Language Learning Quotes to Inspire You & Make You Think!

Language learning quotes can be inspirational, thought-provoking, entertaining, or all three!Learning a new language is enriching, inspiring, and mostly fun, but let’s face it: there come times when it starts to feel a bit like a chore. If studying Spanish (or any other language) has you stressed out, it’s time to relax. Check out the language learning quotes that we’ve compiled here, and then when you’re ready, get back to work. Enjoy!

PS: If you have any quotes that you think we should add, let us know and we’ll consider them. Also, if you’ve come up with any of your own language learning quotes, send them along! If we decide to include one on our list, we’ll credit you as the author.

Language Learning Quotes

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

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

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

“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

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” —Charlemagne

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein

“A different language is a different vision of life.” —Federico Fellini

“No two languages are ever sufficiently similar to be considered as representing the same social reality.” —Edward Sapir

“Learning a foreign language not only reveals how other societies think and feel, what they have experienced and value, and how they express themselves, it also provides a cultural mirror in which we can more clearly see our own society.” –Edward Lee Gorsuch

“Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.” —Benjamin Lee Whorf

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

“If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.” –Ludwig Wittgenstein

“We should learn languages because language is the only thing worth knowing even poorly.” —Kató Lomb

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

“The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas.” —Victor Hugo

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

“The conquest of learning is achieved through the knowledge of languages.” —Roger Bacon

“I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations.” —Samuel Johnson

“Each time a language dies, another flame goes out, another sound goes silent.” —Ariel Sabar

“Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.” —Dave Barry

“No man should travel until he has learned the language of the country he visits. Otherwise he voluntarily makes himself a great baby, so helpless and so ridiculous.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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