…in another language. Yep, that’s the catch (if you see it as a catch, that is). Speak to the Future, the campaign for languages supported by organisations like the Chartered Institute of Linguists, has set up the 1000 Words Challenge.
They think it’s a realistic and achievable aim for everyone to learn 1000 words in a different language. You won’t be fluent but you’ll have a great head start for communicating in that language and enjoying the many, many benefits.
I speak Spanish but I’m also learning German, which has a vocabulary I find trickier to remember. I actually set out to learn 5000 words on memrise.com, which has been very effective, although learning that many words is slow going!
So I’m going to add the logo to my website in support of the 1000 Words Challenge because I think it’s a great idea, especially in light of the falling languages uptake at all levels in UK state education.
Why don’t you give it a go too? It will only take about 10 minutes a day and then you can impress everybody in the office with your new-found linguistic talent! You never know, it could take you in new directions.