motivational quotes language learning

Ask most people what new thing they would like to learn, learning a language will be top of the list. Desire, however, is one thing, finding the motivation to start is another.

Even after starting, as a French language learner myself, I can tell you that there would be times when you would feel you’ve hit a brick-wall, with little or no more room for improvement.

However, considering the many benefits of being a polyglot, such as career enhancement; potential to travel the world; building self-esteem etc. it’s important to stay motivated, and I have curated 15 quotes to help you do just that.

Motivational Quotes for language learning

“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

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

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

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

“Learn a language, and you’ll avoid a war.”
Arab Proverb


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

“With languages, you’re at home anywhere.”
Edward De Waal

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

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”
Chinese Proverb

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
Benjamin Franklin

“Language is not a genetic gift, it is a social gift. Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club – the community of speakers of that language.”
Frank Smith

“Change your language, change your thoughts.”
Karl Albrecht

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

“The most intimate temper of a people, its deepest soul, is above all in its language.”
Jules Michelet 

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

32 COMMENTS

  1. These were eye opening to some deeper truths that we don’t think about when it comes to learning a new language. Like learning a new language to avoid a war! How true this has been. These are wonderful motivators towards wanting to learn another language. Or in my case, to continue my studies.

  2. I haven’t picked up a new language in years and I’m currently homeschooling my kiddo right now. This is completely motivating me to pick up a language as part of a curriculum so I can learn as well! Thanks for the motivation!

  3. “With languages, you’re at home anywhere.” I’ve found that even speaking a few words of the language goes such a long way in connecting with locals when traveling!

  4. I have loved learning languages and through language, learning about the culture of those people. I remember some French from school, but I am forgetting a lot of the Italian I once knew! Learning a new language is hard, but I will think about giving it another go. Maybe Spanish this time!

  5. Hi Seyi,
    These are such true quotes! As someone who speaks various languages, I can see how a “A Different language is a different vision of life.” I believe languages teach us about cultures and ways of life. This post has motivated me to add one more language under my belt! Thanks for sharing.

  6. I really agree about the languages… being an Indian born in Indian raised by saying I actually speak multiple languages and there’s just so much difference in the way the same emotions are depicted in different languages!!

  7. Love these top motivational quotes on language learning. I have always struggled with learning my family’s root language of Spanish. But to quote Ludwig Wittgenstein, “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” I don’t want to limit anything so I hope that I can finally overcome my mental barriers and finally be able to speak the language of my mother.

  8. wow…really enjoyed my read on this list as personally I love to collect quotes too. from this list, i resonate to “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 😀

  9. nelson mandela’s quote took my attention..working with different nationalites on a cruise ship sometimes creates miscommunication because of different laungages from different nationalites…every one need to know how to speak english and understand it..but if you talk to them by using their own language they will understand better.

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