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Spanish language studies have provided me a level of comfort and mastery to conduct business in Latin America.

Language training at UW-Madison has been an indispensable part of my research endeavors.

There are so many opportunities to get involved with local international communities. Practice with native speakers and don't be shy!

Even if your priority in school is not language learning, one class can make all the difference in some unforeseeable future situation.

My entire career is built on the language study I did at the UW.

Living or working in the country of the language you are studying is a "must." Only then can you appreciate the culture and fully develop a knowledge of the language.

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. 

Studying languages has meant everything to me.

Never quit studying, your language is a gift for 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.