Learning a new language can be a difficult task as it takes a lot of practice and patience. There are many reasons why you may choose a particular language to learn as an adult. Where you live and the prevalence of a particular language around you may be a reason why you may choose a language or possibly because of the type of work you do or the countries around the world that you may want to visit.
Parents typically choose a language to teach their children based on their heritage although many parents are very proactive these days when it comes to thinking ahead as to which language may benefit their children the most in the future.
If you or your children just want to be able to speak a different language you may want to consider which languages are the easiest to learn for English speakers.
Languages that have similar sentence structure, alphabet and sounds as English are easier for English speakers to learn. Spanish is easy to learn for English speakers as it has only ten blended vowel sounds (diphthong) along with the same English alphabet except for a few letters. Also, once you learn the Spanish vowel sounds, it is not difficult to read Spanish words by making the sound of the consonant (which is mostly the same in English) along with the sound of the vowel. Basically, words are pronounced the way they are written. Additionally, in many areas of the United States there are opportunities to be exposed to Spanish much more readily than any other language making the learning process easier.
Ultimately, the decision as to which language to learn should be based on your particular interests as you will be much more motivated to become proficient in a language that you enjoy. Spanish is a good choice for English speakers in the United States due to the reasons discussed above plus the prevalence of Spanish speakers in many communities around the country. Being fluent in Spanish can open many doors in the job market as well as opportunities to meet and interact with many more people.
Introducing Spanish early to children can have many benefits (www.spanishforbabiesandtoddlers.com/blog/thinking-about-introducing-a-second-language-to-your-child-here-are-some-reasons-why-you-definitively-should) especially before the age of 5 years old. Therefore, if you have little ones at home and are considering introducing Spanish, do not wait as earlier is better (www.spanishforbabiesandtoddlers.com/blog/earlier-is-better).