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The ways of doing business in Spanish speaking countries differ from those of other cultures. What are key factors when doing business with people from Spain or Latin-America?
When someone says in Dutch ‘het fiets’ (the bicycle) or ‘de vliegtuig’ (the aeroplane), it can come across as irritating because it should be ‘de fiets’ and ‘het vliegtuig’. When you’re learning a foreign language, it is important to avoid making mistakes in the use of the definite articles.
In our Spanish lessons for beginners, we often hear our course members using the word 'finito'.
Being able to negotiate successfully in a language that is not your mother tongue demands a great deal of your linguistic skills. If you want your arguments to be convincing, you have to speak the language very well indeed. Into the bargain, a condition of success in negotiating requires knowledge of the customs and culture of your future business partners so that you can communicate with them appropriately. Bluewater Energy Services BV has obviously got it right.
Spanish surnames are often impressively long. That is because a child is given the surnames of both parents at birth. The first surname is that of the father, the second of the mother. In principle, then, children never have exactly the same surnames as their parents.
If Spanish surnames seem complicated, the exact opposite is true for the Spanish vocabulary for members of the family.