Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the world, with more than 572 million Spanish speakers worldwide, of which 477 million of those are native speakers. These stats alone make it a good idea to learn Spanish now, to be able to broaden your community and potential collaborators. Of course, in the future it opens many possibilities to travel, to work for an international company, to collaborate with international markets and so on.
If you are planning to work abroad in a Spanish speaking country or you work with Spanish speakers on a daily basis, then even basic Spanish will help you to feel more comfortable. How? Being able to greet your colleagues, make small talk about the weather or discuss your plans for the weekend, all help to create better bonds and improve your work relationships!
Your colleagues will appreciate your efforts to learn the language too.
Being able to read and understand Spanish will make it possible to read lots of literature by both Spanish and Latin American authors and will help you understand the songs of Spanish classics as well as the popular tunes you hear when you go out with friends. You can go to concerts by local bands as well as those of famous singers, and feel more in touch with the music and the culture! All in all, the better your language skills, the better you’ll be able to understand the beauty of the Spanish culture.
Speaking Spanish and having studied it in Spain will give you a professional boost, as you can apply for jobs that require contact with Spanish and Latin American target audiences, be it in sales, marketing or customer service. Boasting an extra language on your CV is a great advantage when seeking out jobs and showing your international experience.
If you are starting your own company, you work for a small business, or you want to move into a new position, speaking Spanish can enhance these options. Maybe your new position involves international communication or requires it, maybe your small business needs to globalize their markets, or maybe your own company needs to connect to Spanish speaking customers more effectively. Learning Spanish can open up these once closed doors, making you personal career and the businesses you work for more successful in the long run.