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Living in China has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life...Chinese has made me a better person.

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

Language affects how the world is perceived, describes all aspects of human existence, and reflects generational attitudes and emotion.

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.

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

Studying a language I was able to experience being at a large university but was able to get to know my professors and classmates well as a result of being in a small department.

The unique challenge of language learning and the experience of rediscovering yourself in another tongue always contributed to an unmatched camaraderie between peers.

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

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

Students in Spanish classes always seemed more connected than those in my other classes.