Learning German has done more to improve my interpersonal communication skills than any other single decision in my life. When learning a new language you don’t have the opportunity to lazily determine your words mid-sentence. You must construct the entire sentence before speaking. Studying abroad for the better part of a year in Germany and Austria forced me to make a habit of this. After returning home to the states I was lauded for my now greatly improved speech. I was speaking more clearly, concisely, and each sentence was fully thought out. After graduating from school and moving into the workforce I found that communication was the single-most important trait sought after by employers, and a fairly rare one among colleagues. Good communication practices have helped me quickly obtain new responsibilities and advance my career.
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