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I feel like everything I learn in a language class, I bring home with me and it becomes a part of my life.

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. 

If you really want to be in whatever country whose language you are learning, persevere and keep looking for opportunities.

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!

Language classes was are intense yet fun and full-filling.

My Spanish classes seemed more engaging than my non-language courses —I was always excited to go and could always count on my professors being excited as well.

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. 

 I'm so glad I majored in French. The classes were great and I love being bilingual.

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.