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Being able to talk to someone and being forced to rack your brain for how to say something is the best way to learn a language.

Studying languages has enriched my life in countless ways.

There isn't a day that goes by where I don't catch myself thinking in another language or remembering vocab words for things that I see!

You never know where your language will lead you.

Learning German and living abroad has given me so much self confidence and tolerance for other ways of life.

Learning German and Mandarin has given me the opportunity to travel the world, to meet new people, to try foods that have way too many legs, and to become horribly lost in foreign cities yet know that I will somehow be able to find my way home.

Through language study, I have been lucky enough to travel, live and study in-region and forge strong friendships. A strong command of Spanish and Portuguese has also set me apart professionally in a job market where international experience and expertise are increasingly sought-after attributes.

It’s a small world! Learn to talk to other people in it!

Through my study of Portuguese I have met friends, travelled and had adventures, learned new ways of seeing the world, and generally had an enormous amount of fun. 

My language classes were some of my favorite classes at UW-Madison! They were very different from my other classes because there was a very small class size so you were really able to ask questions and really get to know your professors!