Spanish Business

How to write a polite email or letter in perfect Spanish

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

11 Spanish expressions to learn before your business trip to Spain

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

Making an appointment (in Spanish) – Pedir una cita

Shaking hands scaledSo 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

5 reasons why companies should invest in their employees’ language skills

Think Global scaled1. Expand your client base

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

Due to increased demand for company language tuition we need more tutors!

Spanish business“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

Spanish Market Development

Press, Communication and Marketing

“In 2013, corporations must invest more wisely and strategically in the Hispanic consumer – who are not only early adopters of social media and mobile device use, but are now translating their superstar status into super-consumers via social and tablet shopping. In doing so, Hispanic consumers have become super-trendsetters.” – Glenn Llopis, who wrote the Forbes magazine article, “Advertisers must pay attention to Hispanic consumers as rising trendsetters”, (9th January 2013).

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

Making a phone call in Spain

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

Writing a business letter in Spanish


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