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I enjoy all my A-level subjects but have found German particularly interesting and would like to study it further at university. After researching an art project and being selected to sing with the school choir in the Czech Republic I became interested in European cultures and felt drawn to Russian, especially after talking to a native Russian speaker...
Completing a week of work experience in a Breton primary school in March 2003 cemeted in my mind the decision to study French at university. Whilst staying in the Moulin de Kerguoal with an English/French husband and wife team with their bilingual adult children, I realised how strong French family ties can be, which fuelled my research into 'the family in France' for my A-S French Oral...
In studying French and Arabic, I am eager to compare two mutually influential languages and cultures, particularly their overlapping history and its cultural representations. I decided to defer my entry to retake my Maths A2 and plan to turn this to my advantage by working and living in France, putting what I've already learnt of the French language and culture into practice...
For me, learning languages means breaking down the barriers between different cultures and people. I spent 5 years living in Germany as a child which proved to be an invaluable experience as, despite going to a British army school, I was able to appreciate a completely different culture to my own and learn basic German...
For as long as I have recognised words and numbers, I have seen a connection between the two. As I progressed in the AS Mathematics course I realised how drawn I was to the subject, motivating me to spend 2 weeks at school over the summer holidays learning 2 entire AS Further Maths modules, in order to take the full A-level course in one year...
At the age of eight, a friend introduced me to Guy Hamilton's 1969 film 'Battle of Britain'. This instilled in me two things: my doomed childhood ambition to be a Spitfire pilot, long since grudgingly abandoned, but also, perhaps ironically, a love for the sound and feel of the German language that has stayed with me all through the intervening decade...
My aspiration to study Spanish and Economics has not only been influenced by my curricular education but also from experiences I have had throughout life. I am intrigued in the effects caused by the failing Euro zone, and I consider communication among speakers of different languages essential in progressing forward...
Since I first started studying business at GCSE I have been interested by how businesses operate and function, considering how they are able to become successful not only on a local scale, but how they are able to expand and grow to eventually operate on a global scale...
My family hosted foreign students from various countries introducing me to a range of languages and cultures from a young age. I gained many connections across the globe, inspiring my love of diverse culture...
I see speaking a foreign language as a key to a door opening up a new world of possibilities and opportunities. As a child my mother insisted I learned another language, she told me to grab any possible open window for a life beyond my own imagination...
Foreign languages have always been an integral part of my life as from a young age I have been exposed to other countries and cultures through frequent family holidays to France and Germany. I have always been interested in the logic behind languages...
Whilst English is spoken worldwide as a first, second and even third language, it is surprising how few people from the UK speak a second language. I have always been fascinated by the transformation of language and where a word originated from...
Email correspondence with a friend in Berlin during the celebrations of the twentieth anniversary of the German reunification gave me an insight into the importance and relevance of Germany’s past both within the country itself, and throughout Europe...
I want to study modern languages to learn about other ways of life. The language we use is the lens through which we look at the world, colouring our experiences and perhaps predisposing us to certain ways of thinking...
Throughout sixth form I have developed all of my interests both academic and extra-curricular. In school I excel at English Literature and German because I can express myself fully in both subjects, I enjoy English as there are many interpretations to one piece of work and I like to hear other people's opinions and then develop my ideas further...
My love of literature stems from the freedom it gives my imagination. Between the author’s words and myself there are no external influences except for my own reasoning, previous experiences and preconceptions, allowing me to constantly evolve my own images and views...
I am a contemplative and dedicated person, widely-read and prepared to work long and hard to fulfil the goals I set for myself, both now and during my English Literature and French degree. My family and I are very close, and they have taught me to have confidence and individuality combined with politeness, humility and generosity...
I have always believed that the being able to speak more than one language well is so useful in the world today, where the sources of communication grow ever more abundant. Especially in the world of politics and international relations, languages are so important, and as I may consider a career in this area, I know that being able to speak foreign languages will open many more doors for me...
Growing up in a bilingual household with Gujarati as my mother-tongue sparked my love for foreign languages, thus I studied French and German from an early age. What I enjoy most when studying German is the flexibility of the language, for example in its use of compound nouns and word order...
While studying Performing Arts at Lambeth College, I developed an interest in business related subjects which were: Starting work in the Performing Arts and Financial Management, during the course I had lots of paperwork and practical work...
Since learning to read from a very young age, literature has been my greatest love. I am fascinated by the impact that written words have on society, and how they influence the way that people interpret issues such as war or politics...
The theory behind the relationships between high authoritive figures of global power posses a fresh and compelling interest in me. To be able to learn about the contemporary international system, will help me to establish a more structured and knowledgeable opinion on the world issues and interlinks, preparing me for a career on an international level...
My interest in Law stemmed from personal experiences in different foreign countries, especially with three years spent living in the Middle East. Living in foreign countries opened my eyes to different political and judicial systems within different countries of the world...
As an aspiring Army Officer and fluent French speaker, my interests in a degree in Politics and French are backed up by a highly tuned knowledge in both subjects; I spent my early teens living in France where I developed my French to a bilingual standard and I also began to harbour an interest in the way the world is run...
I have chosen to complete a Modern Languages degree, as it will enable me to study the languages, societies and cultures of both France and Germany. In addition to my lessons, extra reading, including 'Die Verwandlung', written by Franz Kafka, and 'Madame Bovary', by Gustave Flaubert, has confirmed my interest in reading this subject...
Being the daughter of a German mother and a Ghanaian father, having grown up in multicultural Berlin, I've always been surrounded by many diverse and fascinating cultures which- eventually- caused my curiosity about their different appearances...
It is always challenging, attempting to remain impartial and attentive to detail in a murder trial over a relative. My ability to do so was tested greatly during the trial over the killing of my cousin, Christopher Alaneme...
Languages are my strength, the main focus of my studies, and I have always studied them with energy and interest. I have chosen to study the combination of English and French because I see languages as assets, not only as keys to communication but also as keys to accessing literature...
My concern of countries worldwide has grown as I've been traveling, especially to third world countries. Lately I've become more interested in international studies and I'm interested to extend my understanding of politics...
My decision to study Modern Languages at University has been driven by my passion for Language. My mother is fluent in French and began teaching it to me in primary school. To supplement this study of French, at High School I chose to study German...
I have always been interested in the world's culture: its history and art. Philosophy and languages proved themselves a perfect tool to describe and explain various conceptions of human mind, so that one could understand the specific meaning and value of each of them...
It has always been my greatest ambition to learn to speak a second language fluently. I firmly believe that languages, as the building blocks of communication, are increasingly vital skills to possess in a modern world in which traditional boundaries are rapidly changing and with this in mind, I studied three foreign languages for GCSE, enjoying the experience greatly, although it was my intention to carry only French onto a higher level of study...
The 42 Day Detention, the National DNA database, the Lisbon Treaty, the Embryology Bill. Law surrounds us. It has evolved from the fundamental needs of society for structure and justice and it is part of our lives, whether we are aware of it or not...
"Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow" This quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes sums up perfectly the reason why I feel so passionate about the languages spoken around the world...
Before I participated in a French Exchange to Montelimar in 2005, I had found French interesting but didn't particularly think that it would be important in my longer term career aims. However, whilst in Montelimar, I found myself fully immersed in French culture and began to realise the breadth and beauty of the language and the importance of being able to express myself effectively in another language...
My passion for French has certainly flourished throughout my education, a language and culture that have, without doubt had an enormous impact upon how we, as British citizens, live and communicate today...
The decision to apply for this course was easy to make for me indeed. Partly because Spanish-speaking zone is such a culturaly rich and diverse area, and partly because of my aunt being crazy about Latin America, who managed to pass her bug on me...
As a child, life is consistent. The outside world may exist but has no great impact on daily life. As you grow up you realise the reverse applies. Studying Economics, Spanish and French has not only enabled but also deepened my yearning to understand the endless facets which form the basis of everyday existence...
Language is at the heart of everything I do: it's essential for communicating with the world and vital for the inner dialogue that is fundamental to all academic study. Fluency in a number of tongues will improve my knowledge and understanding of English and enable me to fulfil my ambition to work internationally in an ambassadorial role...
At the age of seventeen, I won an ASSIST scholarship that gave me the opportunity to spend a full academic year at a prestigious private American high school, which perfected my English to the extent of winning the school, local, and regional round of English Olympics...
Japanese language and culture captivated me when my interest was sparked by exposure to manga and anime. That interest has become a deep fascination, motivating my study of all things Japanese for several years now...
Although I was too young to witness at first hand the heady days of revolution that took place in the East as the Iron Curtain was being swept aside, I was privileged enough to live and work in a number of the countries that arose in its wake as they made the gradual transition from the pre- to the post-1989 world...
Russian and Francophone cultures fascinate me. Already a devoted linguist due to my long-standing education in French and inspiring visits to Normandy and Paris; it was on a school history visit to the cities of Moscow and St...
My love of languages was formed and nurtured in a classroom but it was developed into a true passion in the real world. A trip to Ecuador with World Challenge has made me realise I could never be content with knowing a language simply in a classroom context, because the true beauty of a language is in communication and the education that communication brings...
My decision to study languages at University stems from a fascination of the complexity of language and the changes which languages go through. As I am Scottish, I often speak in a regional dialect and I find myself engrossed as to why people speak in dialects and why speakers of the same language can have difficulties understanding each other...
Despite all the framed photos, I have only one distinct memory of my visit to Madrid as a ten year old: the language barrier. I recall gawking at children my age playing soccer in a side street. Baffled by their freedom to frolic in roads, I was even more mesmerized by the soundsthey produced...
My initial contact with Japanese came through literature. When I first read the short stories of Ryunosuke Akutagawa I was moved, since even when translated, the picture of Japanese society was remarkable in its richness and diversity...
"The limits of my language mean the limits of my world." Although Wittgenstein was in this case expounding his deterministic philosophy, one can change the context and his statement is a reminder that reaching out to a different language also opens up a different culture, a different history, a different way of thinking about things...
I am currently taking a gap year in order to mature, earn money for university and give myself time to confirm what I want to do in the future. I am now more enthusiastic than ever about developing my passion for language...
For me, the most captivating part of English literature is the way great writers are able to influence the reader's imagination through the manipulation of language. The A-level topic of World War One literature was especially affecting because it showed me the importance of world events and their effect on contemporary literature that still inspires us today...
I have always been fascinated by the structures of societies and how their laws are built. Due to the constant changes of the world, the ongoing conflicts, debates, and controversies, these laws are constantly evolving...
As a child, I was always intrigued by the idea that other worlds could be held between the covers of a book, providing insight into cultures, times and societies that would otherwise be foreign to us. Continued study of English Literature through to 'A' level has broadened my understanding and enjoyment of literature, greatly improving my ability to read analytically and critically...
My passion for language first unveiled itself at the age of seven, when my elder brother began learning French at middle school. I remember quite vividly the afternoon he returned home with the ability to count to ten and say the alphabet in a foreign tongue, and I insisted he teach me everything he knew...
What really interests me about music is the process through which one takes the ‘notes on a page’ and forms their own musical meaning; the way an interpretation is influenced by so many different factors...
Trying to find your own path in life is not an easy feat. Looking back, I can say that I have unconsciously found mine in the 5th grade. Although it may seem atypical, I discovered my attraction to the East-Asian world by chance, when I stumbled across an episode from the Japanese “anime Inuyasha”, which intrigued me and motivated me to delve further into that unknown territory...
Law has always been a subject that has interested and appealed to me as an area of study. I believe that justice is the inherent foundation of our civilisation and find the application of it both a fascinating and vital field of learning, because of the central role it plays in the functioning of society and the diversity of areas it influences...
I am a versatile individual with a passion and flair for both Languages and Maths. I am applying to a variety of courses to pursue my combined interest. My love for languages began when I moved to Switzerland in 2006...
The study of language has always been appealing and is the focus of much of my time and energy, but the study of the German language is what mesmerises me most. Before understanding German I was first intrigued by its sound, and as I began to learn it, I became fascinated by its complexity...
Committed to lifelong learning, I am a designer-maker and arts facilitator supporting creativity through an interdisciplinary practice to enrich learning and appreciation for the arts. Curiosity underpins my desire to return to higher education to study the humanities...
"If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world." This quote by Ludwig Wittgenstein reflects exactly how and why I feel so passionate about the many languages around the world...
My earliest memory of learning a language is embracing my first words of Welsh at nursery school and since then the learning of different languages has always fascinated me. I have been increasingly intrigued and captivated by their usage to the point where I love to constantly challene myself when learning a new language...
"The limits of my language mean the limits of my world" - Ludwig Wittgenstein Even as a young child languages have been important to me. I used to try to sing along with hit tunes on the radio and watched movies without subtitles from an early age, all to improve my English skills...
England and Japan are two immensely contrasting worlds: this distinctiveness is why the undeniable magic of Japanese culture has always attracted me to study its oriental societies and traditions. I have been enthralled by the Japanese language since I was a young teenager; reading 'Japanese for Busy People' at school and trying to note down homework reminders in Kanji, anything to incorporate Japanese into my daily life...
As a pupil in a European school, on occasion I had the pleasure of being lectured about East Asia. Whenever that happened, I found any kind of information imposing. I always pondered why it always had to be cut off and not talked about continuously, like was the case with western countries, whose lectures flowed from one subject on to the next without hesitation...
My interest in Business stems from listening to my father practising his presentations for work. Having studied it at GCSE/A Level, I know I want to pursue a career in Business, probably International Business...
My passion for Modern Foreign Languages is what drives me to pursue a degree in Chinese and Spanish; my fascination and curiosity to explore the cultures of not only China and East Asia, but also of the Hispanic world, motivate me to learn and discover the languages of these regions...
According to the media, the United Kingdom has an extreme lack of female judges. This is made evident by the fact that Baroness Hale is the only woman justice to sit in the Supreme Court. This reality motivates me to embark upon legal study, as strong, able and powerful female...
Studying German at an advanced level strikes me as a very natural choice due to my cultural heritage and my strong interest in the subject. I have been brought up in the French-speaking part of Switzerland in a very multicultural family with an Italian father and a German-Iranian mother...
I realise the interconnection between English and Spanish, which embodies my philosophy of research with scrutiny, and zeal for cultural and artistic awareness. Thus a joint degree is the only option as they both embrace my cognitive capability...
Having an Italian background has been a catalyst for learning languages from a young age. I took a lot of inspiration and gained a lot of respect for both learning and teaching languages through my grandmother, who moved from Italy to England alone when she was 14 years old and taught herself English...
Each language has its own particular charm, whether it is my mother tongue Kannada's comforting rhythm or German's compound words. I fell in love with something about each language I learned, and wanting to further explore human communication, I dipped into linguistics by reading J...

Understanding and working around the fringes of the societies we live in and how they have been created has fascinated me. The Law creates the boundaries we live by, understanding and knowing these boundaries, fully develops us as citizens...

I am applying for language studies due to a personal interest in different cultures that has captivated me ever since I left my hometown in Czech Republic ten years ago. Since then, I lived in Spain, the UK, Israeli West Bank and, most recently, in Jordan...

I wish to study Spanish and international relations as to me languages are incredibly valuable. To be able to communicate with so many different cultures and interact with a multitude of different people is desirable...
When I speak French I find a new energy and rhythm to my speech. When I read literature I revel in being transported to another world. My confidence in speaking comes from time spent in Provence and Burgundy, and through French exchanges...
From an early age I have felt an attraction to learning languages and a strong desire to travel the world, expanding my knowledge of other communities. I am fortunate to have spent holidays in a small town in France where I've been fascinated by cultural and geographical differences, from the routines of daily life to the workings of businesses and economies where small family run firms are still prosperous...
Back in 2011, my family decided that it would be a good idea to have a French student stay with us for a few weeks during the summer. This was something that I was really looking forward to. Having the opportunity to get to know someone from a different country, I couldn't wait...
Growing up, my aspirations were ever evolving - a lawyer, a doctor, an author- as were my interests. The one thing that stayed is my love for stories. I started off believing that I would end up as an English major, but over the course of my IBHL English literature course, I found that I was more interested in the context that prompted the author's publications...
Being raised in two cultures, British and Pakistani, I find the connections to culture forged by language intriguing. History, culture, tradition; language encompasses them all and this is one of the reasons language appeals to me...
What really attracts me to studying French at university is the opportunity to become a fluent French speaker, whilst gaining a more developed understanding of French society, culture and history. I have always enjoyed language study, but studying A Level French has confirmed to me that it is both stimulating and exciting; French was also my strongest AS Grade (181/200 UMS)...
A personal statement applying for a Chinese degree as a mature student, covering their previous qualifications and experience.
The Chinese language is an art form both metaphorically, as the backbone of some of the world's most beautiful poetry, and literally, with calligraphy forming the basis of a visual culture that has dominated East Asia for millennia...
I believe that if everyone spoke each other’s languages the world would be a much better place. I would love to study French and Spanish at university because I plan to travel round the world and gain a better understanding of different cultures...
Quite simply, I want to study languages because I love them. My motivation comes from a deep desire to experience the world in every way possible and I believe that you can only truly experience a culture in the native tongue...