How about, “All of the above!”
The new year is just around the corner. It’s time to decide what your goals for 2015 will be and to set yourself up for success. In a list put together by USA.gov, three of the most popular resolutions for 2014 were get a better education, get a better job, and take a trip. Imagine fulfilling all three simultaneously without having to juggle—and commit to—them all! Impossible, you say? Not in our book. Here’s why.
#10 on the list: Take a trip
This is the year! You’re finally going to take that international trip you’ve been dreaming of. Get the most out of your travels by learning the language of the people who’ll be your hosts. By doing so you’ll be able to truly communicate with shopkeepers and street vendors, be exposed to and then demonstrate your understanding of the culture, and create lasting memories that you wouldn’t have been able to experience without the language. Renowned Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini once said, “A different language is a different vision of life.” Learning a language will broaden your perception of your destination’s culture, history, and people, and it will give you a lifelong appreciation of all of the above.
#5: Get a better job
Speaking a second language will give you a valuable advantage over your monolingual colleagues and competitors. You’ll be seen as having flexible and far-reaching communication skills, being a better decision maker, and having better perception and multitasking skills. Your second language will benefit you and your coworkers at home and internationally. Your ability to communicate with people that others in your organization might not be able to engage with will help you advance in your career (and fatten your wallet).
At #4: Get a better education
If you’re looking to advance your education, learning a new language is an excellent place to start. Not only will you adhere to your resolution, you’ll open up countless doors to learning about people, cultures, and history. And, if you stick with it, you’ll be able to read works of literature and texts in their original languages.
Make language learning your #1 goal this year!
Where to start learning your new language? Gone are the days of sitting through lectures and repeating verb conjugations in a classroom. Technology today allows you to easily incorporate language learning into your busy weekly regimen. For people like you, online- and mobile-learning options are available to help you attain your education goals!
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