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My current is department is doing an internal 21-Day Official Languages Challenge via their Confluence wiki, in honour of the 50th anniversary of Canada’s Official Languages Act. It s a milestone in our country’s and the public service’s history.
We have come a long way in recognizing our two official languages and in striving to use them each and every day at work (and at play). The 21-Day Official Languages Challenge is a great way to continue the momentum.
I have been participating in the 21-Day Challenge (hard to believe it is already week 3) and it has enabled me to keep my second-language top of mind and to make an effort to us it when my first language is more comfortable.
It is a bit like using your opposite hand when writing - you can do it but it feels awkward, is a bit slower, you may not write as nicely as with your other hand, but with practice it gets more comfortable. When I was in high school I played a lot of sports and broke fingers and a wrist in basketball and rugby. In order to keep up with my school work I had to use my right hand for everything. By the time I was finished high school I felt almost ambidextrous (not quite but close) and using my non-dominant hand was so much easier than it had been the first time I tried. Practice is key.
Same goes for learning and maintaining a new language, I wrote an article previously on "Using Trello for Language Learning and Maintenance" This board has helped me considerably in practicing and maintaining my second language. As they say "if you don't use it, you lose it".
This 21-Day Official Language Challenge was so easy to launch via Confluence: just post and share. What other engagement and learning activities does your organization or team implement via Confluence?