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Business Spanish for beginners
Have you ever looked into Spanish courses for beginners? Apparently, if you want to learn the language, you can’t get around learning the names of fruits and vegetables, colours and all kinds of sports. But what if you mainly need the language to speak with Spanish-speaking suppliers or customers? Then it’s a bit handier to be able to present your product and write a decent email than to be able to name every fruit and vegetable in the produce section of the supermarket.
Take a journey by reading a book
When you were in school, you probably frequently heard that reading books was good for your language development. No matter how much education has changed, schools still really promote reading, so an idea that has survived all these years must have some merit to it, you might say. In fact, reading books helps you develop your language skills even when you learn a foreign language as an adult.
Learn Spanish for your holidays
Will you soon be going on holiday to a Spanish-speaking land? Part of the holiday fun is getting your Spanish up to par so you can communicate with the locals! You have got to admit that when you hear someone speaking Spanish, visions of sunny, welcoming destinations start springing to mind, don’t they?
Writing an email in Spanish: A how-to
How frequently do you need to write emails in Spanish? If that is not something you do regularly, here are a few helpful tips and standard phrases to give you a quick boost.
The difference between ser and estar
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.
The Spanish of Latin America
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?