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17 language quotes to turbocharge your learning

Hailing from the South West of England, I’ve swapped the land of scrumptious scones for the Swiss city of Zurich. I love nothing more than exploring new places, which is always an adventure considering my terrible sense of direction. Currently working as a copywriter, you’ll usually find me tasting Swiss chocolate (someone has to do it) and talking about football.
17 language quotes to turbocharge your learning

You probably guessed it already: We <3 languages like crazy here at EF. And while we write all the time about what makes us go loco for lingo, we thought we’d hand it over to pro philosophers and writers to provide you with a super inspiring list of language learning quotes. So, if you’re thinking of learning a new language or already studying one, these 17 quotes will accelerate you along the pathway to fluency.


2. “Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.” – Flora Lewis

3. “Learning another language is like becoming another person.” – Haruki Murakami

4. “You live a new life for every language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once.” – Czech proverb


6. “A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers.” – Cesar Chavez

7. “One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” – Frank Smith

8. “You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.” – Geoffrey Willans


10. “Language is the road map of a culture.  It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.”  – Rita Mae Brown

11. “Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

12. “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela


14. “The more languages you know, the more you are human.” – Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk

15. “Any time you think some other language is strange, remember that yours is just as strange, you’re just used to it.”

16. “Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides.” – Rita Mae Brown


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