With the growing ability of people to converse with others all over the world, it becomes increasingly apparent that among the tools necessary for young people to possess is the ability to speak a foreign language. Fluency in another language is important not only for the facilitation of direct and easy communication, but also for subtler and more pervasive reasons. Learning another’s language forces students to become less self-involved, more sensitive to others, more aware of their relative place and role in the global village. Learning another’s language challenges students to master a new and initially mysterious way of expressing themselves. Learning another’s language requires students to listen more sensitively and to be more aware of other points of view. Learning another’s language pushes students beyond their native preconceptions, and gives them a broader and deeper perspective on the world, their own culture, and themselves. Finally, to paraphrase the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V (who mastered during his lifetime seven languages): to know another language is to have another soul, to develop another persona, and to come to understand more fully and appreciate the differences that exist among people and nations.