I've notice a trend in America where spanish is seemingly taking over. Our hispanic population is increasing and companies are beginning to heavily market to this. Nearly ever item and sign in the store has english and spanish on it nowadays. I think this trend will continue to travel beyond retail and into services and social infrastructure. Some day knowing spanish just might pay off. I'm eager to learn.
Are you learning spanish for the same reason I am?
I began learning Spanish to be able to talk to my daughter's future in-lawas in Colombia - (she has since married and is living in Bogota). I unfortunately only learned enough to ask directions and not be afraid when I found myself alone in the airport on arrival before her Dad, already there, and future son-in-law made it to the airport to pick me up!
But once having started to learn, it became so much fun, like working a big intellectual puzzle, that I have continued. Learning the language has also introduced me to entirely new cultures,
By the way, I happened to pick up a terrific book by H.V. Morton called "A Traveler in Spain", which has spawned an interest in the history of Spain as well. The book is in English.
....and then there are all the nice people here on the forum:--)
In my case it started off as a challange, to impress a friend who knows Spanish (and Itallian, being Irish himself - just imagine the accent!) and to prove that I have a knack for languages in general (I'm bilingual, though technically fluent in 3 languages and know french on some basic communication level).
But honestly, this is starting to be immense fun and I'm really enjoying the whole learning process and starting to fall in love with the actual sound of the langauge (I'm very music orienated). But I also realize that actually knowing Spanish can come in very useful later in life, taking into account how many people in the world use this language! So I guess the whole pragmatic aspect is weighing in as well now, but for now it's mainly a great adventure
And I just fell in love with the melody of Spanish. It's quite easy for me to learn as I've been learning English for several years and I have an ear for languages. I only regret that I gave up learning French after my secondary school and now all I can say is "Bonjour" and "Je m'apelle Isabelle".