As 2014 approaches people are considering and deciding on all sorts of painful New Year’s Resolutions. Losing weight, getting fit and saving money are all noble goals, but the reason we aren’t doing these things already is because they are hard work and not much fun.

The world continues to shrink and we become closer to our neighbours through ever improving means of transport and communication. Now more than ever speaking a foreign language is an essential skill for both improving our career and business options, and for improving our personal lives through increased opportunities when travelling and for making friends and interacting with our local and global community.

Learning and speaking a foreign language keeps your mind active and opens your mind to a whole new culture and way of living and thinking. As Charlemagne said, to speak a second language is to possess a second soul.

The best thing about learning a new language is how much fun it can be. Learning a language is social, full of laughs, and a thoroughly enjoyable experience. You have classmates who are also learning this language and who are experiencing the same joys and frustrations as you, who support you and share their experiences with you. You have teachers who are there because they love teaching this language to the point that they have made it their career. You can see yourself improving week on week and starting to speak with more fluency and more confidence. And you know that this experience is giving you a valuable skill that is fun and world-enlarging to use and experience.

Speaking a foreign language is an invaluable skill. Acquiring this skill is fun, social and rewarding.