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 I loved the small class sizes. I loved getting to know the faculty early on and having them remember me a year later when I took another class with them. 

Learning languages has enriched my life in many ways, and has has enabled me to communicate with people with whom I would otherwise not be able to communicate. 

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

I feel passionate about correcting misconceptions about bilingual education.

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

Professionally, studying languages have shown my potential employers my dedication to learning and my cognitive abilities..they definitely stand out on a resume and make you a memorable candidate.

I think I am more creative and unique because I speak three languages. I appreciate different cultures fully and embrace different art, tastes, sounds and places.

Once you open yourself up to learning world languages, they will open you up to the world.

More than the ability to communicate in Spanish that has benefited my career, I know that my Spanish Language major immeasurably improved my ability to communicate in English.

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

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. 

I've found studying Thai language to be quite intrinsically rewarding. Truthfully, the whole process has been just a lot of fun. 

Studying languages has meant everything to me.

Language has enriched my life professionally because I am qualified for many different positions based on my language skills and have the ability to acquire more.

Before I even stepped onto the campus, I knew I would take numerous language classes here.

Studying languages has enriched my life in countless ways.

I really enjoyed the UW-Madison language classes. The teachers are great and do a good job incorporating speaking and listening exercises into the curriculum.

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

I feel like everything I learn in a language class, I bring home with me and it becomes a part of my life.

From studying Yoruba, I have gained insight into a whole new culture and language.

I credit UW-Madison for preparing me to develop a well-rounded, people-based approach to language, history and literature. 

My time in Spain also allowed me to develop my own interests and come to appreciate what I love and want to be doing with my life. 

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

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

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

Through my study of Portuguese I have met friends, travelled and had adventures, learned new ways of seeing the world, and generally had an enormous amount of fun. 

Never quit studying, your language is a gift for life!

Through language study, I have been lucky enough to travel, live and study in-region and forge strong friendships. A strong command of Spanish and Portuguese has also set me apart professionally in a job market where international experience and expertise are increasingly sought-after attributes.

There isn't a day that goes by where I don't catch myself thinking in another language or remembering vocab words for things that I see!

Spanish language studies have provided me a level of comfort and mastery to conduct business in Latin America.

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

By knowing another language and living abroad, not only did my intellect grow and deepen, my heart also opened.

Take every opportunity to practice your secondary language, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

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.

Even if your priority in school is not language learning, one class can make all the difference in some unforeseeable future situation.

If you enjoy learning a language, pursue it fully and experience some of the cultures that speak that language. It will enrich your life.

 Learning Portuguese opened up new job and travel opportunities for me around the world.

Spanish opened the door to fabulous worlds!

Immerse yourself in the language you want to learn! Don't limit yourself.

Languages have completely changed the course of my life and the way I view the world in ways I never could have predicted.

Learning a language has exposed me to more than just words, but to culture, to people, and different ways of thinking.

My German skills have enabled me to do a lot of things that I otherwise couldn't.

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

Learning Spanish and Portuguese challenged me in a way that allowed me to come to learn a lot about myself and what I value.

My choice of language has taken me to some of the most amazing places in the world.

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.

Students in Spanish classes always seemed more connected than those in my other classes.

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

People's eyes light up when you speak their native language. A door opens and a new relationship is full of more possibilities and connections than before.

Portuguese has been an integral part of my everyday personal life since I first started studying it.

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.

Living or working in the country of the language you are studying is a "must." Only then can you appreciate the culture and fully develop a knowledge of the language.

Through Spanish, I have access to another culture and world of information. 

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

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.

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.

Learning Spanish has led to a lifelong interest in culture and art. It's the enduring theme in both my personal and professional lives.

If possible, I recommend everyone spending some time in another country during their time at UW-Madison.

Spanish has expanded my world and ability to communicate and connect with so many more people.