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

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

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.

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.

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!

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

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

Japanese has opened doors for me - It helped me get my first job, advance to new and exciting positions, and helped me to land new business when I founded my own company.

I feel passionate about seeing the world from as many different vantage points as possible, and trying to place all the struggles and triumphs of humanity into a deeper, more meaningful context.

Little bits of work pay off in big ways. Studying language takes tremendous commitment—DONT GIVE UP!

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 have met amazing people and had fantastic opportunities as a result of studying Japanese. 

Being a speaker of Japanese is an important part of my identity today, and something that I'll always carry with me.

You never know where your language will lead you.

Living in China has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life...Chinese has made me a better person.

My familiarity with the language has opened up many doors to amazing parts of the Indian cultural landscape that would have otherwise been inaccessible to me.

By learning a new language, it helps us to love one another and acknowledge those who speak a different language.

My study of Korean has given me the opportunity to travel, study, and work in a foreign country, and has allowed me to experience the Korean culture in a way that would not be possible otherwise.

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.

Study and live abroad, immerse yourself in the culture and life.

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.

Studying languages has meant everything to me.

Learning Hmong has changed my perspective on the Hmong culture and strengthened my relationship with my community along with my parents.

Living and working abroad opened my eyes to the world in ways I didn't know possible.

Language not only gave me the confidence to become a strong leader within the Hmong community, but also to become more aware of the cultural differences we have in the world.

Learning a new language or learning about your own language will help you discover so much about that culture.

Language classes was are intense yet fun and full-filling.

Appreciate the progress you have made, but don't be afraid to tackle new words or try a different method of learning the language.

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

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