https://www.duolingo.com/drunkawe

Why are you learning Spanish?

drunkawe
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The question is pretty straightforward: why learn Spanish?

I am a native Spanish speaker, so it is sheer curiosity, I wonder if there are more professional, educational, cultural or other reasons behind.

The best answers might get a couple of lingots for helping me satiate my curiosity :-)

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/hebell
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I am the wife of an American Airline pilot, who recently shifted his base of operation to Miami, to fly widebody southern routes, and thereby avoid the jetlag of his previous East-West US routes. We are in our mid-50s. I have been studying hard, not only to appreciate great local music, but to be able to fly to places where he flies (spouses can fly standby - it is an company benefit). He does not have time to learn the language, but if I can speak conversationally, it will make our time in S. America much more enjoyable. In my youth, the study of other languages was not considered important. I have been working hard now, about 30-45 minutes per day, since October 2015. As an engineer and programmer, Duolingo learning is very different from those fields, and I can feel my brain benefiting from the discipline of simply listening. This is a pattern learning activity - the last time I can recall learning like this is in my violin and piano training (of many many years) in my youth.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bravo_joy
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wow, so interesting! have you been using your spanish skills to talk to people in south america?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hebell
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The southerly routes open up to him this Fall. (We moved in December). So, I've been practicing in the Miami area, and am excited to use it this Fall. My best efforts at conversation in the US, have been with people I meet at the Library. I knew at my age I might be slower to learn, so I have given myself a year.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sam_R_H

¡Hola drunkawe!

Yo quiero aprender español porque desde yo era niña, quería ser traductora y/o intérprete. En mi escuela secundaria, no me gustaba ninguno de mis sujetos. Las matemáticas, la ciencia y la literature - ¡bleh! Para mí, eran aburridos.

Pero, en mi primera clase de español, era como amor a primera vista. ¡El ritmo y el sonido de la lengua y la cultura de los países hispanos, ayy! Me gustaba la clase tanto que tenía cuatro clases de español en la escuela secundaria - una clase para cada año. Era una decisión simple para mí estudiar español en la universidad, y aquí estoy en mi tercer año.

Por mis clases, aprendí mucho de las personas hispanas que viven en los EUA, y también aprendí mucho de los prejuicios que tienen los ciudadanos de los EUA sobre los hispanos. No era fácil para mi oir todas las cosas que dicen mis amigos y parientes sobre los hispanos, como que eran estupidos y perezosos y ladrones, porque supe la verdad era el opuesto a menudo.

Por mis estudios, yo quiero aprender español y llegar a ser traductora/intérprete para ayudar a los hispanos que viven en los EUA y mejorar sus vidas, porque a menudo, son personas amables y generosas que quieren tener vidas mejores de las que tuvieron en sus países nativos.

(También, quiero excusarme por mi español. Yo sé que a veces cometo errores.)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
PolyglotCiro
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(Soy hablante de español nativo, de Argentina :D) Tu español es casi perfecto, sólo 2 errores, en español siempre se dice ''lo opuesto'', y no ''el opuesto''. disculparme por mi español.
¡Te felicito! ¡Sigue así!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sam_R_H

¡Gracias por tu ayuda! :)

Argentina es un país bellísimo, y quiero visitarlo en el futuro. ¡Que tengas un buen día!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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¡De nada! ¡Ven pronto!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinCroft
MartinCroft
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I'm not a native speaker but I think your Spanish is great! :) Keep it up!

Also, I can relate to you in many ways :). I'm majoring in English, specializing in American English. Just like you, I always knew that other subjects were not really for me. Languages were always something I really enjoyed studying and something that I didn't find overly challenging so the choice was obvious :D.

If you see any mistakes in my English, please tell me :). In this way you'll help me a lot.

Btw, Is your profile picture a map of Wisconsin? :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sam_R_H

Hello, MartinCroft!

Your English is very good! It has a very nice, natural flow to it that I don't often see in non-native speakers. If you hadn't said you weren't a native speaker, I probably wouldn't have known. If you don't mind me asking, what is your native language?

Languages, to me, see to be a very "niche" subject - not many people are interested in them, but those who are interested in them often love them a lot!

And yes, lol, my profile picture is of Wisconsin. It's my home state :)

Have a good day!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinCroft
MartinCroft
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Thank you so much! :) That's the best compliment you could possible give me :D. My native language is Polish.

You're right, I think they are a "niche" subject. A lot of people get discouraged really quickly and they never get back to the language they started learning which is a pity ;/.

Cool, Wisconsin must be an awesome place :D. I heard it gets pretty cold there in the winter. :)

Have a good day too! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/asdf098
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There's a few reasons. One of which is I simply want to speak at least 2 languages. I didn't like being able to only speak one. Learning another language also opens up another area of communication.

I want to travel to Spain (and other countries) for a bit and knowing the language would increase my enjoyment of the time spent there to me.

Being able to speak Spanish gives an added bonus to whatever job you have as well.

And because speaking in multiple languages is fun.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinCroft
MartinCroft
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Hola,

Pensé que si preguntas por qué estoy estudiando español, te responderé en el dicho idioma :).

Pues, la verdad es que el español me encanta. Es un idioma muy bonito y aunque su gramática es bastante difícil, la creo un buen ejercicio para el cerebro. :)

El español lo empecé a estudiar hace 3 años. Mi primer idioma romance era francés pero cuando 'descubrí' el español, me enamoré de inmediato. Por un año, lo estudiaba por mi cuenta pero luego conocí a un español que ahora es uno de mis mejores amigos. Las conversaciones con él me ayudan inmensamente.

La cultura del mundo hispanohablante es algo que me fascina. Me encanta aprender sobre las costumbres en varios países. La literatura también es algo que me gusta mucho, me interesa el género literario conocido como el realismo mágico.

Ahora el español es algo más que simplemente un idioma extranjero, esta lengua forma parte de mi vida. Este idioma me gusta tanto que incluso estoy pensando en estudiarlo en la universidad después de terminar mi carrera de la filología inglesa :).

Perdona si este texto es muy largo pero quería explicar porque tu idioma nativo es tan especial para mí. :)

Dado que intento mejorar siempre que pueda, por favor, díganme si he cometido errores en este mensaje. ¡Gracias! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bravo_joy
bravo_joy
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thank you for sharing! your words about how much you love spanish are beautiful!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinCroft
MartinCroft
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Thank you so much! :) I'm glad you liked it and thanks for commenting :).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulampwrs
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Honestly, I am learning Spanish purely for the fun of it. Over the years, many Mexican immigrants have come to live in my area of the USA, and in my work I encountered several who needed my help but were not able to speak English. We always had to seek the assistance of an interpreter, and I have never liked that process. I decided to see if it was possible for me to learn another language at this later stage of my life. Thanks to Duolingo, I have found that it IS indeed possible, and I am having a blast! The Spanish language is so beautiful.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KT_L

I'm learning Spanish in school, and some things in Duolingo help me get a head start.

I would like to learn to fluently speak another language, and maybe one day travel to any Spanish speaking place.

My friends are also learning Spanish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/espanolpat
espanolpat
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I am fluent in french and would like to add another language. Why not learn Spanish and become fluent in 3 languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zyriel
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I wish we'd had Duo when I was in High School. I think I'd be speaking like 4 languages at this point. Good on you!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mark902129

I live in central Florida and "mi barrio" has a large percent of Spanish speakers. I think that the Anglo population who have English as a mother tongue is less than 50 percent at last census. Most of the Spanish speaking families have both first generation and and second generation speakers in them. (Parents came from Mexico and kids are growing up and going to school in Florida) .Sooooo..... Since I like to talk to people, I was missing out on half my neighbors. This situation is a great opportunity for me and my family to learn Spanish. "Estoy aprendiendo español" always seems to get me smiles and language partners. Anyway, "Voy a practicar."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeFox17

I am a Canadian who travels to Mexico regularly and would like to communicate with local residents in their native tongue

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maggimunro
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We have a house in France only 15 K from the Spanish border, so I'm using Duo to enable me to shop and go to restaurants in Spain and not feel totally like an arrogant foreigner who expects everybody else to speak English.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tx_belle

i live in texas...to understand the folks around me I'm learning Spanish I think I read by 2025 or something like that Spanish will be a predominate language in texas

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kdressl

I took a semester class in Spanish 40 years ago. I never had time to take another, but have traveled extensively in Central America from Mexico through Colombia to Ecuador and Peru looking for orchids. I live in Costa Rica now where I have just become a naturalized citizen. I do not want to be a foreigner speaking fairly good Spanish, but a full citizen with a proficiency in the language. It is harder to remember everything I learn as I age, so the repetition helps.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bravo_joy
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half of my family is Puerto Rican so I grew up going to visit them every year. It seemed that on each trip I would learn a little more Spanish, but didn't really start speaking it until I was in high school.

I was about 18 and on a missions trip to Costa Rica when a woman there asked me a question in Spanish. I remember being so surprised that I could actually put a sentence together in Spanish! I used Spanish a lot on that trip and was able to have some good conversations with the people there.

In college I took a lot of Spanish classes and learned more and more. But I started getting discouraged. I didn't fully understand all the grammar I was learning. I was pretty busy and didn't have the time to really learn everything I was taught in class. I kept taking classes and eventually added a Spanish minor, but never felt as confident with Spanish I did that day in Costa Rica when I hardly knew anything!

I graduated from college a couple years ago. I feel like I have all this knowledge of Spanish, but still don't really know how to use it. I can have conversations, I can read some things, but I definitely don't feel like I am fluent. So that is my long story about why I am doing Duolingo. I want to one day understand this language I have been learning my whole life. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinCroft
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Hey there :),

I'm sure you will speak it fluently really soon. I also believe you underestimate what you already know; it often happens to me ;D.

I think you were feeling more confident in Costa Rica because you didn't realize how much you'd still have to learn. The more we know, the more complicated the language seems, at least that's how I feel about English, Spanish and other languages I'm learning. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bravo_joy
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Thanks for the encouragement! I appreciate it!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinCroft
MartinCroft
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You're welcome! Don't ever give up and you'll achieve your goals, I'm sure :).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CaptsinFoxy

I was taking Spanish in school. After a few months and a summer of not being class it was really hard for me after I came back, so I started Duolingo so I could understand Spanish next year.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amyharryhollie

I first starting learning Spanish in school last year, and at first I absoutley hated it. I don't know why I just couldn't stand it, but later on that year I discovered duolingo and I began to learn more and more Spanish and now I just love it! I think it was just because it was all so new and it confused me a little at the start. There are lots of reasons why I am learning Spanish and these are just a few of them:

-For school. I'm hoping to do Spanish for GCSEs, which are incredibly important tests that are taken in the UK, as I find it the most interesting and easiest language to learn.

-For travel purposes. I usually go on vacation to Spain and the thought of being able to communicate in Spanish with Spanish natives excites me as it's something that I've never done before.

-For fun. Spanish is such a fun language to learn and it is such a useful language which is a bonus! :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MichelleHorstb

i am studying for my spanish exams in three days.. ive had spanish as a subject in school for three years now and i really suck. but i find spanish really cool, plus i really want to travel more in south america, so it would be awesome to understand a bit more

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mark902129

If took 4 years of French in high school many years ago, and I now remember how to count to ten, and "Do you want to sleep with me" in French. My Spanish is doing much better now because I have a real reason to learn. I think then, it was just to fulfill and class requirement.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MichelleHorstb

yes, if you dont use the language, you will forget the moment you're out of school. I just discovered this website and now i actually think its so much fun, even though my school is ending this summer, im thinking of continuing my spanish lessons in here

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeltaHotel
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Voy a tratar a explicar... puedo hablar y escribir solo un poco :)

Quiero aprender la idioma porque aquí en los estados unidos, tenemos muchos latinos y mexicanos, y me hubiera gustaría hablar con ellos. Desafortunadamente, la mayoría de la gente aquí piensan que sabiendo ingles es suficiente. No me acuerdo con eso. Quiero aprender así que puedo hablar con otra personas aquí, y también así que puedo viajar a mexico, peru, ecuador, y otros lugares.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KevinJacks20

Tengo dos motivos. Primero, hay muchos hispanohablantes aqui donde vivo en los EEUU. La habilidad hablar español tiene valor aqui. Segundo, me gustaría viajar mas, y me parece que el español es el idioma mejor de aprender para los viajeros.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GraceOM
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I work in the county jail and many of the clients speak Spanish. It's finally time for me to be able to speak with them easily. Also, my church has experienced an influx of Spanish-speaking families. Hospitality demands that they would be greeted in their own language. Besides, they tell me it's good to know another language to avoid Alzheimer's.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RabbitsRabbits

Yes, learning another language can prevent, reduce, or delay dementia, and it can delay symptoms of Alzheimers, but unfortunately it can't stop people getting Alzheimers. Still, being able to fight symptoms is a wonderful gift!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wolfie_Vann

My reasons are kinda of normal and ordinary. First thing is that I heard that Español is easier a lot easier then other languages for English native speakers. I also heard that once you learn another language it's easier to add more so I figure I start with Español and then move on to other languages later. Secondly is the fact that by doing this I can pick up Español at home and then take another language later for my credits I need for high school. Finally I live in the part of U.S where Español is basically a second language and, I've always wanted to be able to understand what they are saying and to get more active in the community.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arnoldvl

Because, like English, Spanish is a world language. Actually currently there are more native speakers of Spanish than there are of English. In the US alone, there are something like 40 million native Spanish speakers, and the US, like most Spanish speaking countries, has its own Spanish Academy watching over the language. It is a language with a rich literature and astounding cultural diversity. And, of course, in the area where I live, Texas, Spanish is widely spoken, and you see written Spanish almost everywhere you go. And of course, there are a lot of Spanish TV available, both broadcast and on cable.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinRaft

I want to be able to communicate with spanish speaking people in my community

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nahlamohamed20

ammm ..... I don't know !! maybe just becuz I like it and it's somehow easier than other languages (in school I tried learning french for 10 years !! but still can speak fluently), I also love the spanish songs and I really want to understand 'em and what they mean ..

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dagobertinchen

I learn Spanish, because Mandarin is not available on Duolingo. ;)

(I speak German, English and French already - German living in Australia with rusty French - hence these important languages are already covered. Ok, and I happen to have enough time at the moment thanks to a sports injury.)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tammythree

I have more than one reason: 1. Always wanted to know more than one language.
2. It is the second language spoken in the US after English. 3. It's on my bucket list. I planned to know five languages as a child. Now, I'm in my fifties and English is the only language I speak. I studied French and Spanish, but never stuck with it. Time is running out.
4. I'm hopelessly in love with telenovelas. I want to watch them without subtitles. The same with books. 5. There is a lot of research out there stating that people who learn languages have lower incidents of dementia. At my age this is very appealing.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kdressl

I am hoping that studying a 2nd language will help me avoid Alzheimer's and demantia, or at least put it off until much later. My husband is a Botanist. He got his PhD from Harvard in 1957 and has spoken Spanish since the age of 15. He is fluent and has written many papers and even a couple of books in Spanish, 2 years ago he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. He was 87 then. I always let him take the lead when we were talking in Spanish. Which is why I never became fluent but understand so much spoken and written Spanish. Now I have to take over his emails, finish his writings and deal with all the red tape of the University he is retiring from. So, I can't say that that a 2nd language will prevent the onset of dementia, but I have to wonder if he would have shown more symptoms at a much earlier age. He is 89 now, and still able to interact and live a relatively normal life as long as he doesn't have to handle normal day to day things. Another point, when he has trouble remembering words in one language, he switches to the other. I wonder if this is common in bilingual people with dementia?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tammythree

There is lots of research out there that say that learning a second language, working crossword puzzles, etc, does delay the onset of dementia. I believe this to be true. My biology teacher said that you're basically building new neural pathways. The more pathways, the more likely we are to delay this horrible disease.

At any rate, they've just done experiments on mice and have seen a reversal in dementia. The belief is that one day dementia will be treated like diabetes. I look forward to that day coming soon.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hebell
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Hi, fellow 50-year-plus learner! Is there a telenova series you would recommend? To my surprise, I stumbled across one, listened for a bit, and could figure out quite a bit! I am reading children's books. I am at the "Curious George" level of reading... I can read it with near complete comprehension. Gossip magazines - I can figure out about 1/3rd of what is being said.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kdressl

Can you receive a spanish TV station so you could listen to the news in Spanish? I've found that the anouncer's Spanish is usually of higher quality than my neighbors and as I could follow the videos when I first began listening to them, it also helped me to incorporate new words into my vocabulary. If I were to watch a novela I'd become hooked and I simply don't have the time for that!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tammythree

El Clon is one of my favorites. I watch telenovelas on Netflix. When I run out of them, I'll have to at least be able to read Spanish subtitles.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zyriel
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I grew up in California, and as such had Spanish virtually crammed down my throat. I was very resistant to it and refused to learn more than some basic words/phrases that I picked up from friends or on trips to Mexico. I chose French while in school instead.

About two years ago I went on vacation to a resort in Mexico. I fell in love with the staff. They were so wonderful (I'm even friends with one on Facebook). And I found myself wanting to speak with them better. For the most part, their English was very good, but I wanted to reach out and cross that divide myself too, not just make them come to me. It gave me a reason finally to want to learn Spanish.

I started on it when we got back but then lost track and forgot about it a few Duo Bubbles in. This last fall for some reason I picked it back up and that's when I feel like I really started learning it.

At this point, I love being able to pick up snippets of what I hear around me when out shopping. Or to randomly translate something for my partner that we see on TV, online, or while out and about. I still get nervous ordering food in Spanish, but I'm getting there. I found myself getting involved in Spanish/English interchanges and meeting people, particularly Spanish speaking locals. I'm really thrilled.

And because of those locals and interchanges, I've come to understand just how difficult English really is. I knew it before, but I understand it now. I have so much respect for Spanish speakers trying to learn English, it is no easy task.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Worm2.0

I am learning Spanish in homeschooling, and I love it! I know it will be so useful to be able to talk to many people, even if they don't speak my language. Duolingo is awesome for learning the basics like I am!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/winandfx

I used to listen to the Molotov band too much 10 years ago:-( And I like the way Spanish language sounds. And A LOT of people in the world speak it. And i think it's not hard to learn it when you already know (well.. sort of) English.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kellystardust

my sister studied spanish for 4 years in university and is almost fluent, so if i speak too we can have a little escape from our crazy family when we're together haha.

además, mi novio es de cancun mexico, y lo visitaré en septiembre :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/13garza

Necesito practicar mi inglés con algún nativo. Mi lengua materna es el español y podríamos intercambiar conversación, mail, chat, skype... Thanks and greetings from Spain

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maggimunro
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Hi, I would love to practice my Spanish with you but I am a beginner and speak very little. Greeting from Catalunya.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/13garza

We would tried, I too speak very bad and litte. Es 696827907. Add my. Thanks

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hank_Williams_Sr
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Hi there! Basically, my native language is Russian. The secondary is English. I chose to learn Spanish just because I wanted to play on Spanish SAMP server. JAjjajajajajajj. Dat´s it.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ECMO16
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I'm half Salvadoran but I was born and raised in the US so I grew up with Spanish being spoken around me, but I'm still not fluent in it. I want to be able to speak with my family more and besides, the US is the second most Spanish speaking country in the world so it's bound to come in handy even if I wasn't Hispanic.

1 month ago
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