As 2016 is now well underway, did you resolve to do anything differently? A quick poll among friends reveals most people seem to be giving something up, cutting back to make a positive change.
Surely it is harder to stop doing something than it is to try something new? Changing a bad habit is much more challenging than adopting a new one. This is why the gym will be really busy for a few more weeks before becoming quiet again!
However, every year at the VICI Language Academy we have new students who will start learning a new language at the start of a New Year. Choosing to do something positive and rewarding is always going to more constructive. After all, no-one is going to ‘give up speaking so much English!’
The British Council is encouraging people to learn a new language in the New Year, and perhaps not surprising when a poll they did last summer found a quarter of 2,098 adults surveyed felt nervous at the thought of having to speak a language on holiday. The number of pupils choosing to study GCSEs in modern languages continues to fall.
They are encouraging people to learn a ‘phrase a day’, which here at VICI we think is a great idea and could well lead to truly committing to learn a language.
The schools advisor at the British Council, Vicky Gough, explains the urgency for people to learn another language, She said:
“The UK is currently facing a shortfall in people who can speak foreign languages.
“And with lots of free and innovative ways to get started, there has never been a better time to take up a new language.
“More than that, the benefits of learning one are huge – from boosting job prospects to acquiring the ability to understand and better connect with another culture.
“If the UK is to remain competitive on the international stage, we need far more of us to develop our language skills.”
We could not agree more here at the VICI Language Academy and if you want to make a New Year resolution that will truly change your life and literally open up a new world to you, then please get in touch and we can help you explore the best way forward and you might just discover how learning even more than a ‘phrase a day’ can transform your life.
Here at VICI we always make the same resolution… we commit to help each and every one of our clients get the most from their language journey and wherever it takes them.
Also, as people get busier and busier, we have developed our online offering with i.vici, a bespoke online language learning platform… You can now study anywhere! From the comfort of your own home, to your office or nearby cafe… NO MORE EXCUSES! Learn more Here or Call Us for Info.
PS: We have come across a brilliant article entitled: “The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don’t Follow Through on What We Set Out to Do (And What to Do About It)… Worth a read.