No, I don't speak Spanish. Yes, I'm half Mexican (mother's side). That doesn't matter. My family has been in the US for 3-4 generations. I'm super Americanized.
Every European I've met speaks at least three languages. Me? I speak one. English. I think people in the US are not encouraged to learn new languages. For multiple reasons:
- English is the third most-spoken language in the world. Chinese and Spanish are 1st and 2nd, but it's my belief those languages are restrictive to their continents. Mostly. When it comes to business, English is first.
- If you fly a plane for one hour in the US, in most cases you're still in... the US. In Europe, a one-hour flight can wildly change your culture, food, and language. There's more diversity in a smaller area.
That being said, I've always wanted to learn a new language. I think Italian is a fun language to speak. The language sounds like dancing. Perhaps another day.
Because of my upcoming trip to Medellin, Columbia, I've decided to take up Spanish. I'll be using Duolingo to learn. It's a free app that teaches new languages in 15 minutes a day.
We'll see how it goes.