Teacher Insights: Rodrigo Rión, Spanish Instructor

Learn more about the people who teach at The Language Academy of the Carolinas and their tips for improving your language skills.

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**If you’re a student or business client of The Language Academy of the Carolinas, you’ve probably had the pleasure of speaking or working with Rodrigo. From teaching and scheduling to computer programming and translating, he does it all…  and always with a smile!**

NAME:   

Rodrigo Rion

POSITION:

Spanish instructor and Vice President of the Language Academy of the Carolinas. Now in my 8th year with the company. 

ORIGINALLY FROM:

Mexico

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:

Spanish, English. (Extremely rusty in German and French, although they were my minors.)

FAVORITE FOOD FROM MY HOME COUNTRY:

I love traditional Mexican “tacos al pastor!”

MORE ABOUT RODRIGO:

INTERESTS:
I love the outdoors, I am an experienced backpacker and navigator. I am very athletic and enjoy most sports. I have a great passion for soccer and surfing. I love to travel and explore new cities, places and cultures.

WORK HISTORY:
*I began working with The Language Academy as a Spanish instructor 8 years ago. I then took the position as Vice President in the summer of 2009 and have been working as such ever since.
*Worked for Kay Jewelers prior to the Language Academy for 4 years. I was promoted to Assistant Manager and became GIA certified as a professional Diamontologist.
* Worked for RONAL in Queretaro, Mex. A German company that produces specialty alloy wheels for high-end vehicles. Worked as the logistics manager for the Mexican plant and distribution centers for BMW, South Carolina and Mercedes Benz, Alabama.

SOME FAVORITE SPANISH LANGUAGE FILMS:

Amores Perros
Maria Llena Eres de Gracia
Todo el Poder
La Ley de Herodes
Biutiful

SOME FAVORITE BANDS THAT PERFORM IN SPANISH:

Mana
Fernando Delgadillo
Alejandro Fernandez
Juanes

SOME ADVICE TO STUDENTS:

Practice, practice, practice. The more exposure you can get, the better. Take steps into changing your normal routines, find a Spanish-speaking hair salon, do your groceries at Compare Foods, etc. Join meet up groups and conversation hours to practice and meet new people. 

Spanish is everywhere nowadays in our city. Make an effort to expose yourself and make new friends. There are plenty of opportunities out there to practice. Lose the fear of speaking a foreign language. Sometimes you may say something that sounds funny, but people are not laughing at you, in fact, they truly appreciate your effort to learn their language and to try to communicate with them.

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