I so wish I would have continued learning Spanish as some of my friends were Puerto Rican and spoke Spanish to me most of the time. Growing up in the Projects in the South Bronx, New York our neighbors were from all walks of life, and we enjoyed one another’s company, food, and fun. As an adult there are times when I feel at a disadvantage because I would love to know what a Spanish-speaking person were talking about if I were near by a coveted conversation. With all that said I think there are some wonderful advantages for individuals who speak a second language. I also think that children, nowadays, need to learn another language to be able to market themselves in this changing world.
The mix of individuals in jobs/careers has taken a sudden turn, and there are no longer just English-speaking people as the majority. I encourage parents to be that change-agent for their child, and make that child learn another language for that child’s sake – I believe that child will love you in the long run.
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