Skip to main content
Home > Alumni Profiles

Alumni Profiles


I really enjoyed the UW-Madison language classes. The teachers are great and do a good job incorporating speaking and listening exercises into the curriculum.

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. 

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

It’s a small world! Learn to talk to other people in it!

It's one thing to learn about language and culture in the classroom, but it's so much more impactful to live somewhere for a year and see if your pre-conceived ideas about the country were accurate and which ones were not.

By knowing another language and living abroad, not only did my intellect grow and deepen, my heart also opened.

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.

Learning another language really can do more for you than you know.

I feel passionate about understanding the world!

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.