The Importance of the Spanish Language

imageEnglish is slowly becoming more and more popular as a language of choice around the world. However, the importance of being bilingual is not diminished by this fact. People who speak more than one language increase their cognitive skills, as well as, their communication skills. They are opening up to more of the population by speaking multiple language. I believe that Spanish is the most useful language other than English. According to the New York Times, “The United States, with 41 million native Spanish speakers, is second only to Mexico as a Spanish-speaking country.”  Many American immigrants come from Spanish speaking countries. Knowing Spanish is beneficial to communicating with a large population of the United States. This would improve connections, business, and much more. Buisnesses and the government need to understand their people in order to thrive and put them first.

It is also a very influential language.When the Pope planned his first visit to America he intended to present 14 out of 18 speeches in Spanish. Spanish is the language of one of the most influential religious figures and translations usually do not do justice to the original statement or speech. Non-Spanish speakers may miss connections and images when they are subject to just the translation.

Further, Spanish is an important language for teachers to know in order to help English language learners in their classroom. Since most immigrants are native Spanish speakers; knowing Spanish makes teaching English easier. It breaks down the barrier between student and teacher. Furthermore, it breaks down cultural barriers and would allow the U.S. to become more united. It would also breakdown thoughts of racism and stereotypes put on Spanish speaking immigrants. I believe it is a very beneficial language to speak and understand fluently.

resources: http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/takingnote/2015/09/16/why-the-popes-spanish-speeches-matter/

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The Importance of the Spanish Language

Social Media and Global Politics

imageSocial media connects the globe. It is used to share views, events, news, and so much more. Social media can also be a tool to spread views and politics globally. Through social media we have a direct connection to people all over the world to gain insight and news about what is occurring in their country and their government.

In an article for the New York Times Obama stated, in regards to preventing ISIS from gaining more supporters, “We need to find new ways to amplify the voices of peace and tolerance and inclusion, and we especially need to do it online” (Davis). Social media has become a tool for the government to reach our generation. There are few people in our generation that do not have at least one form of social media. It is powerful in that it reached billions of people in seconds and many trust the information they get from these sites without question.

However, social media can also be used as a weapon. The above mentioned article states that ISIS, “has a reach and agility in social media that far outstrips that of the American government” (Davis). Social media can be dangerous in that it can can spread falsehoods and convince many to follow a certain group or to share their beliefs.

Groups that wish to do harm can be extremely convincing online. They know to target those who feel like outsiders or who have violent tendencies. Social media is dangerously influential in our society. Our generation is too trusting of the Internet when it comes to reading news or facts. People rarely check the stories from a reliable source. It is a political force globally and has greatly influenced the way we see and talk about politics. Anyone is free to share their political opinions to millions of people at the click of a button. In a world dominated by technology it is becoming more and more difficult to resist the pull of social media and its political influence.

resources: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/02/19/us/obama-to-outline-nonmilitary-plans-to-counter-groups-like-isis.html?_r=0

 

 

Social Media and Global Politics