We've all encountered someone from a place we're not from and not familiar with at some point in our lives. We've also heard someone speak another language we do not understand. There is a responsibility we all hold as citizens of the world to make our best effort to immerse ourselves in cultures outside of our own. Here are ways to try to educate ourselves:
Learn a New Language
Almost every High School and University has a language requirement, but your memory might be a little jogged if you haven't been in school for a while. Instead of just forgetting all you've learned, refresh your memory and improve in areas you had difficulty in. The free app Duolingo is readily available in the app store. Duolingo is made to be fun and engaging for users who want to become fluent. It tests your knowledge not only in writing, but speaking as well.
Watch Foreign Films
Need new movie night suggestions? Why not check out a foreign film! Of course you'll need subtitles, but if you follow closely perhaps you can pick up certain words. Netflix and other streaming services have an assortment of Bollywood, European, Latin, Asian etc. films for viewers to watch. You'll not only be entertained, but these films also display the country itself.
Read Travel Books
Traveling is the best way to see a country firsthand, but you can also read about it if you're not able to go due to school and work responsibilities. Perhaps you can read a memoir by a local or go through a photography book to get a first hand look at different traditions. Reading a book may give you wanderlust and inspire you to actually go visit one day. If you already have your vacation booked, then it would be good to familiarize yourself with the country's customs.
Happy Motivation Monday!
The Heart & Soul PR, Inc. Team