Monday, March 13, 2017

The importance of learning a second language

The importance of learning a second language

Learning English at “The Benedict School of Languages” opened many doors in my life, changed me and increased my opportunities personally and professionally

Hi, I'm Soledad Tanner, MIB, I was born in Guayaquil, I studied English in The Benedict School of Language and I currently live in Houston Texas.
When I think of The Benedict I think of the incredible influence that English has had both in my professional life and in my personal life.

In my studies, I started to study English at the age of 10 and graduated from Benedict's advanced courses when I was 16 years old. I am a Commercial Engineer (Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Management) from the Catholic University of Guayaquil, a diploma that I studied in Spanish, and I also have a Master's Degree in International Business from St. Thomas University in Houston, which I studied in English.

Professionally, both in Ecuador and outside the country, all my works and projects have required my two languages. From the beginning of my career at the Swiss Consulate in Guayaquil to the position of Global Director of strategy performance & metrics for Deustche Post DHL in Germany, in addition to the different work trips that took me to India, Switzerland, Brazil, England , Mexico, Hong Kong and many others ... all were made possible thanks to English.

I am currently the President of Soledad Tanner Consulting, a consulting company, which helps companies to improve their profit and productivity. My clients are diverse and being bilingual opens up possibilities to offer my services to bigger, complex and interesting markets, than if I would only speak one language.

Personally, English has allowed me to read wonderful books, travel to magical places on almost all continents, be able to understand other languages, other cultures and meet diverse and interesting people.

Without a doubt, I can say that English has been the vital tool to be able to know, live and enjoy a globalized world and be an active member of a constantly evolving society.

Thank you Benedict!

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