Hopefully you’ve already accomplished all of your New Year’s resolutions, so there’s room for one more! Or perhaps they aren’t quite going as you planned, and it’s high time for a substitution. Either way, make this year truly special by adding this beautiful and unique language to your life! Here are our top 8 reasons you should learn Gangte in 2018:
1. Language learning is great for your brain
You may have resolutions for your body and your budget, but what about your brain? There is quite a bit of research available on the many mental health benefits of learning a second language. Increased cognitive abilities, better attention and memory skills, delayed age-related cognitive loss, and better problem solving are just some of the recognized advantages of bringing another language into your life. Invest in yourself and make 2018 your smartest year yet!
2. It’s exclusive
Heavy hitters like Spanish and English have hundreds of millions of speakers, not to mention Mandarin which orders its speakers in the billions! But Gangte has approximately 15,000 speakers, mostly located in Manipur, a state in northeast India. Learning Gangte will give you all the benefits of language study, while definitely separating you from the pack! You’ll be learning an impressive, rarified skill. Why be like everyone else?
3. It’s endangered
Unfortunately for languages, exclusivity is not exactly advantageous. Due to the low number of speakers, UNESCO has classified Gangte as “definitely endangered”, meaning that it is rare for children to learn the language as a ‘mother tongue’ in the home. At Tribalingual, we believe that learning a language is great, but helping to protect a language at the same time is amazing! You’ll learn a lot, train your brain, and contribute to preserving the cultural heritage of the Gangte people–how’s that for multitasking?!
4. Widen your friend circle…a lot!
All of Tribalingual’s courses include one-on-one Skype sessions with the teacher, a native speaker living in an area where the language is still spoken. Technology allows us to chat easily with people thousands of miles away, but how often do we actually do that? Sure Steve at the office has some interesting perspectives on Netflix shows, but why not broaden your horizons by taking some time to chat with and learn from someone on the other side of the world? Our Gangte teacher LalPaul comes from the Gangte tribe of Manipur. You can watch his video here
5. The Knife Sharpener, and other tales
The Gangte people have a rich folklore that includes beautiful tales like that of the Knife Sharpener, which includes a man just trying to sharpen his knife in the river, and a variety of critters who unwittingly get involved in the mayhem! You’re never too old to learn some amazing new bedtime stories that provide insight into another culture.
6. You want an excuse to go here:
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The Kangla Fort, which has stood since 33CE, is one of the many beautiful historic sites to visit in Manipur. Your instagram will thank you, and your followers will be full of travel-envy!
7. And to do this:
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A visit to the Ima Keithel Market, which translates to “Mother’s Market”, will seriously up your girl-power game this year. This market, located in the regional capital of Imphal, is for female sellers only, and some believe it has been in existence since the 15th century! Browse beautiful local crafts and support the women of this beautiful place.
8. Support a great cause!
Tribalingual’s mission is to to facilitate the preservation of intangible cultural heritage. Although it is natural for languages, like living things, to evolve and change, there is no reason that they cannot be preserved, and the shared knowledge of the human race be saved so that we can build on what we have learned, rather than lose it forever. Be a part of our cause, and doing something great for yourself, your world, and our future!
If you’ve enjoyed reading this and would like to find out more about this fascinating language and culture, then sign up for our Gangte course – our native Gangte speaker, LalPaul, awaits!