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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. 

Don't stop at one language. After just a couple years into your first one, you'll find you can pick up completely unrelated languages because your mind begins seeking the subtleties that make acquisition easier.

I love being able to speak a language that so few people know!

By learning a new language, it helps us to love one another and acknowledge those who speak a different language.

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. 

Never quit studying, your language is a gift for life!

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

Learning German and living abroad has given me so much self confidence and tolerance for other ways of life.

Learning a language has exposed me to more than just words, but to culture, to people, and different ways of thinking.

Learning Hmong has changed my perspective on the Hmong culture and strengthened my relationship with my community along with my parents.