Yes, it’s that time of year when people make resolutions – get fit, stop smoking, drink less, see more…
It’s all so predictable and boring!
Why do I think resolutions are boring? Because it takes all the fun out of life. Fun happens when you do things as they happen. Planning isn’t fun. Sticking to a schedule isn’t fun. No matter what ‘organized’ people might tell you, crossing or checking things off a to-do list IS NOT FUN!
Make language your resolution
There is only one resolution that I think everybody should make is to learn a new language. It’s surprisingly simple to do, and it doesn’t have to cost you anything. By learning a new language, you are broadening your scope of the world. If English is your first language, and you only ever speak English, how small your world is. I know it’s the second most widely spoken language on the planet, but it’s only spoken a native language by 5.43% of the population, and only around an eighth of the population in total as a first or second language. In fact, around three-quarters of people in the world don’t speak a word of English at all, so there are a lot of people on the planet you wouldn’t be able to speak to.
So what language do you choose? The obvious ones are what you may have learned in school – French, German, Spanish. But they’re also the boring choices. By all means, they are good ones to learn, especially Spanish (being the third most widely spoken language), but you should really broaden your horizons.
Spread your net wider. Try Portuguese, Irish Gaelic, or Dutch.
Learn more than one at a time, especially from the same language group, and you’ll soon realise how similar they can be. Danish and Swedish are very similar, just as Spanish, Italian and Portuguese share a lot of similarities.
So do yourself a favour when you’re thinking up a resolution; hop yourself over to Duolingo, and learn yourself a new language. You’ll be happy you did!