Skip to main content

Languages at UW-Madison

Home > Alumni Profiles

Alumni Profiles


My familiarity with the language has opened up many doors to amazing parts of the Indian cultural landscape that would have otherwise been inaccessible to me.

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. 

Learning Spanish and Portuguese challenged me in a way that allowed me to come to learn a lot about myself and what I value.

Once you open yourself up to learning world languages, they will open you up to the world.

More than the ability to communicate in Spanish that has benefited my career, I know that my Spanish Language major immeasurably improved my ability to communicate in English.

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

Find a group of people to speak with outside of class. The best way to keep up your language skills is to speak as much as possible!

You never know where your language will lead you.

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

Throughout the years, I learned two things about studying a language; the first being learning a new language is very difficult because it forces you to think in a way that no other course does. The second is that no matter how hard you work to improve your language skills there will always be something you don't know.