Micah Bellieu thought she approached learning languages the right way. She spent over 15 years learning Spanish and even studied abroad. But when she took a job in Mexico, she realized that all of her hard work wasn’t paying off.
Colleagues spoke too quickly for her to keep up during meetings. She had trouble making friends because her textbooks hadn’t taught her everyday, real-life vocabulary and idioms. And she felt out of the loop because she didn’t understand co-workers’ cultural references.
A New Kind of Language Training
That’s when Micah realized the generic language courses she had taken weren’t effective. She needed to talk with someone in REAL Spanish – the Spanish spoken every day at work. So she started having relevant, interesting and FUN conversations with co-workers about work, life and the culture. Slowly but surely, she gained the language fluency she needed to do her job.
Her experience inspired Micah to found Fluency Corp. Fluency’s approach is the opposite of “one size fits all” language training, which is a waste of time and money. Instead, Fluency Corp takes a customized approach based on giving language learners plenty of speaking experience tailored to their specific jobs. (Learning a language without speaking is like trying to learn the piano just by watching someone else play!) Fluency Corp’s experienced, professional instructors lead, correct and support.
Micah’s mission is to make sure Fluency’s language learners have the skill and confidence to connect and contribute. As a result, companies that work with Fluency Corp build collaboration, engagement and morale.