But... Why study a new language?
Spanish is one of the easiest foreign languages to learn. Much of its vocabulary is similar to English's, and written Spanish is almost completely phonetic.
Learning Spanish opens up lots of opportunities to have more fun. Who doesn't enjoy reading a good book or watching a good movie? Music? You bet! Food? The best!
For many people, developing a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture is becoming more and more important. Knowing the language will prepare you to better appreciate some of the great Hispanic modern and classic cultural contributions.
There are reasons to learn language for language's sake.
Studying Spanish you will without doubt gain a better understanding of English.
It is easy: Spanish is one of the easiest foreign languages to learn. Much of its vocabulary is similar to English's, and written Spanish is almost completely phonetic.
...and Who is learning a new language?
Nowadays everybody is learning a new language. Residents of the United States, a bunch not known for conquering monoligualism, are studying Spanish in record numbers. Spanish, too, is becoming of greater importance in Europe, where it often is the foreign language of choice after English. And it's no wonder that Spanish is a popular second or third language: with some 400 million speakers.