https://www.duolingo.com/DanielTowe2

Why are you learning Spanish?

Hey guys! I have been here a long time now but I haven't really used these forums much. I am an English native who has a real passion for both language learning and just Spanish in general!

I originally started learning Spanish about 7 months ago in order to be able to speak with some of my native Spanish friends who study at my university. Then, from using Duolingo as well as 'Conversation Exchange' (great site for meeting natives), I have made some really great friends with whom I practice my Spanish every day. So with that been said, I would love to hear some reasons why you guys are learning Spanish!

También, espero que tengas un buen día! :)

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/myriad1973

Initially it was for my job about 3 months ago. I work in pest control in the Orlando area and there are a lot of customers who don't speak English very well, if at all (¿Dónde están las hormigas? ¿En la cocina?).

Initially I was using Google translate to learn simple phrases, but after a while I figured if I'm going to learn Spanish, I may as well learn it all. In the end it feels empowering to become bilingual, gaining the knowledge of another language, and I don't feel so foreign when I overhear a Spanish conversation. I'm to the point where I can listen and understand parts of the conversation and know what they're saying, if they speak at a medium pace or less. I still have trouble with Puerto Ricans since they tend to speak fast. My speech and grammar need work, but I can get by and they can understand what I'm trying to say.

I've always liked Hispanic people and they really do appreciate that an American male from the north in his early 40's is putting an honest effort into learning their native language. They work so hard at learning our ridiculous language, so why not return the favor?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/waresfamily

To keep the "little grey cells" working.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

When I was really little I always wanted to know some foreign language. (My native language is English) When I found out my Mom's family mostly spoke Spanish, I knew I wanted to learn Spanish. My Dad got me started off, gave me Spanish learning books, Spanish dictionaries, ect. Later I took some classes, and then discovered Duolingo! I also wanted to learn it because it is one of the most spoken languages. Btw: Is your streak how long it took you to finish your tree? :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielTowe2

Almost there! I'm not rushing it because I want to fully understand it all! I just love duolingo hahaha :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

I know, I haven't quite finished mine either. Well, good luck! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElimGarak

I've always been fascinated with the Spanish-speaking world for as long as I can remember. I started learning Spanish in Middle School, and pick it up again for three years in High School. I enjoy learning the language and everything cultural - from La Tomatina, The Running of the Bulls, Semana Santa, to Day of the Dead and various festivals. I also enjoy things like Spanish Tile and the architectural style of the buildings whenever I can find them. So I guess I learn it to give me a link to this world that I'm so enthralled by.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dobie42

I live and work in a part of the US where many, many people speak Spanish as either their native language, their second language, or their only language! I was reluctant to pick it up for the longest time, but I figured I'd be wasting an opportunity to advance in a language if I didn't try.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cosmonautilus

Now you will have the opportunity to get to know so many more people! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/beadspitter

Spanish is pretty much the US's second language (17% of the population and rising). I'm a counselor, and I want to be able to work with Spanish-speaking clients, because there aren't enough providers who can and do at the moment.

Also, I want to do disaster counseling, and I need to be proficient in at least one major world language besides English if I'm going to be useful to the global organizations that coordinate volunteers. Spanish is spoken in so many areas (second highest number of speakers in the world, at least according to one study I saw) that it will be a good first choice.

I love learning languages; that's just why I'm focusing on Spanish right now, and why I have more drive to really attain fluency in the next few years than I've had when studying other languages in the past.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tamuna10
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As I already knew Italian and French, and Spanish was similar to them, plus I loved Spanish language too, I decided to learn it :) Now it's one of my favourite languages :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cosmonautilus

My motivation is that mi novio is Venezuelan. I would like to be able to talk with his family and to hold my own in South America when we travel. It's a secret I'm keeping so I can surprise him someday (if he can get past my accent, which is apparently just sickening to hear based on his reaction to how I say "burro"). I've always thought I should learn Spanish though, as I live in a region with a large and growing Spanish-speaking population and it could be quite useful/fun to speak with them better. I sometimes kick myself for learning French and not Spanish in school but I'm trying to make up for it now! And lastly I just really like learning languages. I'm not so bad at it as other things.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Danielconcasco
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I love this sort of topic. Everyone's answers are so inspiring. Lingots for everyone in the topic!

I'm a Latin teacher who learned Italian as a teen. The evolution of Latin led me to look at Italian again. I found Duolingo by accident, then spent a few months on Portuguese. Seeing how a Latin word branched and changed into the Romance languages was fascinating.

Then I had my first student who was not proficient in English. It broke my heart that I couldn't meet her halfway. I've spent the last 11 months preparing myself for that next student, so that he or she will feel a little more at home in my classroom.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielTowe2

Wow loved reading some of these replies! Duolingo is helping so many people achieve many things, it's great! And for those asking, I'm about 75% through the tree. I'm regularly revisiting every one of the past exercises to a point where they are as easy as "basics 1" hahah! Thanks for all the replies, hopefully I can get to know some of you!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnLiotta
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I started learning Spanish when I was fourteen or fifteen. I took to it quickly. I studied it all through high school, visiting Spain numerous times. I took the AP exam and got a 5. My senior year I started taking French as well. When I began college I kept taking French and tutored Spanish. I debated sticking with Spanish as a major or as an adjunct to my studies but I had myself convinced that I spoke well enough and that I would be fine. Combine years of doing other things and learning other languages like French and Italian, and later Korean, my Spanish started to suffer from lack of practice and application. I went through the lessons here carefully, more slowly than others probably would have because I want to regain the overall foundation I used to have. I'm doing the reverse course now. And just starting some immersion.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aarman32291

Hoy voy a ir a la conferencia de Ministerio Hispano. Yo he estado trabajando en mi espanol por mas o menos un ano porque el ano pasado tuvimos una conferencia sobre respuesta del disastres.

Habia un grupo de Latin America y algunos de ellos no pudieron hablar en ingles. Yo recorde la poco espanol que aprendi en escuela en 2009 pero no pude hablar con facilidad.

Desde inicie estudiar un ano pasado, he ido mejorando y ahora todos los documentos o contratos que pasan por mi escritorio, yo puedo dar un traduccion con velocidad.

Yo entiendo que tengo mucho mas trabajo hacer antes estoy fluido, (y antes este commentario esta correcto) pero estoy confiado y emociado que podre hablar con personas a mi mesa esta semana.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/myriad1973

Muy bien dicho

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aarman32291

Gracias. El primero dia de la convencion esta casi terminado. Yo he sido hablar con unos de ellos en espanol. Y los hablantes nativos han sido muy pacientes y emociado que yo estoy tratando hablar en espanol.

Estoy muy cansado. Pero nuestro culto estaba muy bien. Yo aprendi algunos nuevos himnos y canciones.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fernfae

Most of my family is Mexican/Mexican-American and a lot of them don't speak English very well or at all, so that's one reason. I also grew up fairly separate from my mom and dad's culture in many ways and now I am trying to reconnect.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pewkele
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The only reason why I want to learn Spanish is because it's so widely spoken. I'm not a big fan of it but it seems pretty easy so why not give it a try.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JasmineP.1

I am Puerto Rican, and I am learning it to be able to speak with more of my family, and because I definitely need to do a bit of reconnecting with my culture. At least I have the accent down though! Aha. My accent is pretty deceiving. People think I speak Spanish because of it, when I am nowhere near fluent.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Z4CH3B99

Spanish was my very first language. My first words were in Spanish. I went to school in Spanish up until 3rd Grade. After 3rd grade I transferred to an English speaking school. This transition caused me to put Spanish on the back burner in my mind as I tried to learn English for school. I haven't really used Spanish as much since then. I have even forgotten some seemingly basic things. Along with Duolingo I'm using a variety of other programs to help me get back to 100% fluency.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xoved

What a way to start learning :)!

I have passion for Spanish traditions and music. I had no intentions to learn Spanish language though. One day I accidentally bump into Duolingo and I start learning the basics, a week later it becomes my passion to learn Spanish. So I guess it's pretty accidental but I'm glad it happened :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProfesorAxel

In my case, I speak Spanish, and I'm learning English. I consider them the two most spoken and important languages in the world. It would be a great advantage for me. However, I still have a lot to learn.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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Because I live on a southern U.S. border state.

Well, the real reason is because I think learning languages is awesome, and I want to learn as many as I can.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ZombieRobbie

I have always liked how Spanish sounds. I like listening to Spanish Rock music (even though I understand very little of what is being said.) I also have 7 cousins who are half Cuban that all speak Spanish. I want to be able to converse and understand them during holidays. They speak English too but they prefer to speak Spanish.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RG710
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I started learning it because I fell in love with how it sounds when I was very young, it sounds beautiful and exotic. I also love hearing the songs and to watch some telenovelas. I also love their unique cultures and countries.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/redrosebeetle

That's a multi faceted question for me.

I have always wanted to learn a foreign language. It has always been a dream of mine to be at least trilingual. I took two years of Spanish in high school and enjoyed it enough that I considered majoring in it, but, life happened and I didn't go to college right out of high school. I recently was able to return to college, but, my local community college didn't have a foreign language department, although they did have an American Sign Language interpreting program, which I completed.

In my state, you need to have a bachelor's degree to be become licensed as a Sign Language interpreter. My community college only offers an associates degree in Sign Language and the only bachelor's program in my state is either online (which I do not like) or six hours away. The state college closer up the road offers a bachelor's in several foreign languages, including Spanish (though not ASL). I am doing Duolingo with the hopes of refreshing what I learned in high school so I can test out of the introductory Spanish classes.

So, right now, I am preparing to transfer from my community college to the state college. I hope to major in Spanish and History. This will allow me to work as either an interpreter in Spanish and/ or ASL, a teacher, or some combination of the two.

Why Spanish? Honestly, I'd love to learn German or Mandarin Chinese, but, there just isn't a need for it in my area. I am eminently practical. At the end of the day, I gotta earn some money. Maybe one day, I will be able to add German and Mandarin Chinese to my repitorie, but, that won't happen for a while. Spanish (and ASL) is a needed language in my community, and in the international community.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gman31

I started learning it in seventh grade because I live in California, where Spanish-speakers are everywhere. I thought it was a cool idea to learn Spanish so I could be able to communicate with those people.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anna728367

My in laws have moved to Spain and are those annoying English types who refuse to speak anything other than English (with hand gestures to help). I refuse to be like that every time I visit.

I made a good start but seem to have hit a brick wall with "questions" and "clothes", it just will not sink in no matter how many times I re-do the lesson.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielTowe2

I thought this when I started, I couldn't seem to grasp the difference between 'corbata', 'cinturón' and 'cúal', 'qué' and 'cómo'. Move on from those, the use of these words in other contexts in the next topics will help you greatly. Revisiting the same exercise wont help much, at least not in my opinion. Buena suerte amiga!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/naz-66
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just a step to achieve my goal

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EAJames1991

So many interesting and varied responses on here, I love it!

I have always been interested in languages and have a knack for hearing minute differences in accent and things like that between similar languages and dialect, which I've always enjoyed. I studied French in high school and college and was very close to a French minor in college, but didn't complete it.

Then, about a year ago I decided to spend some time (about 6 months) in El Salvador serving with an organization there. Although I was going to be teaching English and Spanish proficiency was not required, I hated the idea of being that annoying American tourist who can't speak a word of the local language. So I started Duo and a few other language-learning programs at that time. I thought my Spanish was decent when I arrived in country but quickly found out how much I lacked. Just being there, and having local friends to help me out, my Spanish improved significantly. However, as I prepare to return longterm, I hope to increase my Spanish to a more fluent level. Therefore, I'm still studying every day and trying to find as many opportunities as I can to converse with native-speakers (it was so much easier to keep it fresh there where I was hearing/speaking it all the time by necessity).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ocarinaoftime88

I haven't used the forums much yet either, so here goes nothin'. :)

I've been wanting to learn a second language for a very long time, both because I'm fascinated by language in general, and also because I'm not content with being monolingual. I'm a United-States-ian who wants to try to keep up with the rest of the world's language proficiency.

I picked Spanish to start with because I took it in middle school, but never really felt like I learned or understood as much as I wanted to. What's great about doing it again through Duolingo is that I can already tell I am remembering vocab words and understanding verb conjugation better than I did the first time around (maybe partially because learning a language is something I enjoy now and I'm putting more effort into it). Also, Spanish is pretty commonly spoken in the U.S. and it's important to me to be able to communicate with the people around me.

I'm pretty excited about my Duolingo journey! I want to learn Irish after I study Spanish for a while! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GLYN_OWEN

I want to be able to converse with the locals when I visit Spain

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bluemusicnut

I had Spanish in college and did well, but was never fluent, and now have forgotten much. I am a prison volunteer, and found myself with a new prisoner who only speaks Spanish!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eltiosam2

se perfectamente hablar español, soy nativo del idioma.... si alguien quiere una mano, podemos chatear y conversar temas que les interesan a ustedes

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bluemusicnut

Gracias!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HelenaAlla1
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I am learning Spanish because like many other people, I have foreign language requirements for school. Even though I took 4 years of Spanish in high school and a few extracurricular Spanish classes before that, I never really learned to speak more than a few words.

Now I am a back learning Spanish in order to get a degree, and found that I really love learning it (or any language for that matter). It is fun to be able to speak and think in a different language.

1 year ago
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