Yamada Language Center

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175 Mckenzie
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1236

September Hours (Sept 7 - Sept 23)
Closed — please contact us with service requests.

Zero Week (Sept 23 - Sept 30)
Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm

Fall Hours (Oct 1 - Dec 6)

Mon-Thurs 8am–7pm
Fridays 8am–5pm

Thanksgiving Break (Nov 28 - Nov 29)
Winter Break (Dec 14 - Jan 6)


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1236 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1236

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Knowing a language means …

By YLC Staff
Sun, 05/12/2019 - 06:29

Knowing a language means many things, but mostly that you can use it to communicate— to express yourself and to understand others. Which means that you can do obvious things like speak, listen, read and write. But it also means you can do and know a whole lot more: you know what gestures mean, you know where to go to buy food, you can follow a dance instructor's explanations. The sum of those abilities, communicating in a foreign language, is your ticket to participating in a globalized world, our world today.

Last Spring a panel of distinguished Duck alums with backgrounds in languages, and working and living abroad gathered at UO to discuss this notion from a longterm perspective: What does knowing another language enable you to do in your career? To know no one's surprise, the answer is "quite a lot".

As you can see in the video below, the panelists offer some compelling testimony on the value of pursuing a foreign language and understanding what that means.