More than 40% of americans will make a New Year’s resolution this year according to the PEW Center for research, and sadly, the majority of those will fail. The scene happens every year: I go to the gym on January 2nd and there are 30-minute lines for treadmills and the only available lockers are missing doors or holding the remnants of Christmas past. By February, the lines are gone and the locker room is quiet.
If you want to be the minority that manages to keep your New Year’s resolution going, we have the answer. You need a supporting resolution that will assist your broader goal to lose weight, or fall in love, or get a better job. You need a commitment well beyond your own will-power, which is why your second resolution should be learning a new language. Here are 5 of the top New Year’s resolutions, and how taking a language class can help you achieve these goals.
Lose weight/get fit
If you’re embarking on a serious diet, you’ll need to be distracted from your hunger and calorie counting. In big cities especially, eating is such a major part of the social milieu. So take a class and give yourself something social to do that doesn’t revolve around sushi and sake bombs.
Get a new job.
“In this era of increasingly globalized work forces, a recently completed language course could tip the scales to get a job, particularly in international cities such as New York and Frankfurt” says Volker Rebentisch, CEO and founder of Rebentisch HR Projectmanagement in Frankfurt, Germany. Not only can you add your newfound language skills to your CV, but adding a language course to your education and training shows a company that you challenge yourself, and are working to stay relevant in a competitive job market. If you are interested in working for a foreign company, learning the language of that particular company can show a level of dedication that will set you apart.
Single? Discouraged by your Tinder matches in 2015? Language classes tend to bring together like-minded young professionals who are interested in adventure, travel and other cultures, just like you. Best of all, you’ll see your future match multiple times a week, and the transition between class and a date is an easy one. If you were ever hot for teacher, now’s your time to meet one your own age.
Pick a destination and then sign up for a corresponding language class either solo or with your travel partner. Studies have shown that the greatest psychological effect of vacation doesn’t come from the vacation itself, but rather from the anticipation. Every week your class will give you a friendly reminder of your upcoming adventure. So get ready to fulfill your dream of going to the Olympics in Brazil by learning Portuguese, or stay warm this winter in Italian class, knowing that your summer of wine and wandering is just around the corner.
Find a new hobby/make time for yourself.
Need we say more?
So get started! Are you based in New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia or Boston? Check out language classes at Fluent City, the go-to cultural and language center in town.
This post was written by our partners at SpeakEasy Sprachschule, an international language school in Frankfurt, Germany. Heading to Germany? We’ve got you covered for cool language courses there as well. Check them out and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with great offers, innovative events and prizes.