Business Spanish

Teaching Businesses Spanish since 1995


Our goal is to bridge the gap of communication between co-workers and increase productivity and efficiency in your business



Workplace Spanish for Your Organization When you are in a business situation, you generally shake hands when greeting someone unless they are a long-term acquaintance or relative. In some situations it is not uncommon for people that are familiar with each other to hug or kiss on the cheek. People in the U.S. do not customarily do more than shake hands, especially when business is involved. So, don't be surprised if you notice such affection expressed amongst Spanish speaking people. In most international business situations this will not be an issue or even occur. They know that it is not customary to do more than give a handshake.

What happens when you are in a more formal setting, where you would normally shake hands, but a woman you are going to greet is carrying things in her arms? What should you do? This happens frequently and because of it, an interesting cultural norm has been created - "forearm handshakes." Forearm handshakes are common in Latin America. The woman may even put out her forearm and you might instinctively realize that you are to actually shake her forearm when that happens. Gently grab the forearm and move it up and down a few times. CAUTION: Don't give a "fuerte" forearm shake or make jerky movements. You do not want to cause the person to drop everything they are carrying!

What will I learn with Visual Link Spanish

Just like our Mission Statement declares:

The U.S. Institute of Languages® exists to help the world bridge communication gaps by helping others accomplish their goals of learning a new language while striving to give back to the world in which we live.

We want to bridge communication gaps. Communication doesn't always refer to what comes out of our mouths. Visual Link teaches individuals skills in Spanish communication. Just like the paragraphs above state, in the U.S.A we do things a certain way but in Latin American countries they might have a different and unique way of doing things - neither way is incorrect - both are perfectly normal and used on a daily basis in their respected countries. The U.S. Institute of Languages™ (Visual Link Spanish) has set out to not only teach people the art of "speaking Spanish" but how to truly communicate in Spanish.

In the business world correct communication is required and needed daily. When conducting a business interview of a potential employee or asking an individual to ship out a order on October 12th at 2:00 pm communication in the business world holds paramount importance. Visual Link knows and understands this concept perfectly. That is why the course Visual Link Spanish was created. It was created to teach business professionals "business Spanish" and teach them not only to speak and understand the Spanish language but to truly communicate the message they would like to come across.

Teaching corporations and businesses for over 12 years using the Visual Link Spanish system of learning has brought us unmatched success in creating the perfect course for the business man or woman. Business Spanish is tailor made for businesses big and small. Small local companies with no more then 3 employees have used our program as well as major corporations, such as Nationwide® Insurance, with thousands of employees have used our proven method for learning Spanish. Businesses, for over a decade, have loved what Visual Link Spanish has provided their companies. Visual Link teaches employees Spanish at an unsurpassed rate of speed. Visual Link doesn't bog you down with teaching you a bunch of meaningless vocabulary words or grammar rules. All those boring and hard concepts are taught in an fun and easy to follow format. We pride ourselves on truly teaching your employees to "speak" Spanish and communicate. In fact, by the end of the first lesson you'll be able to speak hundreds of meaningful sentences - not to mention be able to remember them on the spur of the moment.

Visual Link Spanish has the proven method to teach your employees conversational Spanish with their complete Visual Link Spanish learning system as well as the capablity to tailor make supplemental modules with industry specific words and phrases that allows your employees to learn Spanish specific to your industry while they're learning to truly communicate in Spanish.


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Sample Business Vocabulary

advance - anticipo
base salary - salario básico
bonus - bonificación, alguinaldo
to buy - comprar
to sell - vender
to compensate - compensar
contributions - contribuciones
days off /días libres, franco
extended leave of absence - excedencia
extra pay - paga extra
hourly - por hora
increase - aumento
minimum salary - salario mínimo
monetary - económico
overtime - horas extras
pay - paga, retribución
payroll - nómina
product - producto
to receive a salary - cobrar un salario
service - servicio
supplemental - complemento
wage - sueldo
withholdings - retenciones
to make a living - ganarse la vida


Sample Business Phrases

When conducting business in Spanish, it is best to use usted instead of tu (the formal tense instead of the informal) unless you are well acquainted with the person.

As you use Visual Link Spanish you'll be able to create sentences like the one's below. The magic is: the Visual Link system of learning! After a few short lessons sentences and phrases like the one's below will become second nature.

How much does it cost? - ¿Cuánto cuesta?
How much do you want (for it)? - ¿Cuánto quiere (por ello)?
How many are there? - ¿Cuántos hay?
There are... - Hay ...(then state the number)
Will you buy this? - ¿Quiere comprarlo usted?
What do you sell? - ¿Que vende usted?

Business Spanish Tip: Most business people, including taxi drivers, are open to negotiate the price of their products or services. In any negotiations it is wise to watch for their body language and tone of voice. To avoid any conflict or insult be as polite as possible when conducting business with someone for the first time.


Here's an example of a conversation you'll learn for getting a room at a hotel:

Gerardo: I need a room for the night.
Gerardo: Yo necesito un cuarto para ésta noche.

Receptionist Juanita: Do you have reservations?
La recepcionista Juanita: ¿Tiene usted reservaciones?

Gerardo: Yes, they should be under the name of Gerardo Lopez.
Gerardo: Sí, deben estar bajo el nombre de Gerardo López.

Receptionist Juanita: Is there only you?
La recepcionista Juanita: ¿Es solamente usted?

Gerardo: Yes.
Gerardo: Sí.

Receptionist Juanita: The total comes to $85.
La recepcionista Juanita: El total llega a $85.

Gerardo: Do you accept checks?
Gerardo: ¿Ustedes aceptan cheques?

Receptionist Juanita: No I'm sorry, we only accept credit cards. Do you have a credit card?
La recepcionista Juanita: No lo siento, sólo aceptamos tarjetas de crédito. ¿Tiene una?

Gerardo: Yes, no problem.
Gerardo: Sí, no hay problema.


Sample Phrases for Getting a Room

Which is a good (inexpensive) hotel? - ¿Cuál es un buen hotel (barato)?
Can you recommend a hotel? - ¿Me puede recomendar un hotel?
The best hotel. - El mejor hotel.
Not too expensive. - No muy caro.
Is it near the center of the city? - ¿Está cerca del centro?
What is the address? - ¿Cuál es la dirección?
Could you write down the address? - ¿Me puede escribir la dirección?
Could you book me a room there? - ¿Me puede reservar una habitación allí?
How do I get there? - ¿Cómo puedo llegar allí?
Do you have any vacancies? - ¿Tiene habitaciones disponibles?
I'd like to book a room. - Quiero reservar una habitación.
I have reservations for… (a room). - Tengo reservada… (un cuarto.)
For two nights (days). - Para dos días.
For tonight. - Para esta noche.
How much is it per night? - ¿Cuánto cuesta por noche?
I want a room with (without) meals. - Quiero un cuarto con (sin) comidas.
I want a double (single) room. - Quiero un cuarto doble (para uno).
What is my room number? - ¿Cuál es el número de mi cuarto?
Is there another hotel nearby? - ¿Hay algún otro hotel por aquí?
I would like to stay an extra night. - Quisiera quedarme una noche más.
Please send (the luggage) to my room. - Por favor, mándeme (el equipaje) a mi cuarto.
Are there any messages for me? - ¿Tiene algún mensaje para mí?
I would like to speak to the manager. - Quiero hablar con el gerente.
I have locked myself out of my room. - Me olvidé la llave en el cuarto.
Please, wake me up at 7 o'clock. - Por favor, despiérteme a las siete.
The toilet won't flush. - La cadena del inodoro no funciona.
I need some ice. - Necesito un poco de hielo. [Beware, ice isn't always made with drinking water.]
When do I have to check out? - ¿A qué hora hay que desalojar?
I would like to pay the bill. - Quiero pagar la cuenta.
Please call me a taxi. - Por favor, llámeme un taxi.

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