Published : Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 3:23 PM
If you don’t already speak Spanish, you really should consider learning, like, ahora!
Whether you want to improve your job prospects, keep your mind sharp, or explore new cultures, Spanish is the one tool that will help you achieve all of that and much more! Barnhart School offers Spanish at all grade levels – here are a few of the benefits of learning the language.
1. Expand your horizons. With 329 million native speakers, Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language after English. Get to know your hemispheric neighbors in Latin America, and fake your way with through Portuguese in Brazil with your new language skills.
2. Do your job better. Doctors, lawyers and social workers work with diverse individuals and families day in and day out, many of whom may speak Spanish. According to the U.S. census, 12.9% of Americans speak Spanish at home.
3. Communicate with your peers. By 2050, the U.S. will be the largest Spanish speaking country, according to the Association of Spanish Language Academies. That means that if you have children in the next decade or so, they will likely speak the language or at least have friends who speak Spanish.
4. Work abroad. If working abroad or traveling for work is one of your career goals, learning how to speak Spanish fluently will help you get there. In an increasingly global market, being bilingual will help you speak with international clients, negotiate business deals abroad, and collaborate with experts across the globe.
5. Keep your mind sharp! Not only does learning a second language improve your brain, but also it helps your mind stay sharp longer. That’s right — several studies show that speaking being bilingual improves cognitive skills unrelated to language.
Barnhart is pleased to offer a full complement of core subjects along with co-curricular classes in visual and performing arts, woodshop, life skills, public speaking, yearbook, technology, and instrumental music. Another important feature of their academic program includes Spanish in all grades.
For more information on the Barnhart School you can visit www.barnhartschool.org. They are located at 240 W. Colorado Blvd. in Arcadia and can be reached by calling (626) 446-5588.