When you manage to negotiate in Spanish, is when you really have a good level of Spanish or any other language. Maybe you have to do a negotiation in Spanish for your work or even negotiate some personal matter.

Before starting the negotiation in Spanish there are two points to keep in mind:

- Know what you want. You must be very clear about what you want and be sure of your ideas and arguments.

- Know what our interlocutor wants. Get to know your interlocutor and his wishes well. In this way you can anticipate their arguments to be able to defend against them.

Part one: Presentation of arguments

 

The presentation of arguments must be logically ordered. Be confident with your ideas to show confidence to the interlocutor.

It is necessary to communicate a simple and clear message, to avoid getting lost in the conversation. The most important thing in the negotiation is the climate of trust, because it is the essential condition for a successful negotiation. This context will favour the solution and decision making.

To start, you must present the negotiation topic. You can use these openers:

El tema trata de… The subject is..
El tema que tenemos que tratar es… The issue in question is …
La cuestión que tenemos que tratar es… The topic we have to address is …

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To present your opinion in Spanish:

Yo pienso… I think…
Yo creo que… I believe that…
Para mí… For me…
En mi opinión… In my opinion
A mi juicio… In my judgement
Desde mi punto de vista… From my point of view …
Personalmente… Personally…
A mí me parece que… It seems to me that…

Add more points:

Además… Furthermore..
Por otro lado… On the other hand…
Por otra parte… On the other hand…
Incluso… Including / even

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Learn about Easter in Spain and Spanish vocabulary.

How is Easter celebrated in Spain?

In Spain, Easter (Semana Santa) is a religious celebration when the brotherhoods (cofradías)  organize processions (procesiones) in which the Nazarenes (nazarenos) or penitents (penitentes) take statues to the street.

Here is some vocabulary for Easter in Spain:

Spanish Easter Procession in Denia

Semana Santa: Holy Week.
Procesiones: religious processions during Holy Week.
Pasos: sacred images which are carried during a procession of Holy Week.
Nazarenos o penitentes: accompanies the ´pasos´ in the processions of Holy Week.

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Some of the most noteworthy cities in Spain for their Easter celebrations are Seville, Malaga, Cuenca, Valladolid, Zamora, Leon, Salamanca, Cartagena, Hellín and many more throughout the Spanish geography that are declared Fiestas of International Tourist Interest .

In the province of Alicante these include Easter in Orihuela, Easter in Crevillente and Palm Sunday Procession in Elche. Continúe leyendo


One of the topics we talk about in our Spanish courses is environmentalism and the importance of ensuring a sustainable future.

Here we show your ideas to discuss in Spanish on this topic.

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Vocabulary in Spanish on environmentalism

 

Learn these words related to environmentalism. We divide them into positive concepts and negative concepts.

POSITIVE 

 

- Reciclaje: Recycling
- Contenedor: Container
- Ahorro: Savings
- Cuidado: Care
- Protección: Protection
- Conservación: Conservation
- Papel reciclado: Recycled paper
- Recogida selectiva: Selective collection
- ONG: NGO

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NegativE

- Sequía Drought
- Basura: Rubbish
- Contaminación: Contamination or Pollution
- Pilas: Batteries
- Consumo: Consumption
- Industria: Industry
- Gases contaminantes: Polluting gases
- Incendio: Fire
- Daño: Damage
- Inundaciones: Floods
- Vertidos: Waste
- Latas: Cans

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PositivE oR negativE (dependS ON THE PERSON)

- Envases de plástico: Plastic bottles
- Transporte: Transport
- Energía eléctrica: Electric Power

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What are Fallas?

Las Fallas is a festival held between 15th to 19th March in various locations including Valencia and Denia, although falleros events begin on the last Sunday of February.

We also talk about “Falla” when we refer to “fallero monument” which is a figure several meters high made of high papier-mache, polyurethane or expanded polystyrene. Each Falla has an important significance. This is explained on signs in Valenciano.

What is a mascletá?

It is a pyrotechnic show which is a noisy but rhythmic composition which is included in the celebrations of thousands of locations, especially at Fallas parties. Some mascletàs are musical because they imitate songs and explosions often go from strength to strength, achieving a spectacular finish.

Where did the tradition of mascletàs and firecrackers come from?

It is said that gunpowder was invented in China when the Taoists tried to create a potion for immortality. Then the Arabs brought it when they occupied the Iberian Peninsula in the early thirteenth century. In the late eighteenth century “els mascles” (males, in Castilian) firecrackers were thrown at the feet. The person who could handle the most firecrackers was the “most macho”

Then, began the tradition of tying these firecrackers with ropes and this evolved to the current “mascletà”. Do not miss the mascletàs during these Fallas in Dénia!

Fallas Vocabulary

Check out our presentation with vocabulary and highlights of the Fallas in Denia:

 

Do no forget to DOWNLOAD HERE the Programme of Fallas in 2018

Happy Fallas to everyone!


When a teenager decides to go abroad and study a Spanish course, life changes them completely.

This is what happens to young people who follow a Spanish program for juniors in Denia, Spain. Every summer, they come to Denia and attend a Spanish course program with family accommodation, activities outside of class and excursions. This experience is a before and after in their lives!

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How a teenager´s life changes after a Spanish program in Spain


Teens acquire maturity. 
For most of these young people, it is the first time they have lived outside the home. This makes them take on more responsibilities. The situation forces them to be more independent and, therefore, they acquire great maturity.

Teens open their mind. In this program they coexist with Spaniards so they are immersed in a different culture from their own. In addition, during classes and activities, they meet people from all over the world so they open their minds to new ways of seeing life.

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