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Business Mexican Spanish for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 18 - Making Spanish Suggestions
INTRODUCTION
James: Hi everyone, and welcome back to SpanishPod101.com. This is Business Mexican Spanish for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 18 - Making Spanish Suggestions. James Here.
Laura: Hola. I'm Laura.
James: In this lesson, you’ll learn about giving suggestions. The conversation takes place at the office.
Laura: It's between Fernando Rojas and Alma Cordero.
James: The speakers are co-workers, and they will speak informal Spanish. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Fernando Rojas: Buenos días Alma. ¿Sabes de algún hotel donde me puedo hospedar? Estoy trabajando contra reloj y no he tenido tiempo de buscar.
Alma Cordero: Bueno, el hotel Urban es muy recomendable. Es ecológico y en contra del uso de materiales que dañen al medio ambiente.
Fernando Rojas: A propósito, se supone que hay restaurantes muy buenos en la zona. ¿Sabes de alguno que sirva comida sin conservadores?
Alma Cordero: En contra de la creencia popular, te sugiero hacer una reservación en este restaurante, es delicioso. La comida me dejo sin palabras.
Fernando Rojas: Genial. Sin duda lo disfrutaré.
James: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Fernando Rojas: Buenos días Alma. ¿Sabes de algún hotel donde me puedo hospedar? Estoy trabajando contra reloj y no he tenido tiempo de buscar.
Alma Cordero: Bueno, el hotel Urban es muy recomendable. Es ecológico y en contra del uso de materiales que dañen al medio ambiente.
Fernando Rojas: A propósito, se supone que hay restaurantes muy buenos en la zona. ¿Sabes de alguno que sirva comida sin conservadores?
Alma Cordero: En contra de la creencia popular, te sugiero hacer una reservación en este restaurante, es delicioso. La comida me dejo sin palabras.
Fernando Rojas: Genial. Sin duda lo disfrutaré.
James: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Fernando Rojas: Buenos días Alma. ¿Sabes de algún hotel donde me puedo hospedar? Estoy trabajando contra reloj y no he tenido tiempo de buscar.
Fernando Rojas: Good morning Alma. Do you know of a hotel where I can stay? I´ve been working against the clock and have not had time to search.
Alma Cordero: Bueno, el hotel Urban es muy recomendable. Es ecológico y en contra del uso de materiales que dañen al medio ambiente.
Alma Cordero: Well, Urban hotel is highly recommendable. It is ecological and against the usage of materials that harm the environment.
Fernando Rojas: A propósito, se supone que hay restaurantes muy buenos en la zona. ¿Sabes de alguno que sirva comida sin conservadores?
Fernando Rojas: By the way, supposedly there are very good restaurants in the area. Do you know of any that serve food without preservatives?
Alma Cordero: En contra de la creencia popular, te sugiero hacer una reservación en este restaurante, es delicioso. La comida me dejo sin palabras.
Alma Cordero: Contrary to popular belief, I suggest making a reservation in this restaurant, it's delicious. The food left me speechless.
Fernando Rojas: Genial. Sin duda lo disfrutaré.
Fernando Rojas: Great. Undoubtedly I will enjoy it.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
James: It’s always good to get recommendations from other people, isn’t it?
Laura: It can save you some time and it means that you know you’re going somewhere good.
James: Yeah, that can be very helpful if it’s an area that you don’t know very well.
Laura: Always ask the locals!
James: Yes! Another thing that is often recommended is staffing companies.
Laura: If you know that a company is a good place to work, you’re more likely to apply there.
James: What is the job application process like in Mexico?
Laura: There can be several stages to it.
James: What kind of stages?
Laura: A meeting with human resources, psychometric testing, and an interview with your future boss.
James: That sounds like it make take a long time.
Laura: It can, it depends on the size of the company and the number of candidates.
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: contra [natural native speed]
James: "against"
Laura: contra [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: contra [natural native speed]
James: Next we have...
Laura: recomendable [natural native speed]
James: "recommendable"
Laura: recomendable [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: recomendable [natural native speed]
James: Next we have...
Laura: en contra [natural native speed]
James: "against"
Laura: en contra [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: en contra [natural native speed]
James: Next we have...
Laura: a propósito [natural native speed]
James: "by the way"
Laura: a propósito [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: a propósito [natural native speed]
James: Next we have...
Laura: suponer [natural native speed]
James: "to suppose, to assume, to entail"
Laura: suponer [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: suponer [natural native speed]
James: Next we have...
Laura: sin conservadores [natural native speed]
James: "without preservatives"
Laura: sin conservadores [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: sin conservadores [natural native speed]
James: Next we have...
Laura: creencia [natural native speed]
James: "belief"
Laura: creencia [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: creencia [natural native speed]
James: Next we have...
Laura: sugerir [natural native speed]
James: "suggest"
Laura: sugerir [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: sugerir [natural native speed]
James: Next we have...
Laura: sin palabras [natural native speed]
James: "speechless"
Laura: sin palabras [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: sin palabras [natural native speed]
James: And last...
Laura: sin [natural native speed]
James: "without"
Laura: sin [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: sin [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 phrase is...
Laura: trabajar contra reloj
James: meaning "to work against the clock."
James: Let’s break down this phrase.
Laura: The first word is trabajar, it means "to work." Next is contra.
James: This means "against." The final word is "clock."
Laura: That is reloj.
James: You use this phrase to say that something is being done in a hurried manner to meet a tight deadline.
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... Trabajamos contra reloj toda la noche.
James: … which means "We worked against the clock all night. "
James: Okay, what's the next phrase?
Laura: es muy recomendable
James: meaning "is highly recommendable."
James: Can you break this phrase down for us, Laura?
Laura: First is es, this means "is." Next is muy, which means "highly." The last word is recomendable.
James: It means "recommendable." Altogether the phrase means "is highly recommendable."
Laura: es muy recomendable.
James: You can use this phrase when something is especially worthy of being recommended to someone else.
Laura: You can use this in formal and informal settings.
James: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Laura: Sure. For example, you can say... Es muy recomendable hacer ejercicio.
James: ... which means "It’s highly recommendable to do exercise."
James: Okay, what's the next phrase?
Laura: sin duda lo disfrutaré
James: meaning "I will undoubtedly enjoy it."
James: This is our last phrase.
Laura: The first word sin, means "undoubtedly." The next word is duda.
James: It means "doubt." The final part means "will enjoy it."
Laura: That is lo disfrutaré.
James: You can use this to describe things that will definitely be liked.
Laura: This is an informal expression.
James: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Laura: Sure. For example, you can say... Sin duda disfrutaré de mis vacaciones.
James: ... which means "I will undoubtedly enjoy my vacations. "
James: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

James: In this lesson, you'll learn about giving suggestions.
James: But first, let’s review some prepositions that will help you accomplish this! What are the prepositions this time around, Laura?
Laura: They are contra and sin. We’ll start with contra.
James: It has a similar meaning in English to "against", "toward", "counter to", "versus", and "anti." There are several ways to use it. They include expressing opposition to something.
Laura: For example, Estoy en contra del maltrato animal.
James: "I am against animal abuse." Another use is to indicate being in front of something.
Laura: Estoy parada contra la gasolinera.
James: "I am standing in front of the gas station." It can also be used to express movement.
Laura: Iba corriendo contra el viento
James: "She was running against the wind." Can you remind us of the second preposition and what it can mean in English?
Laura: Sin. It can mean "without", "free of", "counter to", "versus" and "anti."
James: It can be used to indicate a lack of something.
Laura: Se quedó sin agua.
James: "She was left without water." It can also be used to show amount.
Laura: Llevó cien pesos en billetes, sin las monedas.
James: "I have a hundred pesos in bills, without the coins." Now, let’s move onto some sentence patterns that will help when giving suggestions at work. If you want to directly recommend something, you can say:
Laura: Te recomiendo... llegar temprano.
James: "I recommend... you arrive early." If you want to make a suggestion, say
Laura: Sugiero que... hables directamente con el experto.
James: "I suggest you... speak directly with the expert." If you would like to express your opinion, representing a group of people, you can use this expression
Laura: Creemos que... es mejor que tomes vacaciones.
James: "We think... it’s better that you take a vacation." If your suggestion is backed up by general knowledge or is something obvious, you can say:
Laura: Se supone que... es mejor que nos apresuremos.
James: "Supposedly... it is better if we hurry." If your suggestion is based on your personal opinion, say:
Laura: En mi opinión... es muy buena idea.
James: "In my opinion... it is a very good idea:"

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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