Spanish for Work: What everyone should know

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Spanish Learning GoalsDo you want to learn Spanish for your workplace, but don’t know where to start?   If you feel overwhelmed with your goal to tackle a new language, I don’t blame you.  Hopefully this article will give you some ideas to start with.  In the many fields of work–health care, law enforcement, education, construction, retail, and so on–the Spanish language needs will be very different.  However, there are some basic Spanish phrases and concepts that everyone should know, regardless of what they do.  If you are missing any of these, this is a great place to start your learning journey! (more…)

Learning Spanish for work: “What should I learn?”

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Where to start with workplace Spanish?One common emotion people experience when they begin to learn a new language is overwhelm.  There is SO much to learn! Where should they start?

The good news is that you probably don’t actually need to become fluent to be effective with Spanish at work.  You just need to know what to learn in order to accomplish your goals.  Here are some guidelines to help you figure out exactly what you need to learn:

1.  Sit down and think through a typical day at work.  What are your usual routines and procedures?  Are there certain things that you say over and over throughout the day to your clients or co-workers?  What phrases do you say most often?  What are the most critical and important things that you say in your daily routines?

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10 Mistakes most people make trying to learn Spanish for the Workplace

Monday, July 1st, 2013

overwhelmed-employeeMany people don’t know where to begin when they need to learn Spanish for the job.  Some will search for the nearest Spanish class, or visit the local library or book store to find a beginning Spanish language book to go through.  After weeks, months, or even years of effort, many are overwhelmed and frustrated that the language they are learning isn’t helping them out at work much at all!   Here are 10 common mistakes people make trying to learn Workplace Spanish, and how you can avoid them:

1.  They start out learning lists of vocabulary words.  The foods, the animals, articles of clothing, household items.  Knowing these words will do nothing for your ability to communicate on the job if they have nothing to do with your work and/or you can’t put them into a useful sentence.  If you want to know the Spanish names of things for personal enrichment purposes, that is fine, but it won’t help much at work.  Focus on learning phrases you’ll really use at work, rather than isolated and irrelevant words.

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5 Spanish Phrases for the Construction Site

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Spanish for ConstructionAre you a construction worker?  Do you want to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking employees or co-workers on the construction site, but don’t have the time or talent to learn Spanish fluently?  If so, today’s post is just for you.

Today’s tip:

Learn phrases that you can use in many different situations.  It’s easier to remember one phrase that expresses many things, than twenty phrases that each only express one thing.  Here are five versatile Spanish phrases for the construction site:

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