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Reasons to learn Spanish?

What are your reasons for learning Spanish?? (All answers in English if possible please, I'm not that fluent in Spanish yet.) Thanks guys! :)

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Marco.estr1
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There is already a lot of spanish speakers in the US including me and more coming i think.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeutscheMaus
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I think Spanish is one of the most beautiful sounding languages out there, plus it is a very useful and practical language to know.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fernfae

Most of my family is Mexican and I've never really been able to properly communicate with them. I'd like to have an actual conversation with my grandma before she dies, even if it's basic.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XxXMaryBethXxX

I hope you and your grandma have many great conversations in the future!! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/David_Birch
  1. By year 2050 the US will be the largest Spanish speaking country in the world.
  2. I'd like to express myself in more than just one language.
  3. And most importantly, to meet/make new friends!
3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rozzie
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Where did you read/hear that?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XxXMaryBethXxX

Here's what I found on the subject....

http://newamericamedia.org/2011/02/us-will-be-biggest-spanish-speaking-country-by-2050-says-scholar.php

EFE / El País, News Report, Posted: Feb 03, 2011

By 2050, 10 percent of the world population will speak Spanish and the United States will be the biggest Spanish-speaking country, the general secretary of the Association of Spanish Language Academies said Monday.

Cuban writer and academic Humberto López Morales made this prediction*** during his speech when he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Valencia at a ceremony presided over by Spanish Education Minister Angel Gabilondo.

He noted that the current situation of Hispanics in the United States is the result of a confluence of historical processes headed by Mexico at the beginning of the 20th century, followed by Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and, more recently, Venezuela and Argentina.

"Besieged by poverty and by the barriers that impeded access to decent salaries, a minimally acceptable home, basic conditions of health or the education of their children," he said, the citizens of those countries emigrated to the "promised land."

"Knowing Spanish is ... among other things, a business," and in some states, like Florida, "Spanish is a good passport for obtaining a job," he said.

According to another study cited by López Morales, "every minute that goes by, 2.5 Hispanics enter the stream of immigrants to the country, that is to say, 3,700 per day."

If the forecast is born out, the United States by 2050 will become the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world and Spanish will be the second-most-spoken language on the planet, surpassed only by Chinese.

"If the course does not change, it's very possible that within three or four generations 10 percent of the world population will understand Spanish. Let us hope so!" he concluded.

*** Note: PREDICTION!!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rozzie
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gracias

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XxXMaryBethXxX

de nada! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XxXMaryBethXxX

I love those reasons! Is the first one really true?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaggiePye
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I initially started learning Spanish (30 years ago) because the area of the U.S. where I grew up was seeing a large influx of Spanish-speaking residents. I enjoyed it; I wound up getting a bachelor's degree in it and then teaching it. In the summers and in my spare time, I worked with a migrant workers' organization and as a translator.

Then I moved to another part of the country and left teaching. I had very little reason to use my Spanish, and it got rusty. So now I'm doing Duolingo to review it. I probably wouldn't have joined Duo just for Spanish, but I was here for French anyway (and now German and Italian), and I'm enjoying the chance to dust off my Spanish skills.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/loboblancodav

Some friends that are learning say to me that is because is both, a challenge and a wonderful way to comunicate with others that are from a different country ( they say spanish has a sexy sound). I love hearing them when they are talking in spanish. I just love my language, and I agree with them when they say it's hard, so I really admire them!!!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XxXMaryBethXxX

I love what Spanish I have learned also. May I ask, how long have you been learning English? :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/loboblancodav

I have never studied formally,it's just that when I was child, I had contact with it. Now I'm curious about some things that I would like to know. That's why I love duo. It has helping me a lot! :)

Regards!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XxXMaryBethXxX

Oh okay, I understand. That's interesting! I love Duo for that reason too!

My regards, Un placer hablar contigo! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rozzie
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It started off as to prove to my family that I could do it because I listen to a lot of Spanish music and they would make fun of me because I didn't understand what the singers were saying. But now it's just for the joy of it. I really do enjoy learning Spanish and I hope I never lose my passion for it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kupgup
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Right now? Mostly guilt.

I took two years of Spanish for my language requirement in college, because it's practical where I live. But in the ten years since those classes, I'd really let it slide.

Lately I've been thinking that it's such a waste to just lose a language like that. So I decided it was time to refresh/relearn!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XxXMaryBethXxX

That sounds like something I would do... I'm glad you decided to pick it back up, It really is a beautiful language once you understand it! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kupgup
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This time I'm planning to keep in practice! Relearning is a lot of work!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XxXMaryBethXxX

Hopefully once I learn it completely, I won't give it up and have to relearn it.... Knowing me though, I'll have to relearn it a couple of times.. :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cowtownpiper

Just know that there are a lot of variations of Spanish out there. So, once you "master" one, just move on to another type. I lived in Venezuela for many years and the Spanish I spoke there is pretty different than the stuff on Duo.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BrookeLorren
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  1. Lots of people in the US speak Spanish
  2. I like languages in general.
  3. I can use the language to design Spanish t-shirts for work
  4. So I can discover what people are thinking about in other parts of the world (read Spanish newspapers from other countries, for example)
  5. You never know when it will come in handy.
  6. So I can speak to people in their native language when I visit their country.

Reasons 2 through 6 work for every other language as well...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XxXMaryBethXxX

Gracias! Very good reasons! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka
  1. I love the way the language sounds. It's just a beautiful language to speak and to hear.
  2. There are many people who speak it who live near me.
  3. There are many people who speak it in wonderful places I'd love to visit.
  4. There's great literature written in Spanish that I would love to read in the original version.
  5. Learning a second, third, etc. language is a great exercise for your brain. It gives your brain a wonderful workout that will keep it healthy and working well for many years to come.
  6. It's important in order to get a viewpoint that's outside our own narrow perspective of culture and language. Like education, or reading, or travel, learning languages broadens the mind and gives us a better perspective on our own manner of being in the world along with everyone else's. We can't truly be global citizens if we know only one language. It shows us other ways to think about things.
  7. Plus it's so cool and so fun! There are so many neat things about language in general that I'm finding out through my study of Spanish. It's teaching me more about language as a whole, and I'm finding that the smattering of linguistics that I'm being exposed to is fascinating too.
3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Inspired1982

Very well said and excellent order. It helps boosting the motivation even for committed learners, thank you : )

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/darth10ter
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Don't forget Spanish music! That's one of my favorite parts. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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I'm learning Spanish now because I want to learn a foreign language, foreign languages are really difficult for me, and Spanish is a little less difficult for me than other foreign languages because I already took some Spanish classes in school.

My reason for taking Spanish in school comes from when I was in 6th grade. The school district started Spanish and French classes in 7th grade, and so my middle school's Spanish and French teachers gave a presentation to 6th graders before we made our decisions. When they said that nouns in both languages have grammatical genders but in Spanish the -a and -o usually tell us which is which and in French the nouns don't do that, I figured Spanish was easier than French. ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

Also, only one type of accent mark! =D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Scriptease
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And a wiggly line :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

True! (We'll ignore the two dots thing porque no es importante.)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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  1. The language is one of the top ten in the number speaking it.

  2. I live 60 miles from the Mexican border.

  3. There are a ton of people in Tucson who speak only Spanish - they get along fine because there are whole communities of hispanohablantes

  4. I tutor English as a second language, mostly to Spanish speakers.

  5. I like to travel in Mexico, and Central and South America.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Scriptease
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My reason is this feeling:

Ese momento when you start pensar en dos idiomas at the same tiempo

3 years ago