Surrounded by language students hearing English for the first time in weeks, five accomplished alumni explained how Middlebury fit into their life trajectories. In the process, they unraveled the many benefits of studying another language, both personal and professional, obvious and subtle. They advised listeners to use their education to become not simply foreign language speakers, but cross-cultural communicators.
Christa Case Bryant, who studied at the School of Hebrew this summer, might have been summarizing the theme of this year's panel when she pointed out, “Communication is so much more than grammar and words.” Indeed, impressive as it is to report the news in Arabic or conclude a business deal in Italian, the mastery of a foreign language equips each student with even more valuable hidden resources: insight, persistence, and adaptability.
Christian Science Monitor
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