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This Is What Will Happen When You Learn Spanish

This Is What Will Happen When You Learn Spanish

Spanish is in the top 3 list of the most spoken languages in the world.

This means that if you’re only able to speak English, you’re missing out on over 400 million people you can communicate with. We often joke about the language barriers between dogs and cats, but the exact same analogy applies to us humans.

If you can’t speak Spanish or another language, how can you ever meet and build a relationship with people around the world?

Let’s face it: we’re entering what we call a multi-lingual world. Everything from business, politics, to the media is being globalized at a rate that’s astonishing. The only way to take advantage of this open world is to learn a new language. And there’s no better language to learn than Spanish.

Here’s what will happen when you start to learn Spanish.

1. You’ll be able to communicate with over 400 million people around the world.

As we mentioned before, there are over 400 million native Spanish speakers around the world. To give you an idea just how large that is, there are 365 million native English speakers around the world. Most of us have gone through our entire lives with just English or one other language, so imagine the doors that will open up to new people you can actually converse with, as you travel the world, seek out new business opportunities, and even around your social circle.

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If you think about it, we’ve put up a glass ceiling to our potential when we speak one language, because we limit ourselves to what we can understand. But we live in a massive world, with massive opportunities ahead of us.

Learning Spanish will help you get ahead of this growth curve and ride the wave of opportunities ahead.

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    2. You’ll attract new and more exciting career opportunities.

    Whether you’re in sales, real estate, business, or any industry for that matter, there’s no doubt that learning Spanish will attract more opportunities your way. In fact, many of you may already have Spanish-speaking clients where being able to communicate with them in their native language and understanding their culture will go a long way.

    Even if you’re doing business in the US alone (one of the biggest markets in the world), you’re going to have to appeal to the 30% (130 million +) of the population that are Hispanic.

    The good news is that, once you can understand the language, you’ll differentiate yourself from other job applicants, competitors, and organizations because the best words to build a connection with someone are the words from their own language.

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      3. You’ll become more attractive socially.

      We have this fascination and awe for people that can speak multiple languages, and even put them on a pedestal. If you’ve seen the movie Limitless, then you’ve seen first-hand from Bradley Cooper himself, on how much intrigue it can attract from others. If you speak another language, then you’ve probably experienced the immediate connection you feel when you hear someone speak one of your languages.

      Beyond social perception, learning another language simply opens your mind to new cultures, travel opportunities, and personal interests that will help you connect and meet more friends who come from a Spanish-speaking background. I’ve experienced this first hand, while traveling around South America and Mexico.

      This means you’ll develop a completely new mindset that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

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        4. You’ll experience a whole new way of traveling.

        After traveling around South America for 15 months, I’ve come to understand the difference between tourism travel and local travel. I’m not saying one is better than the other, but it’s a completely different way of traveling. The reason is simple.

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        Just like you know your local town or city inside out compared to a journalist who spent a weekend reporting, the same thing applies to tourism advice around the world. Websites like Tripadvisor are great for getting an overall understanding of tourism attractions, but nothing beyond that.

        When you can speak the language of the locals, you’ll gain access to exclusive events, attractions, and hot spots that’s nearly impossible for an outsider journalist to spot out. What’s the point of traveling, if you can’t experience the lives of the people that live there?

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          5. You’ll gain the ability to learn other languages faster.

          Since several languages, including Italian, French, and Portuguese, come from the Latin root, learning subsequent languages from this family will become a lot easier. In fact, these languages share many of the same words and small variations in vocabulary and grammar, that you’ve already established the fundamental base when you start learning.

          If your goal is to learn not just Spanish, but to become a polyglot where you can speak many other languages, then Spanish is a great one to start with.

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            How to learn Spanish?

            The next step of course is to actually commit to learning. While there’s no magic solution, we can share that the best method is to learn from professional teachers, who can give you the personal attention and guidance you need to make fast progress. The reason why we want to avoid apps like Duolingo or Rosetta Stone, is that these methods are not only non-engaging, but it has nothing to do with how we’ll actually use the language. It’s like learning how to ride a bicycle through a manual or Youtube video versus learning by actually riding it.

            All of us want to learn a language to speak with other humans, so doesn’t it make sense to learn by speaking with other humans?

            Luckily for us, we’re no longer required to commute for an hour meeting a tutor in-person or attend an expensive language school.

            Online education allows us to have the same, if not better, quality of education at the comforts of your home. There are great solutions online that specializes in Spanish, such as Rype, where you can have unlimited one-on-one Spanish lessons online with a professional coach.

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            Last Updated on May 14, 2019

            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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            Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

            1. Zoho Notebook
              If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
            2. Evernote
              The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
            3. Net Notes
              If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
            4. i-Lighter
              You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
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              For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
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              If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
            7. iLeonardo
              iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
            8. Zotero
              Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

            I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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            In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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