https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bmann2k3

Why Learn Spanish (or another language)? 1 Reason That's Not Always Talked About

Why learn Spanish? I've heard Sean Canneall say several times that we overestimate what we can do in 1 year, and we underestimate what we can do in 3. Learning Spanish helps me develop the discipline of doing projects that last more than 5 minutes, 5 hours or 10 hours. It helps me be content with getting long term benefits after learning something for at least 1,000 hours, and this experience and mentality is very helpful to have in learning other complex subjects.

I share more thoughts in this short video I created here: https://youtu.be/oQLc46TlFDM

What is your strongest or most unique reason why someone should learn a foreign language?

August 11, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/niabruk

I mean, why not? You can communicate to others who speak the same language, and help those who don't understand English. It can help during work, if you are multilingual. It's also a fun activity in your downtime. Although its mandatory to learn French in my country, it's fun to learn it during my own time. I don't have a huge reason as to why people should learn foreign languages, but I mean why not? YOLO.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bmann2k3

I agree niabruk; being more skilled isn't a bad thing. ;)

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/niabruk

For sure!

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bmann2k3

If you don't mind me asking, niabruk, what country do you live in? France?

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J.Luxe

Hey, Franklin! Glad to see you here.

Just watched the video. Wow! 36.4 years? I guess when you do the math, then you realize you need to invest more time in daily studies.

Based on what I've experienced in the five months of learning Spanish, I'd say learning a foreign language can increase your sense of self (or confidence).

There are other reasons, yet I've noticed that I've felt stronger; more resilient during this time. That may be due to the fact that I had to become more disciplined in order to learn this new language.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bmann2k3

Nice to see you, too, J.Luxe! :)

The confidence and discipline you're gaining in Spanish is going to help you be that much more diligent when you pursue other subjects in the future. :)

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/niabruk

Yes, so Duolingo confuses me from what we are learning. Where are you from?

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bmann2k3

I'm from the US. I've spend all my life in the US with the exception of around 1.5 months. However, I went to a small, international college where I was able to get to know people from other countries, which was nice. That planted in my mind a seed to learn Spanish one day.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/niabruk

Very cool! How long have you been learning?

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bmann2k3

I've started and stopped learning Spanish several times, but I've considered myself a serious Spanish language learner ever since I completed my Duolingo Spanish tree in April 2017. (I know the tree expanded after that time, but I've moved on to learning Spanish in a real world context).

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/niabruk

Wonderful job! Are you considering learning any other languages?

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bmann2k3

At this point, at least for this year (and probably next year), I'm going to stick with Spanish. I haven't counted my hours exactly, but I'm confident that I will have put in at least 1,000 hours with Spanish by the 2019. Next year, I'm going enroll in an online Spanish course that's about creating online businesses. This isn't an accredited business course; it's done by a Spanish speaking YouTuber that I follow, and she's continually adding new courses. I think I'm also going to take a free Spanish course about how to make Wordpress Websites in 2020 as well. Basically, I'm continually seeking ways to use Spanish as a tool instead of a study to continue to challenge myself.

I did see a YouTube video today about someone breaking down how simple Chinese grammar is, and based on that video alone, I have been a little tempted to learn Chinese. However, I want to continue to grow in Spanish for the time being.

I'm also interested in learning Hindi, but I just haven't chosen a 3rd language at this time.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/niabruk

Good luck on your Spanish journey bmann2k3, you can do it! Hope you enjoy your spanish courses (:

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bmann2k3

Thanks niabruk. The nice thing about this YouTuber (Marta Emerson) is that I've already watched probably 20-30+ of her videos, and I understand basically around 80-90% or more of what she says for the most part, so doing her course (which is only $12/mo) is a natural extension.

If you haven't done so already niabruk, I hope you'll find much use for using French in the workplace! :)

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/niabruk

Thank you!!

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmeliaJG129

There are so many reasons! Making foreign friends, sharing the gospel with unreached people, and growing your brain just to name a few. I speak Spanish and I can't tell you how usefull it is in everyday life!

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bmann2k3

Great AmeliaJG129! Sharing the gospel with unreached people is an excellent reason because gospel is to go to "every nation, kindred, tongue, and people." Revelation 14:6. I actually like reading Christian books in Spanish, and I sometimes go to a Spanish church. Being in a Spanish church is like being in another country to me, and I've come to be more and more comfortable in all Spanish environments.

Last year, I was able to meet my language partner from another country face to face at a youth convention in the US that we both attended, which was pretty cool.

That's awesome that you speak Spanish!

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmeliaJG129

I was a missionary in Spain for years, and am going to Spanish churches to keep it up. I really like the music there! There is something about singing in another language that is really cool! Reading the Bible in Spanish is also a great way to learn if you already are familiar with the verses.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Larry-Ichthus731

Very cool, what part of Spain were you a missionary to, and for how many years in all?

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmeliaJG129

I lived in Asturias (the very north) for four years, but my family recently returned to America.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Larry-Ichthus731

Wow that is one of the most beautiful parts of Spain. We live in AndalucĂ­a

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bmann2k3

Cool! That's great that you dedicated your life to serving God as a missionary. I have been reading the Bible especially recently in Spanish, and I actually am understanding a lot of what I'm reading. This has been different than last year when it was a lot harder for me to read the Bible in Spanish.

I use LingQ and sometimes Google Translate to help me read in Spanish faster. I've read over 600,00 words in Spanish with LingQ.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmeliaJG129

Andalucia is very beautuful too! I have been there many times and love it.

August 11, 2019
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