As a child I always found myself being asked for all the “bad words”. Knowing another language set me apart from others and honestly made me want to hide that side of me. It was hard for me to connect to my background so I blended into American society.
It wasn’t until high school that I realized the major connection the Spanish language created to my familia and cultura.
Too many times, I have met Latinos who can not speak their own language – whether it’s because they were never taught, because it never stuck as they grew up, or because they hid it like I had done for so many years.
My point? Everyone, not only Latinos, should learn Spanish.
Spanish is one of the top three languages used in the entire world and businesses nowadays are seeking out more and more employees who can speak more than one language.
Learning another language, opens your horizons; para Latinos, specifically, it brings us closer to who we are and who we can be. For some of us, it’s the only way we can communicate with our parents or even grandparents.
Learning Spanish not only prepares you for future endeavors, but also allows for a connection to a deep and rich culture.
For me, it has become a way of life. I can speak English and Spanish. I can be Americana and Latina. I am finally able to connect to my proud cultural background and I am able to express myself in a way that is finally truly me.
Learn español; you know you want to!