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Old 06-13-2009, 11:01 PM   #1
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Benefits of knowing real Spanish?

I'm taking inductory Spanish I in college during the fall months and I would like to know what the benefits would be for knowing a second language very well?

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Old 06-14-2009, 11:30 AM   #2
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Think of all the countries that speak Spanish and how wonderful it would be to visit already knowing the language.
Also if you know one Latin language, it helps a bit in understanding other Latin tongues - French, Portuguese and Italian.
And being bilingual can open up job opportunities for you where a second language is needed.
And finally, since so few Americans speak another language, unlike the rest of the world, it would add to your value and standing as a citizen of the planet.
Oh yeah - one other benefit. You could understand recipes written in Spanish!
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Old 06-14-2009, 03:47 PM   #3
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Think of all the countries that speak Spanish and how wonderful it would be to visit already knowing the language.
Also if you know one Latin language, it helps a bit in understanding other Latin tongues - French, Portuguese and Italian.
And being bilingual can open up job opportunities for you where a second language is needed.
And finally, since so few Americans speak another language, unlike the rest of the world, it would add to your value and standing as a citizen of the planet.
Oh yeah - one other benefit. You could understand recipes written in Spanish!
I'm defently keeping inductory Spanish 1 then.

Yeah I know I will have to re learn the story about jack and jill went up the hill, and the cow jumped over the moon but in Spanish.
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Old 06-14-2009, 04:15 PM   #4
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Bilingual employees are often paid a bonus, and the ability to speak a second language makes it easier to get some jobs.
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Old 06-14-2009, 04:37 PM   #5
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Muy bien, Chile Chef! Buena Suerte! Usted va a ser un mejor hombre.

Translation of my admittedly very rudimentary Spanish:

Very good, Chile Chef! Good Luck! You will be a better man.

(I'm assuming you're a male. If not please don't be offended.)
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Old 06-14-2009, 06:10 PM   #6
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Bilingual employees are often paid a bonus, and the ability to speak a second language makes it easier to get some jobs.
Gracias Scotch, I forgot about that benefit, I will have to get up in front of the class and speak spanish, Egads I'm going to hurl if I have too.

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Muy bien, Chile Chef! Buena Suerte! Usted va a ser un mejor hombre.

Translation of my admittedly very rudimentary Spanish:

Very good, Chile Chef! Good Luck! You will be a better man.

(I'm assuming you're a male. If not please don't be offended.)
Gracias, Laury yo puedo hacer una conversación en español pero estoy muy limitado en lo que puedo decir!, By the I'm a vato!
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Old 06-14-2009, 06:40 PM   #7
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Considering there are as many people speaking Spanish as there are using English here in SoCal, it is an excellent choice as a second language. Eventually, the English speaking population here will become the minority.
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Hispanics are the fastest growing ethnic group in the US - knowing Espanol is, as others have noted, a real advantage in many lines of work. And...if you ever decide to move to Mexico like we did, then you will be muy feliz. (Laury and I took Spanish classes together, actually!)
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Old 06-14-2009, 11:13 PM   #9
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Considering there are as many people speaking Spanish as there are using English here in SoCal, it is an excellent choice as a second language. Eventually, the English speaking population here will become the minority.
LOL, I think your correct though!

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Hispanics are the fastest growing ethnic group in the US - knowing Espanol is, as others have noted, a real advantage in many lines of work. And...if you ever decide to move to Mexico like we did, then you will be muy feliz. (Laury and I took Spanish classes together, actually!)
Well what'
s the hardest part of Spanish I will be learning?

I know I'm going to be taught very basic Spanish second semester, But I like to know what I'm going to be learning when I start class in August!
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:30 AM   #10
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Chile Chef - it sounds to me like you are way beyond beginner! You can't be that "limitado" if you can put together a sentence like that. Are you sure you shouldn't be in at least an intermediate class???
For me the hardest things to learn were the gender of nouns and the difference between ser and estar - the verbs for "to be".
The easiest parts were basic pronunciation and spelling. It's a much easier language to learn than English would be with all the different pronunciations for the same letters. Think how hard it would be to learn the difference between say, rough, trough dough and through!
By the way what is a "vato"????

And I must say Hola to my dear amiga MexicoKaren. I miss you!
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