How to Learn Spanish in the Workplace

What do you do when you need to learn Spanish on the job?

Perhaps you have a job where you have a lot of Spanish clients or maybe you manage employees who speak Spanish. Learning a second language could give a professional edge, make your job more enjoyable, or make your work a little easier. Here is how you can cut to the chase and start learning the Spanish you need for the workplace.

Learning Spanish on the Job Can be Easy

If you have no intention of using Spanish outside of your work, then you could potentially learn what you need to know in a very short period of time. Because you are already in an environment where Spanish is used often, practicing the language won’t be an issue.

You already have a Spanish immersion bubble, all you have to do is fill it with some words. You’re not going to learn the bulk of the Spanish language, you only need to be comfortable with a small piece of it.

Only Learn What You Have to

Make a Spanish Vocabulary List

In English make a list of sentences and words that you use a lot during a typical day of work. Those are the words you need to learn. You don’t even necessarily need to learn the grammar or sentence structure (though it certainly wouldn’t hurt). You can just memorize the vocabulary for your job. You don’t need to know why what you’re saying means what it means, you just need to know what it means!

Practice, Practice, Practice!

Start practicing your word list at work. It could be a little difficult in the beginning, language learning almost always is. Remember that because you’re in an environment where you can practice everyday you should be able to make some fairly quick progress. You might want to break down your list of words by week or day, and practice only a few phrases or words at a time, or you could try them all at once, whatever is best for you.

As you use your Spanish more and more your list will grow as you will probably think of some words you use but forgot to write down. You will also probably find that you will pick up some extra words and phrases that weren’t on your list.

Find the Right Resources

Find the Right Spanish Learning Resources

Because you’re only learning a small part of the Spanish language investing time and/or money in an extensive curriculum or immersion course probably wouldn’t make much sense. But a private teacher could definitely help smooth out the process.

Taking a lesson here and there and asking your teacher how to say specific phrases could help ease of the initial difficulty of the learning process. A private teacher could also help you with context and possible regional differences in the Spanish language. 

Again you don’t have to have a teacher. If one of your co-workers is bilingual ask them for help. Perhaps you have a friend or relative that could give you some tips, or find a language exchange partner and ask them for a language exchange. These are all just some ideas for learning Spanish specifically for the workplace.

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