Have you ever considered teaching your child a foreign language? It’s a dilemma many homeschool parents face. When you start, what curriculum to use, and why do our students need to learn a foreign language anyway? At True North Homeschool Academy, we believe that learning a foreign language has many benefits. See just a few of them below.
Why learn Spanish? Here are 5 Compelling Reasons.
1) There are currently 20 million people studying Spanish right now!
Of all the foreign languages to study, Spanish might be the most popular, and for a good reason. There are approximately 437- 527 million Spanish Speakers worldwide, depending on which list you look at, but it’s definitely in the top 5 languages spoken worldwide.
2) Spanish is also spoken and understood by over 52 million people in the United States.
But buckle up, because that number is going to grow! By 2060, the Latino population of the U.S. will reach close to 130 million, making it the second largest Spanish speaking country in the world, overtaking Mexico, and increasing the Spanish languages global standing.
3). Spanish, as a language, has a bright future.
With Spanish speakers on the rise, not only in the U.S. It is currently ranked as the second most important language for British citizens to learn.
4). Spanish will increase your employability.
The Spanish market is a huge demographic for companies to target. Currently, the Latin American market has a 1.5 trillion dollar purchasing power (according to Forbes), making Spanish speaking employees more valuable than ever to employees as they tap into this profitable market
5) Understanding Spanish will allow you more opportunities.
These opportunities may come as the chase to travel, work, or study abroad with a richer experience. Speaking Spanish will also open up an entire world of entertainment, with Spanish You-Tubes, television, and movies produced in Spanish.
Why learn a foreign language? For the health and brain benefits of course!
- Learning a foreign language can stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s! Mono-lingual adults showed signs of cognitive decline up to 3 years earlier than bilingual adults.
- Bilingual children score higher on problem-solving than monolingual kids. Learning a new language can improve overall cognitive functioning, including how second-semester you are. In other words, those who are bi-lingual are better able to observe and understand their surroundings, as well as edit out distractions. Bi-lingual people are better able to spot misleading information. Isn’t it interesting that Sherlock Holms and Lord Peter Wimsey (great fictional detectives), along with their creators, Sir Conan Doyle and Dorothy Sayers were bi or multi-lingual?
- Learning a foreign language enhances your understanding of your mother tongue. Learning a second language causes a student to look carefully at sentence structure, grammatical functions and the nuances of vocabulary. A fun aspect of Spanish is that it’s a derivative of Latin. English is significantly influenced by Latin words. You probably know some Spanish and Latin vocabulary already!
- Learning a second language enhances memory and vocabulary. These benefits allow students to score better on standardized tests!
- Learning a second language is good, clean fun! Kids naturally love to talk and write in codes, and a foreign language is just that. A terrific code to decipher for young minds, eager to learn and develop! The early your child learns a second language, the more confident and adept they will be at learning multiple languages!
So are you convinced that your child needs to learn Spanish, but not quite sure where to start?
If you are looking for a great second-semester memory enhancing, code-deciphering, FUN class, check our Spanish for Children or Beginning Latin! Classes meet live online each week, with a passionate, invested multi-lingual speaker.
(Wondering if live, online homeschool courses are right for you? Check out the reasons we love live classes!)