Why study Spanish?
¡Bienvenidos! (That means, "Welcome!")
I teach Spanish 1, an introduction to the Spanish language, one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world. It is an official or majority language of 21 countries, and commonly spoken in many other countries as well. It is the first language of more than 400 million people. In comparison, fewer than 350 million people count English as their first language.
Spanish is important not only because of the total number of speakers, but also because it is spoken by our neighbors in Latin America--and by many people who live in Texas. In almost every career field, people who speak both English and Spanish well are highly prized, because of their ability to communicate with a greater number of clients, customers or service providers.
Finally, Spanish is a beautiful language, with a rich history of writers, artists and fascinating people worth learning about.
Obviously, we will have to work on some vocabulary words and grammar along the way, but the ultimate goal of this class is to get you to understand and use Spanish. You may say, "I don't speak Spanish" now, but my hope is that by the end of this year, you will be speaking at least some Spanish. And we will also be learning about the culture of our Spanish-speaking neighbors.