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If possible, I recommend everyone spending some time in another country during their time at UW-Madison.

I feel like everything I learn in a language class, I bring home with me and it becomes a part of my life.

Studying languages has made me a more understanding and communicative individual. In the case of Swahili, we spent the majority of time third year discussing political and societal issues in East Africa. By forcing myself to think critically and express myself using a completely different grammatical system and vocabulary, I broadened my capacity to understand another culture. 

My familiarity with the language has opened up many doors to amazing parts of the Indian cultural landscape that would have otherwise been inaccessible to me.

Zoe
Studying language at UW-Madison has weaved its way through many facets of my life, always enriching and always improving me.

Learning a new language or learning about your own language will help you discover so much about that culture.

Through Spanish, I have access to another culture and world of information. 

Immerse yourselves as fully as possible at your earliest opportunity, and become comfortable with making a fool of yourself on a daily basis. Fluency will follow.

Studying languages has always been a passion of mine, and the opportunity to live and study in another country is completely invaluable to one's personal development.

Learning a language allows you to connect with people in a way that is impossible if you can't speak directly.