2020 will go down in history as one that was filled with unprecedented changes, unexpected developments, and a “new normal” that is anything but normal.
A year ago, no one could have predicted that the world would end up looking like this in just 12 months’ time. And yet, despite all that, we continue to look forward to the new year. We keep searching for new opportunities for growth and change.
It has been a difficult year for everyone, but as 2020 draws to a close, it may be the perfect time to set some new goals that focus on positive, personal growth and discovery.
Learning a New Language in 2021
It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that we would recommend learning Arabic as a great goal for 2021.
We have our reasons, of course. There are tons of benefits to learning a new language. Just a few of them include:
- Exploring a new culture – Languages are closely linked to the cultures from which they came. As you progress through your Arabic lessons, you’ll start to develop new insights into a culture that is very different from your own.
- Connect with family in other countries – If your family is spread all over the world, there could be a language barrier between you. Whether you’re reconnecting with distant relatives or finding new ways to get to stay in touch, these lessons can help.
- Being productive in your downtime – If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s how to use our time at home as productively as possible. When you find yourself unable to leave the home for a while, you can recommit to accomplishing your New Years’ resolutions.
- Boosting your resume – It’s a globalized marketplace out there. Employers are looking for people who can speak other languages and have a good understanding of the countries and cultures with which they do business.
- Build your mental acuity – There have been many studies that have shown how feeding your brain with a second language can build creativity, multi-tasking abilities, improved memory, and much more.
If you’re looking for a goal that has some pretty far-reaching benefits and long-lasting effects, a new language may just be the way to go.
Learning a Language Is a Great Choice for a New Goal
An effective goal is more than just a “good intention.” It’s not enough to say: “I want to learn something new this year.” You need to have very specific and achievable goals that make it easy to measure your accomplishments.
Learning Arabic fills those requirements perfectly.
We’ve previously discussed how learning a language is like playing the best video games – and it’s these same characteristics that make this a great choice for a New Year’s Resolution.
Everyone starts at the “Noob Stage.” You’re not sure where you’re going to end up, but you’re excited about exploring a new world. From there, you’ll make a lot of early strides, learning new words, putting them to use, and accomplishing a lot.
The best part – from a goal-setting perspective – is that all of these accomplishments are very trackable and very noticeable. You’ll know it when you start using new vocabulary without even thinking about it. You’ll feel the difference when you start using the new grammar in a more natural way.
You can set a goal to learn more words or to do better the next time you test your skills or to increase the number of conversations with a native speaker. Each of these goals will take you closer to fluency, and as you track your progress, it will be easier to stay committed to your resolution.
Your Goal Could Open New Doors
Have you ever wanted to travel overseas and explore a different culture on your own?
Sure, you could rely on tour guides to show you around and do the talking for you, but there’s something completely different about travelling when you can speak and interact with people on your own.
As you work on accomplishing your new goal in 2021, it could give you the means to enjoy travelling abroad like never before.
Whether you’re just asking for direction or chatting with someone at a quiet café, being able to do it in Arabic will make the whole experience more memorable and enjoyable.
Sticking to Your Goals
New Years’ Resolutions are notorious for their lack of fulfillment. It’s become something of a meme to say you’re going to do something as a resolution, because no one seems to expect anyone else to follow through with it.
That’s what we’re here for.
Our instructors know how to keep their students motivated. They know how to encourage them to go a little further and learn more words or phrases. They’ll help you develop your accent and teach you about colloquialisms that are hard to learn from a book.
If you’re going to make a new goal this year, then let’s accomplish this together. There’s never been a better time to learn a new language.