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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. 

 I'm so glad I majored in French. The classes were great and I love being bilingual.

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.

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.

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.

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

I feel passionate about understanding the world!

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

I can’t list all the ways that the study of foreign languages has enriched my life. 

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. 

Speaking certain languages has helped me really dive into new cultures.

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

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.

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

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

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

Learning Italian has opened my eyes to a new culture (and cuisine!) in a way that I wouldn't understand without knowing the language itself.

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

Language learning makes me feel less cut off from the world.

Meeting people and discovering culture through a language will give it a special significance to you.

Spanish opened the door to fabulous worlds!

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

Being able to talk to someone and being forced to rack your brain for how to say something is the best way to learn a language.