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There are more native speakers of Spanish than any other language in the world, with the exception of Mandarin. That means there are a lot of places to visit where Spanish is spoken. It is useful to learn basic Spanish words and phrases to get by when traveling to a Spanish-speaking country. Some of the other benefits of learning Spanish include: * getting to know the Latin American and Spanish cultures. * improving career prospects by being bilingual (the US has more than 35 million Spanish speakers) * interacting with Spanish-speaking coworkers * improving memory skills - research suggests that the skills needed to learn another language enhance memory function * improving your knowledge of your own language - learning the grammar of one Romance language will help with the grammar of others * providing intellectual stimulation.