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How to Be Successful at That Spanish Job

written by: Audrey Alleyne • edited by: Rebecca Scudder • updated: 8/2/2012

In your Spanish speaking job, you need a basic source of vocabulary for the workplace. You need to interact with clients or customers intelligently and understand their needs.

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    Where Is...?

    You need to be able to send or take customers to the right place if they are unfamiliar with the location. They will probably need to know, for example:

    Where is (the)…? - ¿Dondé está…?

    building - el edificio

    department - el departamento

    facility - la instalación

    property - la propiedad

    warehouse - el almacén

    You can be specific and say:

    They’re in the ….room - Están en el cuarto de…

    conference - conferencias

    copying - copias

    mail - correo

    storage - depósito

    training - entrenamiento

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    Directions to Departments

    You may want to direct your customer or client to a certain department. You can say:

    Go to the department - Vaya al departamento de….

    administration - administración

    billing - contabilidad

    customer service - servicio para clients

    human resources - recursos humanos

    personnel - personal

    sales - ventas

    Some more departments:

    advertising - la publicidad

    credit - el crédito

    maintenance - el mantenimiento

    marketing - el mercadeo

    operations - las operaciones

    shipping - el transporte

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    General directions

    You will also need to give directions, for example:

    It is next to (the)…. - Esta la lado de….

    elevator - el ascensor

    entrance - la entrada

    escalator - la escalera mecánica

    exit - la salida

    hallway - el corredor

    lobby - el vestíbulo

    reception desk - la recepción

    restroom - el baño

    Or you may want to say:

    It is near the… - Está cerca de

    cash register - la registradora

    double doors… - las puertas dobles

    front desk - la mesa de recepción

    vending machine - la máquina vendedora

    water fountain - la fuente de agua

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    Useful Command Forms

    Your Spanish-speaking job can extend over a wide variety of positions. Eventually you will learn the specific vocabulary in relation to your job. It is important, however, to learn certain action words, since in most work settings, commands and instructions are very prominent in job activities. Following are the command forms of some verbs, which it would be wise for you to commit to memory:

    Carry - Lleve

    Empty - Vacié

    Move - Mueva

    Pick up - Recoja

    Plug in - Enchufe

    Pull - Jale

    Push - Empuje

    Put away - Guarde

    Throw away - Tire

    Turn - Voltee

    Turn on - Prenda

    Turn off - Apague

    Unplug - Desenchufe

    Become more familiar with the company’s organization and products and continue to learn more Spanish. You will be well on your way to progressing in your position and to securing more jobs in Spanish as you become more fluent in the language.