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When I say it could change your life, I only mean it in a good way, and I’m speaking from personal experience, of course.  Since I’ve learned to speak Spanish, I’ve been opened up to all kinds of new opportunities and experiences.  It’s fully safe to say that I never imagined what my life today would be like before I opened my Spanish-English dictionary for the first time.  Likewise, I have a hard time picturing now what my life would be like had I not taken that step.  Hopefully, by reading this article, you too can be inspired to take that leap and see what great opportunities lie beyond the language barrier.

My path to bilingualism stared about four years ago, as I was planning my first trip to South America.  I planned on traveling for several months, I saw the good sense in being able to communicate with the locals in their own language.  It seemed like it could turn out to be a wise investment of time, so I studied casually for about a year, dedicating about for or five hours a week to building up a base that would give me a solid place to start one I arrived.

Then, the big step came when I stepped off the plane in Lima, Peru.  The big city of nine million was honestly a bit overwhelming for this small-town boy, so quickly got out of town and set a few destinations for myself on a route going south.  As the initial culture shock began to subside, I found the rewards of my dedication to studying Spanish starting to pay off.  I found myself flirting with the girl working in the shoe store.  I  found myself playing the essential role of translator when I took a tour of the Nazca ruins along with an English couple I had met.  I was already starting too feel that I was on step ahead of the game.

In wouldn’t be fair to say that it was easy.  Like riding a bike for the first time, I had many falls.  There were many moments where I would not be able to understand, or not be able to form thoughts into words.  I would get frustrated, and I would have to let go for a bit, read a book or listen to some music.  But I always came back, and that was the important part.  And because of this persistence I found things would get easier and easier.

I can remember many breakthrough moments, where I felt like I was beginning to speak Spanish on a new level.  One in particular that I can remember, happened when I met my friend Lucho.  He was dating a British girl with whom I was volunteering at the time.  He had come to volunteer house to meet some new people, but because he spoke basic English, most of the foreign volunteers slid back into their comfort zone and only spoke with him in English.  I knew I could do the same, but I decided to take the more challenging path.  The result was that he had a much greater level of respect for me and we formed an amazing personal bond that has only continued growing since.

Of course, there’s a lot that happened in between now and when I started speaking Spanish, enough to fill up several books.  I’ll simply say that today, I’m living in that big scary city of Lima, working with Lucho on musical projects, which is what we both love to do.  One thing is for certain, learning to speak Spanish was the essential first step that’s led me to where I am today.


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