For English speaking students, Spanish is one of the easiest languages to learn. The language is wide-reaching, spoken internationally and its pronunciation is straightforward. Unlike the much tougher languages of Mandarin, Russian, Icelandic or any of the other non-Romance languages, Spanish is a lingo that is considered to be the easiest and most recommended for unilingual folk to master.
In other words, if you speak just one language and you strive to learn a new language, then Spanish comes highly recommended as the most versatile and least challenging to learn. Learning how to speak or write in any language is never as easy as it was when we had English language lessons at school or college. It came as natural to us. And one of the key things we learnt was that any new language consisted of words or rules for how to put them in some sort of order.
Spanish is not only one of the easiest languages to learn, but has a worldwide 420 million people speaking this language – from Mexico to Spain, Argentina to Bolivia, Colombia to Cuba and Costa Rica to the holiday paradise nation of the Dominican Republic.
There are many more nations where Spanish might not be the official language but it is still widely spoken regardless. Even within the United States, in areas like Southern California, Florida and some of the Border States, Spanish is considered close to the first language there. In fact, by 2050, the United States could have more Spanish speakers than any other country.
One of the key advantages of learning Spanish is the sentence structure and grammar. It is so similar to English. It is not the same, of course. No language matches the sentence structure of English exactly but Spanish is as close as you might get to it, making it clearly one of the easiest languages to learn.
Knowing Spanish will also give you a head start in the other Romance languages of Italian, French and Portuguese. The advantages of speaking Spanish open up several opportunities for the traveller too. If you can only speak English you might find you are going to be stuck in the tourist areas of Mexico or Spain and unable to venture into the deep heart of these nations, where English is not so widely understood or spoken.
If you have a second language skill, it will be great for business. Imagine how employers will judge you when they see you are a bilingual on your resume? Spanish is one of the easiest languages to learn, so it stands to reason this is the first one you should try.
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