Spanish makes life in Knoxville even better.
There are several great reasons to learn Spanish, ranging from mental benefits to employment opportunities. But you might be tempted to think that Spanish is great for someone living in California or Miami, but not for someone living in Knoxville, TN. After all, how useful can Spanish possibly be in East Tennessee?
Since Confidence Learning Services is based in Knoxville, TN, we can give you a few reasons why Spanish is actually very useful for local residents.
#4. Learn Spanish in Knoxville for the food.
Do you like steak? Sub sandwiches? Ice-cold mango drink?
If you enjoy delicious food, and you would prefer to keep lunch under $10, then your next stop ought to be a local taqueria. Knoxville has dozens of taquerias, and if you’re worried about the discomfort and bloating that comes from the ground meat and cheese-product served at many East TN “Mexican” restaurants, worry no more. Taquerias offer traditional food that’s usually made with real ingredients, like teak, roasted chicken, or pork, and vegetables like nopales (cactus), mild poblano peppers and avocado. In these establishments, Spanish is the dominant language, and most food isn’t spicy, unless you want it to be. Unlike some of the overly processed Mexican food you may be used to, you’re sure to feel a lot better after eating a roasted chicken taco on fresh soft tortillas, sprinkled with cilantro, diced onion and lime.
Check out this list of local taquerias and plan your next meal.
#3. Learn Spanish to get to know the community in Knoxville.
East Tennessee is a great place to live, work and raise a family, and part of what makes it great is our community. But did you know that there is a thriving Hispanic community right here in Knoxville? The center of that community is Centro Hispano, a local community organization that does things like offer GED, ESL and Spanish literacy classes help members of the community get connected to local resources, and sponsor events like the Knoxville Latino Awards. Stop by to see what’s going on and get to know your neighbors.
#2. In Knoxville, Spanish = Fiesta.
Once a year, Knoxville turns out to celebrate all things Latin at the annual Hola! Festival. Here you can view artifacts and learn about the history of various Latin American countries, sample foods from different Spanish speaking cultures, and enjoy music, dancing and more. Everything is much more fun when you can speak Spanish.
#1. Boost your business and career.
Knoxville, TN is home to over 17,000 Spanish speakers and a thriving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Many businesses are just now beginning to recognize the economic implications of a strong Spanish-speaking community right here in East Tennessee, and are starting to look for bilingual job candidates or seek out professional Spanish-language training. Although there are some top-notch translation agencies in Knoxville, being able to communicate with clients directly allows you to establish a personal connection.
There’s no doubt that Spanish is a useful language to understand anywhere in the U.S., and it’s especially beneficial right here in Tennessee.