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

Being able to travel to and live in a foreign country without having to rely on English is a very proud and empowering experience.

If you really want to be in whatever country whose language you are learning, persevere and keep looking for opportunities.

It's one thing to learn about language and culture in the classroom, but it's so much more impactful to live somewhere for a year and see if your pre-conceived ideas about the country were accurate and which ones were not.

Immersion in a language and culture greatly supplements your study of the language.

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

I really would not be where I am today without my knowledge of the Spanish language.

There are so many opportunities to get involved with local international communities. Practice with native speakers and don't be shy!

The experience of learning new languages seems to automatically open up your mind to other experiences and you naturally view the world differently.

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