Spanish was the first „official foreign language“ I began learning at the age of seven. It was the only foreign language offered at my primary school in Australia and from learning simple colours, verbs and numbers, my journey took a big step forward when my mum, having studied the language at University, began practicing with me.
Whilst my mum and I communicate in Latvian amongst ourselves, having a Peruvian step-father meant our household language was primarily Spanish, with a blend of Australian English in the daily mix.
Switching between three languages within the space of was actually normal to me and I didn’t see the big deal to be honest until high school, where other students seemed to be fascinated by this so called talent, with most only speaking one language.
High school was the point where my fluency really took off. In the eighth grade I was accelerated to the next year level up and with an excellent, yet slightly strict Spanish teacher from Málaga, came the Spanish research projects, exams and essay writing. My experience with the Spanish speaking world has been amazing! I have since then travelled around Spain, studied at a Spanish school in Sonsecas, made friends from the Dominican Republic, Peru, Colombia and Mexico. When you can speak the language of your friends families, trust me - it’s a whole entire experience. When you go out with them and meet other international friends, you automatically have a deeper relationship and level of understanding because you understand the hispanic colloquialisms even if they vary from different countries. You connect and feel the same flair as their families and with Spanish being the second-most widely spoken language in the world, you can bet there’s a Spanish speaker somewhere next door.
With Spanish being the official language in 21 countries, across Spain and most of the South and Central American content, knowing the language will truly transform your travel experience. Of course a lot people know English, but this will massively confine your travel experience to those typical tourist resorts, tailored to Westerners where everyone else speaks English and in my opinion, you might as well stay at home if that’s all you set out to see. Knowing the language will get have you welcome into the local culture of any hispanic country, your Google search results in Madrid will go from the most visited and most over-priced tourist restaurant in Spain to „los mejores locales en Madrid“ donde merece la pena a gastar tu plata allí and soon enough you’ll be eating the best damn Croca de Rubia Gallega and vino tinto you’ve ever had in your damn life.
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