Are you thinking of learning Spanish but you are not sure if it is worth the effort? Here you have some good reasons to do so:
Open the door to a global language with a large family of native speakers
Spanish is the second most spoken mother tongue worldwide with more than 477 million people in 21 countries. It is the second language in the USA and it is spoken in all five continents. It is also one of the six official languages in the United Nations as well as in the European Union. Spanish is also the world’s third most used language in the media in its various formatting: radio, television, paper and internet. It also makes up 10% of the language used on the Internet.
Discover the great variety of the rich Spanish-speaking cultures
Knowing Spanish gives you access to so many different cultures. Spanish is the common language of 21 countries in various continents, which each has its own unique culture, lifestyle, food and traditions. You’ll open yourself up to so various new cultures, and emerging yourself in these will also enrich your self-development and allow you to make new friends in many parts of the world.
Learn an easy language and the world’s happiest one
Spanish is considered one of the easiest languages to learn as its written form is almost completely phonetic, that is, it pronounces almost everything as it is written. On top of that, Spanish has been recently declared the happiest language in the world (according to a 2015 study conducted by some researchers from the University of Vermont and the MITRE Corporation, published in the scientific journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”).
Boost your employability
Knowing a second language is a real asset when job-hunting. It makes you stand out from the crowd; so it has a real value for recruiters. Spanish already is an important business language in the world and its importance will be increasing partly due to the constant economic growth of Latin American countries.
Open up study abroad opportunities
OGEM (Office of Global Education and Mobility) in NTU offers many opportunities for exchange programmes and summer/winter programs in Spanish speaking-countries. What could be better than discovering a new culture, meeting new people and improving your language skills whilst earning credits for your study programme?
For more information, please contact the Spanish Language Coordinator at Spanish@ntu.edu.sg and join our Facebook page at Español en NTU.