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Studying Hebrew has shaped my education and has always made me love learning.

Studying languages has made me a more understanding and communicative individual. In the case of Swahili, we spent the majority of time third year discussing political and societal issues in East Africa. By forcing myself to think critically and express myself using a completely different grammatical system and vocabulary, I broadened my capacity to understand another culture. 

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.

Zoe
Studying language at UW-Madison has weaved its way through many facets of my life, always enriching and always improving me.

With at least 25% of Americans speaking Spanish as their 1st or 2nd language, I speak Spanish every day.

I can't emphasize the value of my study abroad experiences enough. It's not just a place I've traveled to, but a place where I've learned and grown, and a place that is now a part of me.

My language classes were some of my favorite classes at UW-Madison! They were very different from my other classes because there was a very small class size so you were really able to ask questions and really get to know your professors!

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.

Learning and fully committing to a new language has opened my perspective to new cultures and countries.

Find a group of people to speak with outside of class. The best way to keep up your language skills is to speak as much as possible!