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I'll always be grateful for following through on my decision to learn Norwegian.

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

I really enjoyed the UW-Madison language classes. The teachers are great and do a good job incorporating speaking and listening exercises into the curriculum.

Learning a new language or learning about your own language will help you discover so much about that culture.

I feel passionate about seeing the world from as many different vantage points as possible, and trying to place all the struggles and triumphs of humanity into a deeper, more meaningful context.

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. 

My professors were so good...they knew me, challenged me, nurtured me.

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

I feel that learning the language of the community you are aiming to support demonstrates commitment and passion.

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.