Do you want to see a kinder world? If so, like Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see.”
Growing tensions between different races and cultures is a sad reality of today. One way to bridge gaps is to learn Spanish. Learning any second language will grow your compassion, empathy, and understanding of other cultures and their differences.
If we want to see a kinder world, we have to learn how to open our hearts and relate to the differences around us. Research has shown that students who study a second language have more compassion for the speakers of that language. This study proved true from whatever second language the student was learning. Therefore, if you would like to become more of a cultural bridge in your community, learning Spanish is a sure way to connect and open your compassion channel to our neighbors across the border and Spanish speakers already living in the United States.
Just yesterday I interacted with an amazing young man, living and working in the United States, who wanted to learn to read and write English so that he could begin his own business. He was so kind and enthusiastic when I spoke to him in his native tongue. It was delightful getting to interact with someone who appreciated it so much! Start learning Spanish today so that you too can have peace building interactions and grow compassion within!
Brittany is a bilingual Spanish teacher who has lived in Spain and Argentina. Through this blog, she hopes to relate her travels, insights, and Spanish speaking journey!