What Spanish Has Done For Me

Updated: Mar 1, 2021

I started taking Spanish classes at the beginning of my freshman year of high school. I was debating whether or not to take French or Spanish for a few months, but I obviously chose Spanish as I thought it would be more useful. To be honest, I am nowhere near the best at Spanish, and I have quite a bit more to learn, but it has impacted my life in ways I never thought.


Spanish is something that I am very passionate about, and I want to just learn more and more about the language and culture. It is not often in this day in age that we have time to do something that we want to do, but I try my best to practice Spanish as much as I can outside my classes. This can vary from reading a book, learning new vocab, practicing tenses, or watching a show, they all have the same effect; me enjoying what I am doing.

However, as we all know, a language is based upon one’s culture, so you can’t fully learn or fully appreciate one’s language without first engulfing yourself in the culture. When learning about a different culture we also get to learn about the different outlooks and perspectives they have on major life events. Learning about Día de los Muertos every year and this year setting up an ofrenda to honor my friends who have passed is something that I am so glad the Spanish culture taught me. We here in the states look at death as a sad and scary thing, and while it is, we can celebrate their life instead of mourning their loss each year and I think that is just beautiful.


I am also quite lucky that I have had some amazing Spanish teachers along the way. I was never one to like awkward situations, as I’m sure none of us look forward to those, but I have learned that when learning a second language, we have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. The Spanish teachers I have had over the years definitely know how to do that, as they pushed, and continue to push me everyday to better my abilities.


But what's my favorite part about learning a new language? I believe that learning, practicing, and implementing a new language in your everyday life just makes you more aware of the fact that there is more to this world than you. We often get caught up in our everyday schedules and problems that we forget that there are so many people, hundreds of thousands of miles away, who are going through the same thing we are. Learning a new language allows you to meet tons of people- all of which have had different experiences- and in doing this you start to realize that you’re never truly alone… and I think that is beautiful.




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