- I could tell you that Spanish is a Romance Language,
- that it developed from Latin in the North of the Iberian Peninsula,
- that it is the first language of roughly 352 million people, making it the third or fourth most commonly-spoken language in the world,
- that it is one of the official languages of the United Nations and the European Union, official language of 20 countries, at least 11 local varieties
Take German. In high school, I studied German for four semesters. Two years. I attended every class, three times a week. A lot of time, I would even do the homework. And I learned some German.
But then in college, I had the chance to do a semester abroad, in Salzburg, Austria as a kind of exchange student, living with an Austrian family who didn’t speak a word of English to me. The first day, at dinner, they deliberately forgot to give me a fork.