College of Letters & Science | International Division
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.
Hindi, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish
Once you open yourself up to learning world languages, they will open you up to the world.
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.
The study of Spanish empowered me to develop life-long relationships, gave me the opportunity to study abroad, led me to further my graduate study of Spanish literature, and helped me meet my wife.
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.
Danish, German, Greek (Ancient), Russian, Spanish
Even if your priority in school is not language learning, one class can make all the difference in some unforeseeable future situation.
Learning Kazakh was an entirely new experience, as it brought me out of my comfort zone and exposed me to an entirely new culture with vastly different beliefs, traditions and customs.
Learning a language allows you to connect with people in a way that is impossible if you can't speak directly.
Spanish, French, Latin
Spanish opened the door to fabulous worlds!
Being able to travel to and live in a foreign country without having to rely on English is a very proud and empowering experience.