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

Studying languages has enriched my life in countless ways.

My Spanish classes seemed more engaging than my non-language courses —I was always excited to go and could always count on my professors being excited as well.

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.

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.

Study or do an internship abroad so that you can use your language skills in context. There is no substitute for actually having to use the language you're learning to get around a country, shop in a market, etc.!

Language training at UW-Madison has been an indispensable part of my research endeavors.

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

I feel passionate about understanding the world!

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