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Learning Hmong has changed my perspective on the Hmong culture and strengthened my relationship with my community along with my parents.

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.

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

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

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

I can do things personally and professionally that limit others.

Try to do a little bit each day and study abroad. If you become fluent, it will help you more than you know.

If you enjoy learning a language, pursue it fully and experience some of the cultures that speak that language. It will enrich your life.

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

Studying languages has enriched my life in countless ways.