• Stand out in a competitive job market. A rising number of employers prefer individuals fluent in Spanish. A 2013 survey conducted by Strategy + Business found that 96% of respondents "thought language skills are either 'very important' or 'somewhat important' for professional success in the current business environment."

  • It's relatively easy to learn. Spanish is spelled phonetically and many of the words are similar to English. Because so many people in the U.S. speak Spanish fluently, you don't have to go very far to find someone with whom you can practice with or a place you can fully immerse yourself in the language. 

  • Improve your cognitive skills. Not only does learning a second language improve your brain, it helps your mind stay sharp longer. That's right -- several studies show being bilingual improves cognitive skills unrelated to language. 

  • Expand your horizons. With 329 million native speakers (according to Ethnologue), Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the world after English. Discover hidden treasures and make friends forever as the language barrier disappears.

  • Do your job better. Doctors, lawyers and social workers engage with diverse individuals and families, many of whom may speak Spanish. According to the U.S. census, 12.9 % of Americans speak Spanish at home.

  • Work abroad. If working abroad or traveling for work is one of your career goals, learning how to speak Spanish fluently will help you. In an increasingly global market, being bilingual will help you speak with international clients, negotiate business deals, and collaborate with experts across the globe.   

  • Keep your brain young and healthy. Researchers at the University of Ghent in Belgium recently published a study that added to the growing evidence that bilingualism can delay the onset of Alzheimer's and it "contributes to cognitive reserve and postpones the symptoms of dementia."

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