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One of the first things you discover when you start learning Spanish is that there are two words for the verb ‘to be’: ser and estar. So in Spanish—to paraphrase Shakespeare—the question is: ‘to be or to be’? In this article we briefly explain when you use one and when you use the other.
Spanish is an official language in no less than 21 countries, most of which are located in Central and South America. It is not surprising that Spanish sounds a little different on the American continent than it does in Spain, just like English differs from continent to continent; after all, the English spoken by Londoners is very different to the English spoken by Texans. How big are the differences in Spanish? Do you have to learn other things when you need Spanish for Spain than for Latin America?
Despite the close relationship between Spanish and Portuguese, there are important differences. What are significant differences between Portuguese and Spanish?
The macho company culture in Spanish-speaking countries is often a topic of discussion during the lessons in the Spanish Section.Machismo is deeply embedded in the culture of Spanish and Latin American countries and anyone doing business in these countries would do well to remember this.
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.