|By PR Newswire||
|March 14, 2014 03:22 PM EDT||
PRINCETON, N.J., March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Berlitz is pleased to announce that Nikki Elliot of Winona, MN has won the Berlitz Language Adventure Contest! Launched in February, the video contest requested entrants to share why they wanted to learn a new language for the chance to win a $6,600 package that includes a language learning program and a travel gift card. The winner was determined by meeting certain eligibility requirements and by the number of verified votes her video received on the contest site.
Nikki's video focused on her interest in learning Arabic. As she described it, "I would use my new language to have a more authentic travel experience … [and] to really understand the culture of Arabic-speaking countries. Ideally, one day in the future, I will also be able to use my Arabic skills to secure a teaching job in the Middle East."
Recognizing the role of language and culture in shaping one's world view, Nikki's video expressed interest in eventually achieving a fluency that will enable her to attain the perspective of a native Arabic-speaker. Interestingly, she sees this as not only a way to better understand Arabic culture, but also as a means to better understand how her own culture is perceived by others. Not a stranger to the study of language, Nikki is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in English and Spanish.
Diego Salmon, Regional Managing Director of Berlitz North & Central America, responded, "Berlitz is pleased Nikki will have this opportunity to enhance her language skills and cultural understanding. For over 135 years, Berlitz has been committed to helping the world communicate through language and cultural programs. We wish Nikki the very best in her pursuits."
About Berlitz Corporation - a Benesse Company - has been recognized as the world's premier provider of language training and cross-cultural services. Headquartered in Princeton, NJ with more than 550 locations in over 70 countries and 40 million clients worldwide, today Berlitz is a global leadership training and education company with a comprehensive portfolio offering communications skills development, testing and assessment, global leadership training and customized dynamic solutions for cultural competency through a variety of delivery platforms.
SOURCE Berlitz International, Inc.