University of Wisconsin–Madison

Alumni

Gage T.’s Profile

Language: Norwegian

Since graduation, I have maintained the use of Norwegian in a few key ways: First and foremost, my wife and I use it to converse, especially when we don’t want others to know what we are saying. It’s sort of like our secret language, and it’s a very useful thing in some instances!…

Jonathon D.’s Profile

Languages: Kazakh, Russian, Uzbek

Russian, Uzbek and Kazakh have allowed me to gain access and experience cultures, peoples and traditions that are very different from my own. Furthermore, I have found that being able to travel to and live in a foreign country without having to rely on English is a very proud and empowering experience…

Ryan P.’s Profile

Language: German

Having always enjoyed my time in language classes, I joked that my career goal was to be a student forever. By becoming an ESL instructor, I have essentially made this goal a reality. Everyday, I get to use my own experiences to benefit others all while continuing to learn about the world around me through other languages and cultures…

Eric E. Profile

Language: Kazakh

Learning Kazakh was an entirely new experience, as it brought me out of my comfort zone and exposed me to an entirely new culture with vastly different beliefs, traditions and customs than those I have become accustomed to…

Jillana P. Profile

Language: Danish

Studying languages has always been a passion of mine, and learning both Icelandic and Dutch has increased my knowledge of English as they all reside in the same Germanic language tree. Living abroad in Denmark for a year was one of the most incredible times of my life, and the opportunity to live and study in another country is completely invaluable to one’s personal development…

Kate W.’s Profile

Languages:  Hindi, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish

It is always worth it to learn another language–even if you cannot see the benefit now, you will see it later. Once you open yourself up to learning world languages, they will open you up to the world…

Alexandra’s Profile

Languages: German, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Zulu

Zulu has enriched my life in so many ways. Francis, my first year Zulu teacher, gave my daughter a Zulu name. We thought it was beautiful, so now she has a Zulu middle name. In addition, studying Zulu helped me realize what it is that I want to do with my life, which is collect recordings of endangered Bantu languages and work on Proto-Bantu…