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Little bits of work pay off in big ways. Studying language takes tremendous commitment—DONT GIVE UP!

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

I've been able to travel to many French-speaking countries and being able to speak the language makes the experience all the more rewarding.

Even if your priority in school is not language learning, one class can make all the difference in some unforeseeable future situation.

Studying languages has enriched my life in countless ways.

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.

I think I am more creative and unique because I speak three languages. I appreciate different cultures fully and embrace different art, tastes, sounds and places.

I have met amazing people and had fantastic opportunities as a result of studying Japanese. 

Languages have completely changed the course of my life and the way I view the world in ways I never could have predicted.

Learning Kazakh was an entirely new experience, as it brought me out of my comfort zone and exposed me to an entirely new culture with vastly different beliefs, traditions and customs.