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

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. 

Learning a new language opens up your life in a way that nothing else can.

I can’t list all the ways that the study of foreign languages has enriched my life. 

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

My professors were so good...they knew me, challenged me, nurtured me.

Being a speaker of Japanese is an important part of my identity today, and something that I'll always carry with me.

If possible, I recommend everyone spending some time in another country during their time at UW-Madison.

Before I even stepped onto the campus, I knew I would take numerous language classes here.

The study of Spanish empowered me to develop life-long relationships, gave me the opportunity to study abroad, led me to further my graduate study of Spanish literature, and helped me meet my wife.