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Appreciate the progress you have made, but don't be afraid to tackle new words or try a different method of learning the language.

Taking Arabic as a foreign language forced me to access and challenge other parts of my brain.

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. 

I feel passionate about correcting misconceptions about bilingual education.

My language classes were some of my favorite classes at UW-Madison! They were very different from my other classes because there was a very small class size so you were really able to ask questions and really get to know your professors!

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

The language classes were a good place to find a sense of community within the large university.

Language not only gave me the confidence to become a strong leader within the Hmong community, but also to become more aware of the cultural differences we have in the world.

Spanish opened the door to fabulous worlds!

More than the ability to communicate in Spanish that has benefited my career, I know that my Spanish Language major immeasurably improved my ability to communicate in English.