CHALLENGE 12

learn a language

This month's challenge is to learn a new language. Whether you've already mastered seven languages or have only your mother tongue, studying a new language is good for your brain.

 

It's also good for that general spirit of 'kinship' that we need to see more of on this planet. Learning another language bridges divides and allows you to communicate with those whom you may never have connected with otherwise.

why?

1. It enables travel - a new country is far less daunting if you speak some of the language.

2. It opens up a whole new world of job opportunities.

3. Learning something new is good for your brain - and fun.

4. You'll have greater sympathy for those struggling to learn YOUR language.

5. A whole new world of music, literature, art, and poetry will open up for you. 

6. You'll make new friends! Befriending someone from another background makes the world smaller - in a good way.

how?

First, pick a language!

Maybe there's a language you've always thought beautiful; maybe there's a certain country you'd love to visit.

 

There are a ton of languages out there - choose whatever appeals to you.

Next, look for free resources such as:

- Conversation Exchange

- Yabla

- YouTube

- DuoLingo or Memrise apps

 

Loads of large cities also host very cheap or free language exchanges - check Meet-Up.

 

You can also find used dictionaries or language books on Amazon or in your local bookstores.

If you want to really invest in it, you can purchase Rosetta Stone, hire a private tutor, sign up for local classes or take lessons on Verbling.

WHAT NEXT?

look for support

Head over to our Facebook Group for ideas and commiseration. Learning a language is hard and having a group of people tackling the same challenge helps. 

keep going

Remember, the idea is to keep going with the previous challenges (listed below) at a level that you are comfortable with. Read more about how that works here.

Activism Not Apathy

Switch Off Screens

Taste Not Waste

Just Move It

The Quiet Kind

Our Plastic Problem

Stuff Your Stuff

Get Out There

The Final Straw

All The Colours

Eat Less Face

Tell others

If you're enjoying The Kin Project, ask others if they'd like to join. You can add them to our Facebook Group, send them the link to our sign up page, or tag them on in a comment on one of our posts on Instagram or Facebook. The more people who join in, the more of an impact our efforts will have. 

GOT FEEDBACK?

Do you have suggestions for future challenges? What do you think about this challenge? Any ideas/questions about the rest of the site? Send us an email at hello@thekinproject.com or use the form below.

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