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WHY are you learning Spanish?

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Those of you who have a practical reason for studying Spanish, (that is, you are not simply collecting languages) what is it?

I am curious.

I will start off. I am learning Spanish because I plan to travel in South America next year and I hate trying to get people to speak my own language when I travel.

I was pretty good at Spanish 40 years ago and to review and get to moderate fluency, I am almost finished with the Duolingo tree, 1/3 of the way through Destinos and halfway through Level 3 of Pimsleur Spanish.

What's your story?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ElimGarak

I started studying Spanish when I lived in the south at some point during junior high. By the time I began studying it again as a freshman I was a little bit ahead of everybody else and somewhat bored. I kept with it for three years in high school - taking levels 1 through 6. I could have taken 7 & 8, but I didn't want to be the only one and have to technically take the level 4 class again and self-learn the material as I had with a smaller group for the level 5 & 6 material. My last year of Spanish we hosted our first exchange student - an Ecuadorian. After I had graduated, I continued to study Spanish off and on - I think I have watched Destinos 3 or 4 times over by now. Unfortunately, I don't live anywhere near native Spanish speakers and while I can read, write, and understand almost all Spanish, I can't really speak it. A few years ago, I attended the Ecuadorian's wedding in Quito and realized just how rusty my Spanish had become. So my goal is to finally get serious with my Spanish, relearn it and hopefully return to Ecuador to buy a beach / vacation house at some point. The truth is that I really do love the Spanish language and have always loved it - I just need to learn not to default to English and to think in Spanish.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mandyturtle

I fell in love with someone who couldn't speak much English. corny but true :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/clemmcd

To keep my brain from atrophy! Spanish is such a great and useful language. Having had both French and Latin at school and a small exposure to Spanish as a young adult, now in my 50's it seemed like something to spend some more time on. Good luck to all!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
vcel10
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  • I want to read some books in Spanish (French and Japanese) . . . yeah I'm just a freaking bookworm.
  • I want to enjoy some films.
  • Being able to speak Spanish (living in NYC) definitely helps.

I have not intention of collecting languages, so my currently focus is Spanish.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/khajoo

I am trying to learn Spanish because we are a couple planning to move to Ecuador... So its always good to know the language of the country so that you can communicate with people!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LadyBarkdog

I wanted to know what the hell my neighbors & co-workers are talking about.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BrandonL4

I started out learning spanish at a job where I was surrounded by people who spoke only spanish. Shortly after i learned some spanish, and was also looking for a place to live, one of my friends/co-workers told me he had a room in his apartment he could rent me. He was from Mexico and his wife from Honduras, and neither of them spoke much english, so I spent many nights of "como se dice?" As my spanish strengthened, people from work would frequently come to me and ask me how to say stuff in english that they wanted to tell the boss, such as needing a day off for a doctors appointment and the like. I really enjoyed this exchange and teaching process. Now, I am in college preparing myself to teach english overseas. I plan to go to Spain first, but that may change, I am mainly sticking with spanish for now because I am a firm believer in finishing one thing before you start another. I started learning spanish, and intend to speak it fluently before continuing to another language. Or, if plans change and I go to a different country first, my language learning will of course have to adapt. I graduate college at the end of 2015, and will set out in 2016.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adina_atl

I spend three months a year in Costa Rica. Many of the people I interact with speak English, but some do not, and I would prefer to be able to speak in their language instead of mine. I've been learning Spanish since my very first trip, but Duolingo has sped up the process amazingly.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dexterinthedark

I am learning Spanish because after reading every linguistics article on Wikipedia (and becoming an informal expert), the next logical step was to learn a language. I chose Spanish for the verbs that encode pronouns and the tenses that English lacks such as the imperfect and subjunctive tenses. also the obligatory distinction between you singular and plural is a minor attraction.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Majklo_Blic
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I first learned it in middle school; I've been relearning it in order to provide better customer service at the drugstore where I work. There's an extensive local Hispanic community, and even though most of our customers know at least some English, many are reluctant to ask for help because of the communication barrier.

It's been working well, for the most part. Listening to and talking with real people is excellent extra practice. And I'm hoping that my own awkward phrasing and godawful accent has inspired at least a few of them to feel more comfortable asking for assistance.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Baggo87

At school we had to do French in first year, and if you got into the top class you were allowed to do Spanish form the second year onwards. However, they over-subscribed, and had to pull names out of a hat to see who was allowed to do it. My name didn't come out, so I ended up learning German. It isn't a fun language.

Now, fifteen years later, I have finally finished all my school studies (including degree and accountancy qualifications), and have no school for the first time ever. So thought I would finally learn Spanish. I've been doing it for two months, and coincidently have just got a job as a European accountant for a company, so now really having to push hard to learn.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RobertReese

Long believed in it. and I always wanted to do it. Now in the U.S. 50,000 Latinos turn 18 each month. Typo, no, each month. Half the growth of the U.S. census in the past ten years is Hispanic. A couple of years ago I started listening to speeches, Che and Fidel, and then music, Shakira, Alejandra Guzman, and Belinda Perigrin Shul. Everyone I just mentioned speaks English. I really love the idea of being bilingual. I may never get there, but I want to try. When Fidel was a young man he was determined to learn 300 English words a day. I am going to keep at it. Good luck to all of you,

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elgatobandido
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I've always wanted to learn a 2nd language and Spanish is the most widely spoken language where I live after English. If (hopefully when) I become fluent in Spanish I might even try learning another language.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jeremypark8

Learning another language has always been on my "bucket list". I spoke to friends who thought Spanish would be a good choice, and then a course came up at work.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xoatbb

I'm learning spanish because i'm in a spanish class.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Synesthete24

My parents got me a little hard "wood" book when I was very young. It had simple words like colors. From there, I started taking the Spanish classes at my school starting at age 6. You'd think that since I've been doing it for so long I'd be better at it, but oh well. A lot of my friends have been talking about what language they want to take in High School. Some say French, some say German, and some say Spanish. My mom took French when she was in High School and says that she regrets it; she doesn't use it at all and no longer remembers much. My dad took Spanish and said that although he doesn't use it too much, he still finds it quite useful. Also, I have a chance to go to South America this Summer. If I do, it should come in handy. So, yeah. (I also started the Irish courses and am failing miserably. It is NOT my strong ground)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MardieF.

Hello. The reason why I want to learn spanish is because of the song "Aqui Estoy yo" I saw the song on youtube and I like the tune. So I want to translate it in English and then after that I learn that there's a lot of bilingual jobs here in the Philippines too :)

3 years ago