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Speaking certain languages has helped me really dive into new cultures.

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.

"Never afraid of opening your mouth and speaking. Making grammar mistakes is not a big deal and is a good sign that you are practicing."

Try to do a little bit each day and study abroad. If you become fluent, it will help you more than you know.

When you learn a new language, you learn a new way in which to see the world.

My time in Spain also allowed me to develop my own interests and come to appreciate what I love and want to be doing with my life. 

 Everyday, I get to use my own experiences to benefit others all while continuing to learn about the world around me through other languages and cultures. Langauge learning does not end in the classroom. Get out there, put yourself in uncomfortable situations and don't be afraid to make mistakes!

I competed on the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey Team in the 2010 Olympics and our living quarters were directly across from the Swedes. I heard Swedish a few times and was mesmerized by the language. 

Learning languages has enriched my life in many ways, and has has enabled me to communicate with people with whom I would otherwise not be able to communicate. 

Professionally, studying languages have shown my potential employers my dedication to learning and my cognitive abilities..they definitely stand out on a resume and make you a memorable candidate.