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Japanese has opened doors for me - It helped me get my first job, advance to new and exciting positions, and helped me to land new business when I founded my own company.

I've found studying Thai language to be quite intrinsically rewarding. Truthfully, the whole process has been just a lot of fun. 

Learning about Scandinavian culture and politics has really shaped my views on the world—and I owe my marriage to my Norwegian class! It doesn't get much better than that.

I credit UW-Madison for preparing me to develop a well-rounded, people-based approach to language, history and literature. 

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

Learning a language allows you to connect with people in a way that is impossible if you can't speak directly.

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

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. 

The experience of learning new languages seems to automatically open up your mind to other experiences and you naturally view the world differently.

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