Why study Spanish? Knowing a second language can be very advantageous. Short-term advantages include: higher college placement, appreciation and understanding of other cultures and basic communication skills. Long-term advantages include: employment/travel opportunities, advanced degrees and a more global perspective of the world we’re living in. Be patient, fluency in a second language usually requires many years of practice and/or course work (Rome wasn’t built in a day). The earlier you start and more practice you get the better off you are.