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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.

Language classes were different because they were so immediately applicable -- you learned a skill you could practice right away.

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. 

There are so many opportunities to get involved with local international communities. Practice with native speakers and don't be shy!

Never quit studying, your language is a gift for life!

Studying Hebrew has shaped my education and has always made me love learning.

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.

Learning about Scandinavian culture and politics has really shaped my views on the world—and I owe my marriage to my Norwegian class! It doesn't get much better than that.

My choice of language has taken me to some of the most amazing places in the world.

I enjoy being able to travel and speak in the native language, and it always impresses the locals in Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru, etc that the blonde girl is fluent in Spanish!