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By knowing another language and living abroad, not only did my intellect grow and deepen, my heart also opened.

Taking Arabic as a foreign language forced me to access and challenge other parts of my brain.

My German skills have enabled me to do a lot of things that I otherwise couldn't.

I feel like everything I learn in a language class, I bring home with me and it becomes a part of my life.

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

Little bits of work pay off in big ways. Studying language takes tremendous commitment—DONT GIVE UP!

Learning a new language is always a challenge, but it's also incredibly inspiring and gratifying.

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!

Immerse yourselves as fully as possible at your earliest opportunity, and become comfortable with making a fool of yourself on a daily basis. Fluency will follow.

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