After the excesses of the festive period, this is your chance to lay down some goals for the coming year. Perhaps you want to quit smoking, drinking or wasting time on the internet?
If you succeed, you’ll need something fun to fill the void left by no longer smoking, drinking or wasting time on the internet!
May we humbly recommend learning a new language?
Here are 8 reasons why learning a language should be your number 1 resolution for 2015:
Boost your career prospects
Employers look for foreign language skills in candidates, because staff with language skills can communicate with the world. You will develop a wide range of soft skills that are essential for companies and for the self-employed.
Language skills are beneficial in a wide range of careers, and not just the obvious ones like translation and teaching.
Call it confidence, call it maturity, call it worldliness… getting out there and spending time learning a new language changes you for the better. You’ll make friends from all over the world.
Call it confidence, call it maturity, call it worldliness… no, hang on, we just did that. But there’s no doubt that speaking a foreign language makes you more attractive.
See the world like a local
There’s a big difference between seeing the world as a tourist and getting under the surface of a culture. Learning the local language gives you an authentic chance to understand a country from the inside.
It’s good for your brain
Bilinguals have healthier brains which are more resistant to dementia and better at focusing on tasks. The evidence for this keeps growing.
Language teaching has changed dramatically from the days of old-fashioned teachers making learners uncomfortable in the classroom. Language schools use a communicative, supportive approach that ensures learning is fun.
Imagine being able to have a conversation in a new language at this time next year. Sounds good, right? Start in January and you can easily be conversational in a year’s time.