Spanish is one of the most popular languages people want to learn. Why? Mainly because it can be very useful on your travels, and its an attractive language too!
Studying Spanish in Spain will give you the chance to travel throughout Spain, enjoy the numerous cultural heritage sites as well as the sunny weather, dive into the culture and traditions of different Spanish regions, walk along the long sunny beaches and get to know the locals who are renowned for being very friendly.
For those of you who need a little more convincing, here are five of our biggest reasons why studying Spanish in Spain is a great idea!
1. It’s useful
According to stats, Spanish is the mother tongue of more than 400 million people around the globe! This equates to approximately 6% of the world’s population. Spanish is officially recognized as the second most commonly spoken language, actually ranking ahead of English. This means that learning it can be very useful for you, when it comes to international trade, traveling, communication and getting to know more people than you could have if you didn’t speak it. It’s a skill you are bound to use and when you do come across these situations, you’ll be prepared.
2. Maximize travel experiences
Traveling is one of the most enriching experiences you can have, and you would be able to make much more of your travels in Spain and Latin America if you speak the language. The list of countries in which Spanish is the predominant language includes popular destinations like Spain, Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Spanish people as well as Latin Americans are very friendly people and love to chat. Learning Spanish abroad enables you to pick up the language and use it as you go, and it means you get to travel and see a new culture at the same time.
3. Boost employment prospects
In today’s global marketplace, knowledge of a second language can be an extremely valuable asset for employers and employees alike. Speaking the Spanish spoken in Spain will open doors to business opportunities in major Spanish cities as well as the whole Latin American market. According to a recent research by Forbes magazine, the purchasing power of the Latin American market estimates to $1.5 trillion. Many companies set up their offices in Spain to work with the Spanish as well as the Latin American market.
4. Broaden cultural and historical perspectives
Being an intermediate or advanced Spanish language user allows you to read novels from the likes of Miguel de Cervantes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Pablo Neruda or watch original films by Pedro Almodóvar and Alejandro Amenabar, to name a few. You can also go to concerts of popular Spanish dances like flamenco, sevillana and paso doble to really experience the traditions here!
Learning Spanish while in Spain will make it easier to explore the numerous cultural and architectural heritage sites. You can’t miss out on the capital, Madrid, with its imperial architecture and unique art collection in the “Museo del Prado”. Spain is also home to many unique cathedrals including the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona or the Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba in Cordoba. Both structures display influences from Spanish history, such as the Moors and Visgoths. You should also visit the Alhambra, a sprawling castle-fortress in Granada, Spain. And of course, if you are a fan of modern architecture, then the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, designed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, is sure to impress!
5. Spice up the learning experience
It’s hard to talk about Spain without mentioning food! Tapas are a great way to eat a lot of Spanish food, for a relatively cheap price. Tapas are small plates that are similar to appetizers. For a main dish go for one of the many varieties of paella, a rice dish with different kinds of meat and a mix of spices. If in Valencia, the birthplace of paella, you should definitely try paella Valenciana, a combination of rice, chicken and rabbit meat, snails and a mix of local spices. You may even wish to join a cooking course to find out how to make it!
If you have already decided to come and study Spanish in Spain or you are still considering it, click here to explore our Spanish language courses in Valencia!