January is the time when we all set our goals and new year’s resolutions for the coming year. A survey by the British Council has revealed that one in five Britons (21%) want to learn a new language this year with Spanish being the most popular choice.
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You never know when you may need to write a formal letter to a company in Spain, whether looking for work or linked with a holiday booking, car hire issue and so forth. It is always good to try to write a few phrases in Spanish to show you are making an effort. It may help you get a job, land a promotion or just help to practise and extend the Spanish you already know.
Here are some key phrases to help you write a polite email or letter: Continue reading →
If you want your business trip to Spain to be as successful as it can be, it would be wise to learn a few phrases in Spanish to make a good impression with people you are trying to set up good relations with. Spanish employers, colleagues and clients will really appreciate your efforts to learn their native language. Here are a few to begin with:
1. Encantado/a * de conocerle. – Pleased to meet you. * If you are female, use “Encantada”
2. Le presento a mi compañero/a (name) – I’ll introduce you to …
3. Quisiéramos hablar del asunto de … – We would like to talk/discuss the matter of … Continue reading →
So you are in Spain to promote your business and attend meetings so you want to make the best impression possible. Rule number one – make an effort to do business in Spain in their language rather than expect them to speak English. Here are some useful phrases and questions you could learn to help you make an appointment with anyone that you need to: Continue reading →
Multilingual employees are able to attract more bilingual clients allowing you to grow your business globally by tapping into foreign markets.
Multilingual sales staff, customer service and marketing experts can reach out to new customers more effectively if they are speaking in the same language as potential clients. Continue reading →
“The UK’s education system is failing to produce enough people with foreign-language skills to meet a growing need from business,” according to the CBI.
This may be why we have recently been inundated with requests for language courses for staff and managers in companies across Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. The number of international companies and importers is growing in this region and businesses seem to be recognising that investing in developing employees’ language skills is a wise decision that will bring long-term benefits. We are finding that the most popular languages are Spanish, French and German, with Mandarin becoming increasingly in demand. Continue reading →
There are 26 Spanish-speaking countries in the world and 469 million speakers. Companies need to make sure their products are understandable for Spanish-speaking consumers and no legal issues may arise for using unsuitable terms or concepts. We can assist in the market research stage and investigate the industry and competitors to help you identify new business opportunities in the Spanish-speaking world. Continue reading →
Often on holiday you need to make a phone call; to book a table at a restaurant, book a taxi or hotel room or call a local tradesman. Maybe you deal with colleagues and clients in Spain and regularly make calls abroad. It is a good idea not to rely on all Spaniards speaking English and more importantly it is good to offer at least a few words in Spanish. Here are a few key words and phrases to learn before making a phone call in Spain:
Dígame / Diga: Hello. [Literally, “tell me”]
¿Está Juan?: Is Juan there?
Sí, soy yo.: Yes, speaking.
No, no está. No, he’s not here.
Soy Carmen.: It’s Carmen. Continue reading →
ASAP (as soon as possible) – lo antes posible
by return of post – a vuelta de correo
c (circa) – alrededor de
certified true copy – copia certificada
c/o (care of) – para entragar a
cont’d overleaf – sigue al dorso Continue reading →
When you do not know the person to whom you are writing:
Muy Señor Mío / Muy Señora Mía
A little less formal:
Estimado Señor [male] / Estimada Señora [female] – (Dear Sir / Madam)
If you do know their name, the following is appropriate:
Estimado Señor García [male] / Estimada Señora López [female] – (Dear Mr García / Dear Mrs López)
If you have met them and have established a good relationship with them, use their first name:
Estimado Juan [male] / Estimada María [female] Continue reading →