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INTRODUCTION
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to SpanishPod101.com. This is Business Mexican Spanish for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 2 - Introducing Someone Else in a Business Setting in Mexico. John Here.
Laura: Hola. I'm Laura.
John: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to introduce someone in a business setting. The conversation takes place in the meeting room.
Laura: It's between Alan Brown, Fernando Rojas, and Alejandra Soto.
John: The speakers are employees from different branches, therefore, they will speak formal Spanish. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Alejandra Soto: Ingeniero Rojas, quiero presentarle a Alan Brown. Es uno de los gerentes de la división de Los Ángeles.
Fernando Rojas: Gusto en conocerlo en persona.
Alan Brown: El gusto es mio.
Alejandra Soto: El Ingeniero Rojas es el coordinador del Centro de Investigación con sede en México.
Alan Brown: Sí. El ingeniero y yo hemos estado en contacto vía electrónica.
John: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Alejandra Soto: Ingeniero Rojas, quiero presentarle a Alan Brown. Es uno de los gerentes de la división de Los Ángeles.
Fernando Rojas: Gusto en conocerlo en persona.
Alan Brown: El gusto es mio.
Alejandra Soto: El Ingeniero Rojas es el coordinador del Centro de Investigación con sede en México.
Alan Brown: Sí. El ingeniero y yo hemos estado en contacto vía electrónica.
John: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Alejandra Soto: Ingeniero Rojas, quiero presentarle a Alan Brown. Es uno de los gerentes de la división de Los Ángeles.
Alejandra Soto: Mr. Rojas, I want to introduce you to Alan Brown. He is one of the managers at the Los Angeles division.
Fernando Rojas: Gusto en conocerlo en persona.
Fernando Rojas: Nice to meet you in person.
Alan Brown: El gusto es mio.
Alan Brown: My pleasure.
Alejandra Soto: El Ingeniero Rojas es el coordinador del Centro de Investigación con sede en México.
Alejandra Soto: Mr. Rojas is the head of the Research Center with headquarters in Mexico.
Alan Brown: Sí. El ingeniero y yo hemos estado en contacto vía electrónica.
Alan Brown: Yes. Mr. Rojas and I have been in touch via e-mail.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
John: That all sounded pretty formal.
Laura: It was. It’s best to be formal when you are introducing people.
John: Yes, it’s always best to be too formal, rather than not formal enough.
Laura: We usually use formal Spanish when speaking about colleagues we don’t know well.
John: And of course, we would use formal Spanish when speaking to or about superiors.
Laura: That’s right.
John: Is there a time that we can use informal Spanish in a business setting?
Laura: Yes, there is. If you have a close relationship with your colleagues you can.
John: How about outside the office?
Laura: If you’re in an informal situation, that’s fine.
John: So you really do need to read the situation and who is there.
Laura: Yes, you do.
John: Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
John: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
Laura: gerente [natural native speed]
John: "manager"
Laura: gerente[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: gerente [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Laura: gusto en conocerlo [natural native speed]
John: "nice to meet you"
Laura: gusto en conocerlo[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: gusto en conocerlo [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Laura: el gusto es mio [natural native speed]
John: "my pleasure"
Laura: el gusto es mio[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: el gusto es mio [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Laura: coordinador(a) [natural native speed]
John: "coordinator"
Laura: coordinador(a)[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: coordinador(a) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Laura: centro de investigación [natural native speed]
John: "research center"
Laura: centro de investigación[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: centro de investigación [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Laura: ingeniero(a) [natural native speed]
John: "engineer"
Laura: ingeniero(a)[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: ingeniero(a) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Laura: sede [natural native speed]
John: "headquarters"
Laura: sede [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: sede [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Laura: presentar [natural native speed]
John: "to introduce"
Laura: presentar[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: presentar [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Laura: persona [natural native speed]
John: "person"
Laura: persona[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: persona [natural native speed]
John: And last...
Laura: electrónico [natural native speed]
John: "electronic"
Laura: electrónico[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: electrónico [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
John: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is...
Laura: en persona
John: meaning "in person."
John: Can you tell us about this phrase?
Laura: The word en means "in" and is followed by persona.
John: This means "person." It literally means "in person."
Laura: You can use this phrase to say something was done in person.
John: So the person is physically there when it happens.
Laura: It can be used in both formal and informal situations.
John: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Laura: Sure. For example, you can say... Quiero hablar contigo en persona.
John: ... which means "I want to talk to you in person."
John: Okay, what's the next word?
Laura: vía electrónica
John: meaning "via email."
John: This is a phrase.
Laura: First is the word vía, which means "via," of course. Next is electrónica.
John: This means "electronic." In this case, it refers to "email."
Laura: You can use this phrase to talk about doing things over email.
John: This phrase is mainly used in formal situations.
Laura: In an informal setting, you would say por correo.
John: Literally meaning "by mail," but nowadays it is used as a short version of the phrase "by email."
Laura: por correo electrónico
John: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Laura: Sure. For example, you can say... Me envió la invitación por vía electrónica.
John: ... which means "She sent me the invitation via email."
John: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

John: In this lesson, you'll learn about introducing someone in a business setting.
John: To do this, we can use the present perfect tense.
Laura: In Spanish, we call this Pretérito Perfecto Compuesto.
John: We use this tense to express or describe actions that have happened recently, and/or actions that still hold true in the present.
Laura: It is a compound tense, so you have to have a helping verb.
John: To form this tense, use the verb "to have" in the present tense with a past participle.
Laura: Yes, you use haber.
John: Let’s look at how this verb conjugates in the present tense. First is "I"
Laura: haber becomes he. Yo he,
John: For the informal "you."
Laura: tú has.
John: For the formal "you,"
Laura: Usted ha. You can find the complete conjugation chart on the Lesson PDF for this lesson.
John: After this verb comes the past participle. How do you form the past participle of a verb?
Laura: Drop the infinitive ending and add -ado
John: to the stem of -ar verbs, and
Laura: -ido
John: to the stem of -er and -ir verbs
John: Again, let’s hear a couple of examples. I’ll say the English, then Laura will say first the infinitive, and then the past participle. The first verb is "talked."
Laura: The infinitive is hablar, and the past participle is hablado.
John: The next verb is "had."
Laura: tener, tenido.
John: The final verb is "gone."
Laura: The infinitive is ir, and the past participle is ido.
John: Next let’s hear a couple of sentences.
Laura: Yo he presentado el proyecto.
John: "I have presented the project."
Laura: Tu has estado en la reunión.
John: "You have been in the meeting." We’ll finish this lesson by looking at some sentences that will help you introduce someone else in a business setting.
Laura: Él es el Arquitecto Mendez.
John: "He is the architect Mendez."
Laura: Ella se llama Alejandra López.
John: "Her name is Alejandra Lopez."
Laura: Te presento a nuestro Director General.
John: "I present to you our CEO."
Laura: Permítame presentarle al nuevo gerente de nuestra compañía.
John: "Allow me to introduce you to the company's new manager."
John: Listeners, find these and more sentence patterns and examples in the PDF Lesson Notes.

Outro

John: 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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