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Why learning a new language like German should be your New Year's resolution

As a new year approaches, and we get ready to pop the champagne on New Year’s Eve, we spend time thinking of our goals and ambitions for the year ahead, and learning a new language should be one of your goals. Unlike many new year’s resolutions, learning German with GermanMind is achievable, and will provide you with unlimited potential and opportunities! Below we will discuss the many reasons why you should make learning a language your new year’s goal:

  1. Improve your mental health

Your brain is a muscle, and learning a new language is like sending your brain to the gym every week. You strengthen and expand the left hemisphere of your brain when you take on the challenge of learning a new language, including increasing the white and gray matter in your brain, which is the area that contains most of the brain’s neurons. The increase in activity and change in the brain's neuroplasticity also has a huge effect on preventing brain disease such as alzheimers and dementia.

Apart from this, learning a new language in GermanMind offers tools to improve your mental health including small interactive classes where students become friends, and connectivity is one of the most highlighted aspects of learning. You form bonds with fellow students when learning, we encourage you to buddy up and chat outside of class, often we have seen friendships that last long after class finishes.

  1. Greater career options

Many of our students come to us to learn business German, to excel in their current role, or to apply for their dream job. Many students often come to learn the language for fun, and end up working for a German company upon course completion.

German is the second most spoken language in Europe, with 36% of the population speaking it, which translates to a lot of companies EU wide looking for German speaking employees, including here in Ireland.

On average, job candidates with a second language will earn 3% more, but candidates with German as their second language will earn 6% more, and this is just for a non-speaking role, a speaking role can earn you a lot more.

Your understanding of the language will not only improve your job prospects, but help you fit in by knowing the culture when working for a German company. We also help our students do interview preparation, and provide references on their language skills.

Some of our past students have also become written translators, earning them additional cash during busy tourist seasons.

  1. You’ll become a better traveller

When we can travel again, GermanMind students are on the first flight to Germany! Our beginner students know how to ask for food in a restaurant, converse with a waiter or shopkeeper, and of course ask for the bill. They know how to ask about their hotel room, flight details and more, the basic knowledge they need to enjoy a holiday in German and feel confident in their interactions. Knowing the native language of the country you are visiting will deepen the experience, and allow you to connect and enjoy on another level. The locals will appreciate your conversation, you will feel part of the city you are visiting, and may even make new friends.

2020 was a year of no travel, but we do encourage all students to take a visit to our homeland, and we hope 2021 will bring a swarm of GermanMind speakers there with gusto.

Don’t worry if you think learning a new language is scary, it is until you sit in a fun and friendly classroom and we help you map out your goals. In two weeks you will learn to count to 100, in four weeks you will know how to conjugate 10 irregular verbs and much more. Learning is about fun, interaction, setting achievable goals and never being afraid of asking a question, no matter how silly you think it is. Check out what our students have to say in our student testimonials.

2021 classes are already booking fast, with over half of the courses fully booked. Group courses are available from beginner to advanced, and you can view our timetable for January here.

10% discount for current students on all courses and books, with limited spaces available.

Do you have a question? Contact us today!


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