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Sign of the times

Learning a new language can open the door to a world of understanding, says Claire Currie

17 April 2014

I had to note ten things that would like to achieve in the next year as part of a training course. In all honesty, most of the attendees could probably have written a list at least double that, with ‘to achieve’ tasks ranging from those office housekeeping
jobs we always mean to get round to doing, to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

But we were limited to
ten, and among the usual work-related aims, it was interesting that the majority
of us, including myself, put ‘learning a new language’ at
the top.

Whether anyone on the course achieved this goal,
I don’t know, but I didn’t manage it that year. But my desire to learn how to communicate with a wider range of people remained.

Last September, I finally took the plunge and signed up for college. My language choice surprised most people, thoug...

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