“Language Learning: A Truly Educational Experience”

Ray T. Clifford. Director of the BYU Center for Language Studies.

June 13, 2017 BYU Devotional Address

“I hope you realize how extraordinary it is that you have been given the gift of being able to communicate in more than one language.

… Just as having the ability to communicate in another language will expand your intellectual horizons.

…You will get to know and come to love other peoples—and you will do so with a depth of feeling and understanding that would not otherwise be possible.”

And for those who already speak a foreign language he said… “As suggested by the need for deliberate practice, advanced language learning is not a do-it-yourself project—but resources are available to help you improve your skills. So take the pledge: “I won’t let my language languish.” Say that ten times quickly!”