It's a numbers game. There are over 400 million Spanish speakers in the world, making Spanish the fourth most commonly spoken language. English, Chinese, and Hindustani are the other three. Consumer electronic commerce will see explosive growth in Latin America. Competitors need to prepare now for the e-commerce tidal wave, and one aspect of market readiness is developing offerings in local languages.

Business opportunities

If you've ever thought of being a nurse, a doctor, a police officer, a judge, an architect, a business person, a singer, a plumber, or a Web master, you will multiply your chances for success if you speak Spanish. It is estimated that 91% of Fortune 500 and Forbes International 800 companies cannot respond correctly to a foreign language email.

Better Understanding of English

When you start to learn another language, you first need to understand all the rules of your own. You will learn the proper use of indirect and direct objects, verbs, nouns, adjectives and tenses. Much of English vocabulary has Latin origins that came to English by way of French. Since Spanish is also a Latin language, you will find as you study Spanish that you will gain a better understanding of your native vocabulary. There is perhaps no more effective way to learn English grammar than by studying the grammar of another language.

It's Easy

Spanish is one of the easiest foreign languages to learn. The vocabulary is similar to English and written Spanish is almost completely phonetic-look at almost any Spanish word and you can tell exactly how it is pronounced. And while mastering the grammar of Spanish can be a challenge, basic grammar is straightforward enough that you can have meaningful communication after only a few lessons.

Travel

If that's not enough to convince you that you should learn Spanish, just picture yourself on a white sandy beach asking the waiter in Spanish where the best scuba diving place is or where to find the most intriguing ruins sites. The rewards of becoming fluent in a foreign language far outweigh the trouble it takes to learn, so jump in and have fun.

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