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"Learning another language is like becoming another person." - Haruki Murakami

"Playing golf is like learning a foreign language." - Henry Longhurst

"Learning to read in one language helps us read a second language." - Stephen D. Krashen

"Learning a language represents training in the delusions of that language." - Frank Herbert

"For me, French is so rich and so sacred that learning it is like learning a foreign language." - Fabrice Luchini

"I sat staring, staring, staring - half lost, learning a new language or rather the same language in a different dialect." - Emily Carr

"Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things." - Flora Lewis

"The soul inside me is the last foreign language I'm learning," - Yehuda Amichai

"Because education is such a broad area, I chose to focus on language learning." - Luis Von Ahn

"Learning Indian mannerisms, how to wear saris, and the language were a challenge." - Amy Jackson

"In learning the art of storytelling by animation, I have discovered that language has an anatomy." - Walt Disney

"Also, they don't understand - writing is language. The use of language. The language to create image, the language to create drama. It requires a skill of learning how to use language." - John Milius

"Learning astrology is like learning any foreign language. You already have the ideas, concepts, and experiences of your life within you; you are just learning a new language for what you are already experiencing." - Barbara Goldsmith

"So learning to play a new instrument, learning a new language - those sorts of things will pay dividends for years or decades to come." - Dan Buettner

"It is literally the case that learning languages makes you smarter. The neural networks in the brain strengthen as a result of language learning." - Michael Gove

"You taught me language, and my profit on't Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you For learning me your language!" - William Shakespeare

"I believe we are being dishonest with language minority groups if we tell them they can take full part in American life without learning the English language." - S I Hayakawa

"Language learning deserves special mention. It is, bar none, the best thing you can do to hone clear thinking." - Tim Ferriss

"No two of us learn our language alike, nor, in a sense, does any finish learning it while he lives." - Willard Van Orman Quine

"[Armenian] is a rich language, however, and would amply repay any one the trouble of learning it." - Lord Byron

"Like a baby learning language, we learn how to communicate with God by listening to His words first." - Timothy Keller

"I am learning the Language of World and everything in the world is beginning to make sense to me" - Paulo Coelho

"For me, rather than the language, the Hollywood system of making movies was a tremendous learning experience." - Song Kang-Ho

"Just learning to think in another language allows you to see your own culture in a better viewpoint." - Gates Mcfadden

"For me, rather than the language, the Hollywood system of making movies was a tremendous learning experience." - Song Kangho

"I think integration in Norway is, by all standards, going relatively well. People are working, taking education, learning the language." - Jonas Gahr Store

"Language is not a genetic gift, it is a social gift. Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club -the community of speakers of that language." - Frank Smith

"I never taught language for the purpose of teaching it; but invariably used language as a medium for the communication of thought; thus the learning of language was coincident with the acquisition of knowledge." - Anne Sullivan Macy

"It's like learning a language; you can't speak a language fluently until you find out who you are in that language, and that has as much to do with your body as it does with vocabulary and grammar." - Fred Frith

"The luster of an experience can actually go up with time. So, learning to play a new instrument, learning a new language - those sorts of things will pay dividends for years or decades to come." - Dan Buettner

"Something of the previous state, however, survives every change. This is called in the language of cybernetics (which took it form the language of machines) feedback, the advantages of learning from experience and of having developed reflexes." - Guy Davenport

"There was a language specific to all things. The ability to learn another language in one arena, whether it was music, medicine, or finance, could be used to accelerate learning and other arenas, too." - Chris Gardner

"I loved languages, and loved learning languages. It was fantastic. But I was alone there. I remember that time as a real Virginia Woolf time. More than any language it was her language that influenced me." - Lily King

"I sat staring, staring, staring - half lost, learning a new language or rather the same language in a different dialect. So still were the big woods where I sat, sound might not yet have been born." - Emily Carr

"While learning the language in France a young man's morals, health and fortune are more irresistibly endangered than in any country of the universe." - Thomas Jefferson

"Learning through the arts reinforces critical academic skills in reading, language arts and math and provides students with the skills to creatively solve problems." - Michelle Obama

"One should connect language learning with either work or leisure. And not at the expense of them but to supplement them." - Kató Lomb

"Seemingly unrelated [things] that are in fact really related, that's the stuff I like to talk about. Like dancing, language learning, swimming, three-pointers..." - Tim Ferriss

"I feel like really thinking about art and really appreciating it and learning the language of it just makes you more of a connoisseur. I believe that." - David Rees

"In my career, I played for four different teams in a lot of different systems, and it's like learning another language." - Ron Jaworski

"It is no secret that the fruits of language study are in no sort of relation to the labour spent on teaching and learning them." - Edward Sapir

"I consider social skills a bit like learning a language. I've been practising it for so long over so many years I've almost lost my accent." - Daniel Tammet

"It's like saying French shouldn't be taught because you don't understand it because it's new. Shakespeare is just like learning a new, exciting language." - Samuel Barnett

"Lie detection is like language; there is a learning window. Telling whoppers to small children seems to be a family tradition in many families." - Keith Henson

"When I was in Mexico and started to dream in Spanish, I knew that was a good sign that I was learning the language. It was cool." - Andrea Navedo

"After learning the language and culture of the Chinese people, these Jesuits began to establish contacts with the young intellectuals of the country." - Hu Shih

"I don't like reading music. It's like learning a language. You can't read music proficiently overnight. It takes time, it's boring work." - William Eggleston

"Most Americans have parents or grandparents who immigrated to this country, and we know the hardships they faced, from learning the language to dealing with prejudice." - Hank Johnson

"I think that great programming is not all that dissimilar to great art. Once you start thinking in concepts of programming it makes you a better person...as does learning a foreign language, as does learning math, as does learning how to read." - Jack Dorsey

"Teacher, school administrators and parents will come away from Life-Enriching Education with skills in language, communication, and ways of structuring the learning environment that support the development of autonomy and interdependence in the classroom." - Marshall B. Rosenberg

"Being raised a Jew in southern California in the 1950s and 1960s, my religious training emphasized learning the Hebrew language and Jewish festivals, history, and culture. We also remembered the Holocaust and supported the newly formed Jewish state of Israel." - Rick Strassman

"Not literature alone, but society itself is wormed and rotten when language ceases to be respected not merely by advertisers and politicians, but by persons of learning and authority." - Storm Jameson

"And imagine acquiring a new language and only learning the words to describe a wonderful world, refusing to know the words for a bleak one and in doing so linguistically shaping the world that you inhabit." - Rosamund Lupton

"I could eat healthier, I could drink less. I should be learning another language and working out more, but I'm just always saying, 'Ah, I could get hit by a bus tomorrow.'" - Melissa Mccarthy

"I've become obsessed with learning other languages in movies, because I was like, since I was like, but I learned how to box so why don't I just learn another language for a movie?" - Jake Gyllenhaal

"To be strategic in life is like any skill whether it's basketball or learning a language, it takes effort and practice and I think most people don't think that it's something that they could just do, you know, naturally." - Robert Greene

"Running had always been off the table for me. It just looks embarrassing when I do it. I viewed it like learning a new language - best to learn it as a child." - Lena Dunham

"An important aspect of the current situation is the strong social reaction against suggestions that the home language of African American children be used in the first steps of learning to read and write." - William Labov

"Travel provided many interesting experiences, but perhaps the most useful lesson I learned was that I really had no proficiency for learning the thousands of characters of the written Chinese language." - Eric Allin Cornell

"Learning a foreign language, and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can do to broaden the empathy and imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children." - Michael Gove

"Basketball, in America, is like a culture. It is like a foreigner learning a new language. It is difficult to learn foreign languages and it will also be difficult for me to learn the culture for basketball here." - Yao Ming

"Particularly for English people, Shakespeare is always at the forefront of both drama and the English language. He's always been there. I can't remember starting school and not learning about him." - Jamie Campbell Bower

"Big stuff and little: learning how to order breakfast in a country where I don't speak the language and haven't been before - that's really satisfying to me. I like that." - Anthony Bourdain

"My mom had this romantic notion of her children playing classical music. The idea is you learn it when you're still learning language. It's using the same part of the brain." - Andrew Bird

"I am not learning definitions as established in even the latest dictionaries. I am not a dictionary-maker. I am a person a dictionary-maker has to contend with. I am a living evidence in the development of language." - William Stafford

"Jesus is why women have traveled continents, spent decades learning a strange language so they could translate the Gospel, planting churches, caring for the sick, educating the illiterate, and marching for the oppressed." - John Ortberg

"As a graduate student, I wrote a long paper connecting the dots between mathematical models of learning and language development in children. It was published in a major journal." - Steven Pinker

"I had decided I wanted to write about food, and I knew the only way to do that is to speak with authority, which meant learning the language and knowing what that experience is like." - Gail Simmons

"I wouldn't call myself a dancer. I would never even dance in a club - I can't move my feet! I'm terribly shy about moving. I feel comfortable in my body, but dancing is like learning another language." - Matthew James Thomas

"The mind of the polyglot is a very particular thing, and scientists are only beginning to look closely at how acquiring a second language influences learning, behavior and the very structure of the brain itself." - Jeffrey Kluger

"All the things you put off, like learning to play the piano or leaning a different language? You're like, what's the point? I'm not really gonna do that, am I?" - Leslie Mann

"I remember learning German - so beautiful, so strange - at school in Australia on the other side of the earth. My family was nonplussed about me learning such an odd, ugly language and, though of course too sophisticated to say it, the language of the enemy. But I liked the sticklebrick nature of it, building long supple words by putting short ones together. Things could be brought into being that had no name in English - Weltanschauung, Schadenfreude, sippenhaft, Sonderweg, Scheissfreundlichkeit, Vergangenheitsbewaltigung." - Anna Funder

"What we need in medical schools is not to teach empathy, as much as to preserve it - the process of learning huge volumes of information about disease, of learning a specialized language, can ironically make one lose sight of the patient one came to serve; empathy can be replaced by cynicism." - Abraham Verghese

"I'd like to continue my education. The physical stuff's great and I think it's great as an actor because you get to live a lot of little lives, but learning more about the world, learning another language, continuing with my Spanish that's important." - Scott Eastwood

"The globalized environment where speaking a lot of languages is rewarded and getting access to learning materials is easier. A talent for massive language learning has not been supported by the environment until very recently, so this is a phenomenon that is going to become more common and more visible." - Michael Erard

"Language cares." - Howard Nemerov

"Under the Assads, Kurds were forbidden from learning their own language at school, or even from speaking it in the military. The result is a generation of Syrian Kurds, many now in late middle age, who cant write their own language." - Luke Harding

"I'm an infant with Shakespeare; I'm kind of learning how to walk. I am trying to decipher the code, you know? I do my research. And I get a clear understanding of what the language is. It is a tremendous process I have to go through as I am sure all actors do, finding the gems hidden in his language." - Ruben Santiago-Hudson

"As one learns the language of a subject, one is also learning what the subject is... what we call a subject consists mostly, if not entirely, of its language. If you eliminate all the words of a subject, you have eliminated the subject." - Neil Postman

"I'm an infant with Shakespeare; I'm kind of learning how to walk. I am trying to decipher the code, you know? I do my research. And I get a clear understanding of what the language is. It is a tremendous process I have to go through as I am sure all actors do, finding the gems hidden in his language." - Ruben Santiagohudson

"Under the Assads, Kurds were forbidden from learning their own language at school, or even from speaking it in the military. The result is a generation of Syrian Kurds, many now in late middle age, who can't write their own language." - Luke Harding

"I'm always learning something. Learning never ends." - Raymond Carver

"Our goal as a parent is to give life to our children's learning-to instruct, to teach, to help them develop self-discipline-an ordering of the self from the inside, not imposition from the outside. Any technique that does not give life to a child's learning and leave a child's dignity intact cannot be called discipline-it is punishment, no matter what language it is clothed in." - Barbara Coloroso

"Once you have a handle on loving yourself, you can practice sharing that love with others. You"ve probably been taught to reserve the language of love for when you're feeling overwhelmingly tender and passionate, and only for those who have made huge commitments to you. We recommend instead learning to recognize and acknowledge all the sweet feelings that make life worthwhile even when they do' knock you over-and, moreover, learning to communicate those feelings to the people who inspire them." - Dossie Easton

"Once you have a handle on loving yourself, you can practice sharing that love with others. You've probably been taught to reserve the language of love for when you're feeling overwhelmingly tender and passionate, and only for those who have made huge commitments to you. We recommend instead learning to recognize and acknowledge all the sweet feelings that make life worthwhile even when they don't knock you over-and, moreover, learning to communicate those feelings to the people who inspire them." - Dossie Easton

"I couldn't know about my culture, my history, without learning the language, so I started learning Arabic - reading, writing. I used to speak Arabic before that, but Tunisian Arabic dialect. Step by step, I discovered calligraphy. I painted before and I just brought the calligraphy into my artwork. That's how everything started. The funny thing is the fact that going back to my roots made me feel French." - eL Seed

"Once you have a handle on loving yourself, you can practice sharing that love with others. You've probably been taught to reserve the language of love for when you're feeling overwhelmingly tender and passionate, and only for those who have made huge commitments to you. We recommend instead learning to recognize and acknowledge all the sweet feelings that make life worthwhile even when they don't knock you over-and, moreover, learning to communicate those feelings to the people who inspire them." - Dossie Easton

"Hyperpolyglots are not born, and they are not made, but they are born to be made. There is a finite subset of the human population which has the right neurological equipment for learning and using lots of languages. That equipment may serve only a sub-component of language learning, such as mimicry, pattern recognition, or memory, or it serves those sub-components in a global fashion." - Michael Erard

"[W]hen Galileo discovered he could use the tools of mathematics and mechanics to understand the motion of celestial bodies, he felt, in the words of one imminent researcher, that he had learned the language in which God recreated the universe. Today we are learning the language in which God created life. We are gaining ever more awe for the complexity, the beauty, the wonder of God's most devine and sacred gift." - William J Clinton

"Less bitching...more learning." - Jeaniene Frost

"Learning means change." - Bart Kosko

"I am always learning." - Michelangelo

"Learning is a livelihood." - Hitopadesa

"Mother lode of learning." - Neal A Maxwell

"A progeny of learning." - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

"Deep learning doesn't shine." - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

"Stop learning. Start knowing" - Rumi

"I never stop learning." - Gloria Estefan

"Change demands new learning." - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

"I've never stopped learning." - Mick Taylor

"I am still learning." - Michelangelo

"Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That's the fun of them. You're always learning." - Helen Mirren

"Music is a language, a universal language." - Sun Ra

"As evolutionary time is measured, we have only just turned up and have hardly had time to catch breath, still marveling at our thumbs, still learning to use the brand-new gift of language. Being so young, we can be excused all sorts of folly and can permit ourselves the hope that someday, as a species, we will begin to grow up." - Lewis Thomas

"the grim, grand African forests are like a great library, in which, so far, I can do little more than look at the pictures, although I am now busily learning the alphabet of their language, so that I may some day read what these pictures mean." - Mary Kingsley

"The young all have the same dream: to save the world. Some quickly forget this dream, convinced that there are more important things to do, like having a family, earning money, traveling, and learning a foreign language. Others, though, decide that it really is possible to make a difference in society and to shape the world we will hand on to future generations." - Paulo Coelho

"Happiness is the most natural thing in the world when you have it, and the slowest, strangest, most impossible thing when you don't. It's like learning a foreign language: You can think about the words all you want, but you'll never be able to speak it until you suck up your courage and say them out loud." - Dan Wells

"Learning to say prayers in a foreign language...is not in itself the way to fulfill our highest human potential; there is nothing of transcending value to be gained from substituting one set of cultural conventions for another. People whose practice remains on this superficial level end up with nothing but confusion, not knowing who they are or what they should do." - Thubten Yeshe

"Added to the difficulty of learning to speak the language was the greater difficulty of finding terms to express the ideas which the missionary had come to convey... in many languages the most precious truths of Christianity had to force their way by bending stubborn words to new ideas, and filling old terms with new content." - Helen Barrett Montgomery

"When you are a kid you have your own language, and unlike French or Spanish or whatever you start learning in fourth grade, this one you are born with, and eventually lose...Kids think with their brains cracked wide open; becoming an adult...is only a slow sewing it shut." - Jodi Picoult

"We must keep in mind that only a part of memory can be translated into the language-based packets of information people use to tell their life stories to others. Learning to be open to many layers of communication is a fundamental part of getting to know another person's life." - Daniel J. Siegel

"We often treat children as if they're not very competent to do anything on their own. So we make them stop learning in a natural way - by exploring. Logo [the computer programming language ] allows them to find their way around the computer, as they would find their way around the house, uncontaminated by the bureaucracies of schools." - Seymour Papert

"When I tour with a band, things get more unconscious and more automatic as the tour goes on. Music has to be like natural speech. It's probably like learning a foreign language. Thinking about the use of pronouns is not the passionate part of communicating with people." - John Vanderslice

"Things like reading a book or learning a language, or taking a walk - they're not stimulating. Your mind has to sort of learn how to deal with that kind of stimulation on its own. So that's a very important form of adversity." - Robert Greene

"I've translated two of Bae's novels, A Greater Music and Recitation, which are coming from Open Letter and Deep Vellum in October and January respectively. A Greater Music is a semi-autobiographical book centred on a Korean writer moving to Berlin, learning to live and even write in a foreign language." - Deborah Smith

"But lots of emerging racial tensions in California have nothing to do with whites: Filipinos and Samoans are fighting it out in San Francisco high schools. Merced is becoming majority Mexican and Cambodian. They may be fighting in gangs right now, but I bet they are also learning each other's language." - Richard Rodriguez

"I put myself in the student's place and remember the frustrations, doubts, determination, and desires I felt when I was going through the initial learning process. The things we now do automatically, such as perspective, pencil control, values and composition were as unfamiliar and intimidating as a foreign language." - Ted Martinez

"It's really difficult for me. Language, I am sorry that I haven't. I think I just always expected that you learn a word in place of a word and when I discovered how difficult the grammar was and learning that was very discouraging for me." - Bo Derek

"I'm only just learning what language to use when I want my microphone turned down, you know, because it's all so new to me. It can be quite difficult on a daily basis to communicate with the people I work with, so I'm just looking forward to knowing more." - Duffy

"You could imagine a language exactly like English except it doesn't have connectives like 'and' that allow you to make longer expressions. An infant learning truncated English would have no idea about this: They would just pick it up as they would standard English." - Noam Chomsky

"All the teaching I had ever received had failed to make me apply such intelligence as I was possessed of, directly and vividly: there had never been any sunshine, as regards language, in the earlier grey days of learning, for the sky had always pelted with gerunds and optatives." - E F Benson

"I think integration in Norway is, by all standards, going relatively well. People are working, taking education, learning the language. But, yes, it is a challenge. And democracy and democratic debate has to be open to take that debate openly and not push questions aside." - Jonas Gahr Store

"Fashion is instant language." - Miuccia Prada

"All language is political ..." - Robin Lakoff

"Verbing weirds language." - Bill Watterson

"Mathematics is a language" - J. Willard Gibbs

"language is never neutral" - Paulo Freire

"Language disguises thought." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Language changes very fast." - John M. Smith

"BASIC - A programming language." - Anonymous

"Music is a language." - Youssou Ndour

"...language is never innocent." - Roland Barthes

"Language is fossil Poetry." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I love body language." - Anton Corbijn

"Lexicographers are language reporters." - Erin Mckean

"Language changes very fast." - John Maynard Smith

"Learning to speak is like learning to shoot." - Avital Ronell

"A thing worth learning is worth learning well." - Patrick Ness

"Learning to live is learning to let go." - Sogyal Rinpoche

"Learning how to die is therefore learning how to live," - Philip Seymour Hoffman

"Learning philosophy is learning a particular kind of intuitive understanding." - Iris Murdoch

"Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die." - Tom Clancy

"The filmmakers that I studied and appreciated growing up are the ones that are able to dictate their vision clearly to each department, and they know the language of how to communicate with each department well enough, so that their vision is clearly transferred to the screen. So I like to spend time on sets learning from all of the departments and seeing how they approach their jobs. It's not just filmmakers, you know? There's so many mediums involved. I love learning about all of the mediums." - Logan Lerman

"Real revolution starts with learning..." - Tim McIlrath

"...don't spoil my learning process!" - Diana Wynne Jones

"Learning makes us all uncomfortable." - Dean Wesley Smith

"Life without learning is death." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Everything is a learning experience," - Angus T Jones

"And still I am learning." - Michelangelo

"Learning something new is fun," - Alex Trebek



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