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

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

I've been able to travel to many French-speaking countries and being able to speak the language makes the experience all the more rewarding.

Being able to talk to someone and being forced to rack your brain for how to say something is the best way to learn a language.

Learning Italian has opened my eyes to a new culture (and cuisine!) in a way that I wouldn't understand without knowing the language itself.

Through Spanish, I have access to another culture and world of information. 

I cannot express how much my study abroad experience in Rovinj, Croatia means to me. I light up any time that I talk about it or look at pictures. There's so much that I gained from it - from knowledge to confidence.

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.

If you enjoy learning a language, pursue it fully and experience some of the cultures that speak that language. It will enrich your life.

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