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My German skills have enabled me to do a lot of things that I otherwise couldn't.

Learning Italian has opened my eyes to a new culture (and cuisine!) in a way that I wouldn't understand without knowing the language itself.

I credit UW-Madison for preparing me to develop a well-rounded, people-based approach to language, history and literature. 

Being a speaker of Japanese is an important part of my identity today, and something that I'll always carry with me.

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 new language is always a challenge, but it's also incredibly inspiring and gratifying.

It's an amazing feeling to adapt to a culture halfway across the world and experience life as a local.

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.

Learning about Scandinavian culture and politics has really shaped my views on the world—and I owe my marriage to my Norwegian class! It doesn't get much better than that.

I can’t list all the ways that the study of foreign languages has enriched my life.