Learning Spanish In a Globalized World

August 31, 2021

If you speak to a man in a language that he understands, that comes to his mind. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart ”, Nelson Mandela

Thanks to globalization, the internet and social networks allow us to be in contact with people who do not speak our language.

Communication is a process of exchanging messages between a sender and a receiver but what happens when this process cannot be carried out because we do not speak the same language?

A few years ago I went on a trip to Miami with some of my friends. When we arrived at a local restaurant and asked for the menu we were happy to be able to order in Spanish. One of my friends was not able to order because the server only spoke Spanish. She was quite surprised to learn she would have difficulty ordering food in her own country!

Learning a new language is vital to the globalized world we live in. When we learn a second language we activate our brain, we strengthen it and we exercise it. “Learning new languages ​​improves the reserve of knowledge and brain plasticity, verbal skills, speed of mental processing and cognitive flexibility, which results in greater efficiency of executive functions and analysis capacity,” said Felipe Vega Boada, neurologist and graduate academic of the Faculty of Medicine of the UNAM.

When we learn a new language, it has been shown that the onset of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, frontotemporal dementia and vascular dementia can be delayed by four to six years in bilingual patients compared to monolingual patients. So the advantages of learning a new language are immense.

Learning Spanish opens the doors to new experiences. You can enjoy food, culture, inspire yourself to start a business, enjoy music, literature, as well as enjoy movies in their original language. Spanish is spoken in more than 21 countries all around the world. So imagine being able to communicate and connect with people all over the world in another language! Consider taking the first step today and learn a new language like Spanish. You will be able to enjoy new conversations and understand the history, culture, and influence of the Hispanics who live in your country.

By Vania Sernas

I live in Mexico and have been teaching Spanish for over 20 years. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and practicing yoga.