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Business Mexican Spanish for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 16 - Passing on a Spanish Phone Message
INTRODUCTION
James: Hi everyone, and welcome back to SpanishPod101.com. This is Business Mexican Spanish for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 16 - Passing on a Spanish Phone Message. James Here.
Laura: Hola. I'm Laura.
James: In this lesson, you’ll learn about passing on a phone message. The conversation takes place at the office.
Laura: It's between Alejandra Soto and her receptionist.
James: The speakers are boss and an employee, and they will speak both formal and informal Spanish. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Recepcionista: Señorita Soto, el día de hoy recibió un mensaje urgente del Sr. Méndez. Acaba de llegar de Alemania.
Alejandra Soto: De acuerdo, ahora mismo le regreso la llamada. ¿Mencionó algo más?
Recepcionista: Sí, le dejó un recado, dijo que se dirige hacia la embajada y de ahí se irá directo a las oficinas centrales.
Alejandra Soto: Seguro sonaba estresado. ¿Alguien más llamó?
Recepcionista: Su hija marcó. Dice que ya viene hacia la oficina.
James: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Recepcionista: Señorita Soto, el día de hoy recibió un mensaje urgente del Sr. Méndez. Acaba de llegar de Alemania.
Alejandra Soto: De acuerdo, ahora mismo le regreso la llamada. ¿Mencionó algo más?
Recepcionista: Sí, le dejó un recado, dijo que se dirige hacia la embajada y de ahí se irá directo a las oficinas centrales.
Alejandra Soto: Seguro sonaba estresado. ¿Alguien más llamó?
Recepcionista: Su hija marcó. Dice que ya viene hacia la oficina.
James: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Recepcionista: Señorita Soto, el día de hoy recibió un mensaje urgente del Sr. Méndez. Acaba de llegar de Alemania.
Receptionist: Ms. Soto, today you have received an urgent message from Mr. Mendez. He just arrived from Germany.
Alejandra Soto: De acuerdo, ahora mismo le regreso la llamada. ¿Mencionó algo más?
Alejandra Soto: Alright, I will return his call. Did he mention anything else?
Recepcionista: Sí, le dejó un recado, dijo que se dirige hacia la embajada y de ahí se irá directo a las oficinas centrales.
Receptionist: Yes, he left you a message, he said he was going toward the embassy and from there he will go directly to the main offices.
Alejandra Soto: Seguro sonaba estresado. ¿Alguien más llamó?
Alejandra Soto: I am sure he sounded stressed. Did anybody else call?
Recepcionista: Su hija marcó. Dice que ya viene hacia la oficina.
Receptionist: Your daughter called. She says she is on her way to the office.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
James: There were a couple of phone messages passed on there.
Laura: Yes, from Mr. Mendez and also Alejandra’s daughter.
James: They were both traveling to places, and that leads me to ask: what is the traffic like in Mexico?
Laura: It can be very unpredictable and constant.
James: So are delays common?
Laura: They are, especially in Mexico City.
James: I suppose it’s no surprise if people are late, in that case.
Laura: Even though it’s not a surprise, it’s still expected that you would call and let others know if you’re going to be late.
James: Yes, that’s always a good idea! Apologize, explain what is happening and give an approximate time of arrival.
Laura: People are understanding and accepting of delays, as long as they know about them.
James: And give them notice if you’re going to be late! It’s no good if you call a couple of minutes before they’re expecting you.
Laura: Give them at least 20 minutes notice.
James: Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
James: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
Laura: de [natural native speed]
James: "from, of"
Laura: de [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: de [natural native speed]
James: Next we have...
Laura: dejar [natural native speed]
James: "to let, to leave"
Laura: dejar [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: dejar [natural native speed]
James: Next we have...
Laura: recado [natural native speed]
James: "message"
Laura: recado [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: recado [natural native speed]
James: Next we have...
Laura: regresar [natural native speed]
James: "to return, to come back (home)"
Laura: regresar [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: regresar [natural native speed]
James: Next we have...
Laura: enseguida [natural native speed]
James: "immediately"
Laura: enseguida [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: enseguida [natural native speed]
James: Next we have...
Laura: llamar [natural native speed]
James: "to call"
Laura: llamar [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: llamar [natural native speed]
James: Next we have...
Laura: marcar [natural native speed]
James: "to dial"
Laura: marcar [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: marcar [natural native speed]
James: Next we have...
Laura: hacia [natural native speed]
James: "toward"
Laura: hacia[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: hacia [natural native speed]
James: Next we have...
Laura: mencionar [natural native speed]
James: "to mention"
Laura: mencionar [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: mencionar [natural native speed]
James: And last...
Laura: sonar [natural native speed]
James: "to sound"
Laura: sonar [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: sonar [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
James: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first expression is...
Laura: regresar la llamada
James: meaning "to return the call."
James: Let’s break down this phrase.
Laura: First is regresar, it means "to return." Next is la, which means "the." Last is llamada.
James: That means "call." So altogether it means "to return the call."
Laura: Yes, regresar la llamada.
James: Using this is pretty straightforward as you use it to talk about returning a phone call.
Laura: You can use it in both formal and informal situations.
James: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Laura: Sure. For example, you can say... Dame el número para regresar la llamada.
James: … which means "Give me the number to return the call. "
James: Okay, what's the next phrase?
Laura: dejar un recado
James: meaning "to leave a message"
James: Here’s another phone-related phrase.
Laura: First is dejar, it means "to leave." Next is un, which means "a." Finally is recado.
James: This is "message."
Laura: dejar un recado
James: "to leave a message." You use this to talk about leaving a message for someone following a phone call.
Laura: You can use it in both formal and informal settings.
James: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Laura: Sure. For example, you can say... Deja un recado y un asesor te llamará enseguida.
James: ... which means "Leave a message and a counselor will call you right back. "
James: Okay, what's the next expression?
Laura: seguro sonaba
James: meaning "to surely sound"
James: This is a two word phrase.
Laura: The first word is seguro, which means "surely." Last is sonaba.
James: This means "sounded."
Laura: You can use this to explain how someone sounded when they spoke.
James: When can this be used?
Laura: In both formal and informal settings.
James: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Laura: Sure. For example, you can say... La orquesta seguro sonaba muy profesional.
James: ... which means "The orchestra surely sounded very professional. "
James: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

James: In this lesson, you'll learn about passing on a phone message.
James: We’ll begin in the same way we have in the last couple of lessons; by reviewing some useful prepositions. Laura, what prepositions are we reviewing this time?
Laura: de and hacia. First will be de.
James: This has a similar meaning to the English "to" and "at." It can be used in several ways, for example to show possession.
Laura: El libro de Martín.
James: "Martin’s book." We can also use it to express membership. By that, we mean the qualities, nature, and condition of someone or something. For example:
Laura: Es un día de sol
James: "It’s a sunny day." We can also use this preposition to talk about the material of something.
Laura: La falda de algodón
James: "The cotton skirt." Laura, can you remind us of the second preposition for this lesson?
Laura: It’s hacia. It can mean "toward", "for", "into", "unto", and "at."
James: It can be used to show a sense of movement, tendency, or attitude.
Laura: Corrió hacia la meta.
James: "She ran toward the finish line." It can also be used to express distance.
Laura: Hacia las nueve de la mañana
James: "Around nine in the morning." Now let’s look at some sentence patterns that will come in handy when passing on a phone message.
Laura: Mencionó que _
James: "He or She mentioned that _." For example,
Laura: Mencionó que el pedido está listo.
James: "He mentioned that the request is ready."
Laura: Dijo que marcará _
James: "He or She said that he or she would call_." For example,
Laura: Dijo que marcará después del almuerzo.
James: "She said she will call after lunch."
Laura: Regresará la llamada _ en unas horas.
James: "He will return the call _ in a few hours."
Laura: Volverá a marcar _ para agendar una nueva cita.
James: "She will call again _to schedule a new appointment."
Laura: Me pidió que _ le diera su correo.
James: "She asked me to _ give you her email."

Outro

James: Okay, that’s all for this lesson. Thank you for listening, everyone, and we’ll see you next time! Bye!
Laura: Hasta la próxima.

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