"The most important thing I have learned about Spanish is that to think of it as more than just a class I have to do..." - Max Vos
I have been interested in Spanish since I was about five because my parents could both speak it. When they wanted to talk about a surprise, they would just speak in Spanish. Naturally my sisters and I always wanted to know what they were saying. I also like learning about other cultures, and learning Spanish helps me connect with people from other cultures who do not speak English.
Learning another language can pique our interest in other cultures. Sometimes we forget that there is more to other places than the negative international news stories we see. Learning Spanish led me to do research on Spain and Spanish culture. When I started Spanish, I didn’t think I was able to do well in Spanish, but I learned that if I paid attention and worked hard, that I could do it. That lesson helped me persevere in other areas to.
I also love helping people in any way I can, even if it is just a trivial thing that won’t matter in five minutes. When I help, I want to make sure that I help in the right way and be humble when I do. Whenever I can help someone see a better approach or solution, I like watching where they go with it because they often take it farther than I ever could have by myself. When I choose to help, I may not change someone’s view, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try. Sometimes when we think we have barely made any difference, we have greatly impacted someone's perspective, but we just can’t see it.
The most important thing I have learned about Spanish is that to think of it as more than just a class I have to do. I think all of us should do our best even if we don’t go past Spanish 2. If I'm ever having trouble with a foreign language, I try to remember that even native speakers don’t know everything about their language. More than half of Europe is at least bilingual and yet less than one fifth of the US is.
I think we should raise that percentage with a little more Spanish. Andale!