Besides the obvious reasons why anybody should speak at least two languages: improved ability to switch tasks, better cross-cultural communication, enhanced oral and written expression, etc., etc. there are at least 3 specific reasons why you should learn Spanish in Los Estados Unidos de America and more specifically, learn Spanish in New York City.
Languages are the Ultimate Barrier Wrecker. You walk down the street and the music mixes with the crowd around; people from all over the world in a limitless wave that comes and goes. The whole world is before your eyes and brings with it the freedom of the four winds. You don´t have to know it perfectly, but you can effectively communicate with every single person you run into. Language is the ultimate barrier wrecker and you have the power to conquer whatever it is that you commit to.
“On a poster on the wall in a university in Beijing, I recently read these remarkable words from Nelson Mandela: ‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.’”
In the 2006 census, 44.3 million people of the U.S. population were of Hispanic heritage; 34 million people, 12.2 per cent, of the population older than 5 years speak Spanish at home.