I worked as an International Student and Faculty Advisor, which required a Master's Degree in another language or cultural focus. I then went to law school and worked as an immigration lawyer for several years. Currently, I am a pastor serving a church with many immigrant neighbors and a large multicultural daycare. I ministered to Western African immigrants at the former church I served and did some Portuguese-English translation work for a company to supplement my income.
Living in Brazil as an exchange student in high school and college.
Being able to speak and think in another language and living in Brazil has been a tremendous help in working with people from other countries. I believe I have more empathy for people living in the US from other countries because I know another language and have lived abroad. Not only did my intellect grow and deepen, my heart was opened to the foreigners in our midst.
The graduate level Portuguese classes took away all fear in studying another language. I had no fears or trouble learning Greek in seminary even though the two languages are unrelated.
Speaking with friends, listening to music, Skyping with friends in Brazil.
Spend some time studying abroad to improve your language skills and open your eyes.
Saudade—translates to something similar to "nostalgic yearnings"