Colombia

My name is Jana and I've been working as National Sales Manager for the last 3 years. As a German, my main responsibility is my home market but my company has offices all around Europe. So I get calls from abroad every now and again - and I need to speak English!

My name is Gregor and I am originally from Russia. I recently switched jobs and am now a buyer in the purchasing department of a much larger corporation. One of the skills that landed me this new job was my ability to negotiate in English. At this point in my career, handling business negotiations in English is a routine part of the job, but fresh out of university I struggled immensely.

My name is Mirabel and I work for an agricultural company based in South America. I knew my English was good when I started the job, so I expected my first big meeting, which happened to be in Turkey, to be a big success. I was very wrong. The problem was that I neglected the importance of body language.

My Name is Rodolfo and I have been a sales and marketing manager at an international company for the last five years. At this point in my life I have no problems speaking and writing in English with our clients, but years ago it was a struggle that I thought I would never surmount.

My name is Julia. For the last year I have been working in the HR department of a large German company. Every day I receive numerous resumes in English from international applicants. Often I discard what could be a suitable candidate for one simple fact: their resume was not up to par.

My name is Giovanni, and I grew up in southern Italy. For the past six years I have been happily working at an international construction firm. Part of my job involves daily email correspondence with clients, mostly in English - not a problem for me now.

My name is Michaela and I am originally from Poland. For the past five years, I have worked for an international company in the retail sector. One of the things I love most about my job is that I travel a lot, and travelling is by far one of my biggest hobbies. Once I finish up with work-related activities I enjoy going to malls, antique stores, markets, and anywhere else I can get my hands on unique items. And if I'm on holiday, well, then you'll find me spending my days looking for the best deals.

My name is Monika and I was born in Switzerland. Many international companies have headquarters here, and like many of them, the one I work at uses English as its business language. The thought of conducting a meeting in business English was daunting at first and my first experience was a complete disaster.

I work as a salesman in an international electronics company based in China and my name is Li Jie. Working with an international group of clients and colleagues means that English is generally our business language. I must admit that speaking English was a struggle for me at first. I constantly messed up tenses and was hesitant to speak for fear of using the wrong vocabulary.