The world has been shrinking for some time now. Not in a Honey I Shrunk The Kids way, of course, but in terms of speed of travel over long distances, the softening of cultural differences and the internationalisation of the way business is conducted. Add to this the fact that Britain has continued to become a diverse, multicultural place and you will understand the power that learning a new language can bring to your curriculum as well as your own sense of satisfaction. If these were not reason enough and perhaps you are heading to the twilight of your career anyway, learning a new language such as French or German could open up a whole new raft of potential retirement destinations that you’d otherwise never consider. The beautiful wine regions of Alsace or Burgundy could be within your grasp and there is no European country more underrated than Germany when it comes to beautiful, peaceful and tranquil villages in the country. The medieval city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, in Bavaria, with its amazing atmosphere and architecture, is surrounded by beautiful countryside and much of the city miraculously survived multiple wartime sieges.
No matter how young or old you are it is never too late to immerse yourself in the learning of a new language. Most of us have immense potential for learning a new tongue that has long been left untapped, caged deep inside us like a frustrated bear in a zoo. Many would argue that a lot of folk in Yorkshire speak another language already, so what’s the fuss!? In all seriousness though, no matter your age, sex, creed or background, if you’re in the Leeds area and need a bit of a push, then consider this your call to arms. It’s time to dust off that potential and open the door to a world of discovery through learning a new language. Whether you have your eye on Italian, Spanish, German or French there are so many reasons to take the plunge.
By enrolling on a foreign language course you will also meet a wide variety of people and hopefully make some new and lasting friends. Perhaps a group of you might decide to hop on a ferry and take that scenic route around the French countryside, sampling wine, freshly baked bread and luscious olives. Perhaps you’ll visit the vast flea markets and bring some French antiques back home to remind yourself of the trip and by the same token to keep up the learning and move on from that beginner’s course to an intermediate and in time an advanced course. If you’ve ever learned another language and experienced the joy and awakening that being able to speak to people from another country and culture in their own tongue affords then you will understand that this is a skill that is impossible to overvalue. Even watching a foreign film in its original language is a true pleasure and one small but excellent example of the opening of horizons that learning a new language can bring. So, now is not the time to delay. Take the plunge and find the perfect foreign language course for you in Leeds, now.