Our 20 top quotes to inspire you when learning a language
by Grace Grossmann
October 23, 2020

Languages encompass us; it’s up to us to embrace them. The same applies to inspiration  – it is all around us, but we are the ones that choose to be fuelled by our findings in our journey of life. A certain quote that comes to mind here:

 “Life is a journey, not a destination.” 

Language learning is also a journey and can be enhanced by insight from others. We all require inspiration to keep going in times of frustration to succeed in fluency. So we’ve compiled twenty inspiring quotes about language learning to help you grow in certain attributes, revealing the real-life lessons involved.

Confidence in language learning

Learning a language will make you more self-confident. Here’s some quotes explaining how:

  1. “To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.” – Chinese Proverb
  2. “To have another language is to possess a second soul.” – Charlemagne
  3. “A new language is a new life.” – Persian proverb
  4. “Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club – the community of speakers of that language.” – Frank Smith
  5. “One who speaks only one language is one person, but one who speaks two languages is two people.” – Turkish Proverb

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Wisdom in language learning

There’s no doubt that learning a language will make you wiser:

6. “Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom.” – Roger Bacon

7. “We have strong evidence today that studying a foreign language has a ripple effect, helping to improve student performance in other subjects.” – Richard Riley

8. “The limits of my languages means the limits of my world.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein

9. “He who knows no foreign languages know nothing of his own.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

10. “Language is to the mind more than light is to the eye.” – William Gibson

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Become more open minded in language learning

You will break your boundaries when learning a language by exploring and paving new paths:

11. “Do you know what a foreign accent is? A sign of bravery.” – Amy Chua

12. “Change your language and you change your thoughts” – Karl Albrecht

13. “With languages, you are at home anywhere.” – Edward de Waal

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

15. “We invent the world through language. The world occurs through language.” – Mal Pancoast

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Joy in language learning

Last but not least, language learning is a journey of joy. Here’s why:

16. “The joy of knowing a foreign language is inexpressible. I find it really difficult to express such joy in my mother tongue.” – Munia Khan

17. “I love commuting between languages just like I love commuting between cultures and cities.” – Elif Safak

18. “He who knows no foreign languages knows nothing of his own.” – Johann Wolfgang

19. “A special kind of beauty exists which is born in languages, of language, and for language.” – Gaston Bachelard

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

So there you have 20 inspiring quotes about language learning. Whenever you need more determination, just come back to them to lead you on with more passion!

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