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Take every opportunity to practice your secondary language, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

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. 

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 really would not be where I am today without my knowledge of the Spanish language.

Living and working abroad opened my eyes to the world in ways I didn't know possible.

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

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

I realized that language was my ticket to holding on to this second home across the Atlantic, and I wasn't going to be satisfied until I got to my destination.

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

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.