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Immerse yourself in the language you want to learn! Don't limit yourself.

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

Study or do an internship abroad so that you can use your language skills in context. There is no substitute for actually having to use the language you're learning to get around a country, shop in a market, etc.!

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

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

With at least 25% of Americans speaking Spanish as their 1st or 2nd language, I speak Spanish every day.

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. 

Spanish has expanded my world and ability to communicate and connect with so many more people.

Through my study of Portuguese I have met friends, travelled and had adventures, learned new ways of seeing the world, and generally had an enormous amount of fun. 

My study of Korean has given me the opportunity to travel, study, and work in a foreign country, and has allowed me to experience the Korean culture in a way that would not be possible otherwise.