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

I love being able to speak a language that so few people know!

It’s a small world! Learn to talk to other people in it!

I feel passionate about learning, exploring, and growing through language education and cultural understanding.

My entire career is built on the language study I did at the UW.

The language classes were a good place to find a sense of community within the large university.

Learning German and Mandarin has given me the opportunity to travel the world, to meet new people, to try foods that have way too many legs, and to become horribly lost in foreign cities yet know that I will somehow be able to find my way home.

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

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

I feel passionate about understanding the world!