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INTRODUCTION
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to SpanishPod101.com. This is Business Mexican Spanish for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 4 - Expressing Opinions and Concerns at Work in Mexico. John Here.
Laura: Hola. I'm Laura.
John: In this lesson, you’ll learn about expressing opinions and concerns at work. The conversation takes place at the coffee table.
Laura: It's between Alan Brown, Alma Cordero, and Fernando Rojas.
John: The speakers are co-workers, therefore, they will speak formal Spanish. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Fernando Rojas: ¿Qué opinan de la nueva estrategia planteada durante la reunión?
Alan Brown: Me parece interesante...
Alma Cordero: Yo creo que les faltó considerar el impacto desfavorable que tendrá elegir Perú como mercado inicial.
Alan Brown: Estoy de acuerdo con usted.
Fernando Rojas: Opino que Colombia en este caso sería un mercado más eficiente.
John: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Fernando Rojas: ¿Qué opinan de la nueva estrategia planteada durante la reunión?
Alan Brown: Me parece interesante...
Alma Cordero: Yo creo que les faltó considerar el impacto desfavorable que tendrá elegir Perú como mercado inicial.
Alan Brown: Estoy de acuerdo con usted.
Fernando Rojas: Opino que Colombia en este caso sería un mercado más eficiente.
John: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Fernando Rojas: ¿Qué opinan de la nueva estrategia planteada durante la reunión?
Fernando Rojas: What do you think about the new strategy proposed during the meeting?
Alan Brown: Me parece interesante...
Alan Brown: I find it interesting...
Alma Cordero: Yo creo que les faltó considerar el impacto desfavorable que tendrá elegir Perú como mercado inicial.
Alma Cordero: I think they didn't consider the adverse impact that will have to choose Peru as an initial market.
Alan Brown: Estoy de acuerdo con usted.
Alan Brown: I agree with you.
Fernando Rojas: Opino que Colombia en este caso sería un mercado más eficiente.
Fernando Rojas: In my opinion, Colombia would be a more efficient market in this case.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
John: We didn’t hear the actual meeting in the conversation, but we did get to hear the aftermath.
Laura: Yes, Fernando, Alan, and Alma were discussing their opinions of it.
John: It appeared that they didn’t quite agree with the strategy that was suggested.
Laura: No, they definitely had some concerns about it.
John: Is it common to disagree in Mexico? How do people deal with disagreements?
Laura: It is common, but you should always be respectful and polite.
John: Of course. Do you have any advice on how to do that?
Laura: Try to focus on the idea, not the person.
John: That’s a good idea. Make it clear that your only issues are with the idea.
Laura: Use formal Spanish, so that you can give it the seriousness and respect it deserves.
John: What kind of sentence would be good to use here?
Laura: Desde mi punto de vista, desafortunadamente no me gusto la propuesta para nada.
John: "From my point of view, I unfortunately did not like the proposal at all." Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
John: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
Laura: opinar [natural native speed]
John: "to express an opinion"
Laura: opinar[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: opinar [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Laura: plantear [natural native speed]
John: "to propose"
Laura: plantear[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: plantear [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Laura: planteado(a) [natural native speed]
John: "proposed"
Laura: planteado(a)[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: planteado(a) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Laura: caso [natural native speed]
John: "case"
Laura: caso[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: caso [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Laura: reunión [natural native speed]
John: "meeting, reunion"
Laura: reunión[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: reunión [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Laura: elegir [natural native speed]
John: "to elect, to choose"
Laura: elegir[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: elegir [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Laura: mercado inicial [natural native speed]
John: "initial market"
Laura: mercado inicial[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: mercado inicial [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Laura: mercado eficiente [natural native speed]
John: "efficient market"
Laura: mercado eficiente[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: mercado eficiente [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Laura: considerar [natural native speed]
John: "to consider"
Laura: considerar[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: considerar [natural native speed]
John: And last...
Laura: desfavorable [natural native speed]
John: "unfavorable"
Laura: desfavorable[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laura: desfavorable [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: faltar considerar
John: meaning "missed to be considered."
John: Let’s break down this phrase.
Laura: First is faltar, which means "lack, having an absence." Next is considerar.
John: This is the verb "to consider."
Laura: You can use this to show not taking something into account.
John: So, for example, if a decision is being made, but something hasn’t been thought about or looked into, you can use this phrase.
Laura: You can use this in formal and informal situations, but it is often heard in business settings.
John: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Laura: Sure. For example, you can say... Nos falta considerar la cantidad de personas que llegarán más tarde.
John: ...which means "We are missing to consider the amount of people that will arrive later."
John: Okay, what's the next word?
Laura: impacto desfavorable
John: meaning "adverse impact."
John: This is also a phrase.
Laura: First is impacto, which means "impact." Next is desfavorable.
John: This means "unfavorable, negative, adverse."
Laura: You can use this to talk about a negative result.
John: When can this phrase be used?
Laura: It can be used in both formal and informal situations. But it is mainly heard in a business environment.
John: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Laura: Sure. For example, you can say... Tuvo un impacto desfavorable sobre el medio ambiente.
John: ... which means "It had an adverse impact on the environment."
John: Okay, what's the next word?
Laura: en este caso
John: meaning "in this case."
John: What can you tell us about this phrase?
Laura: First is en, which means "in." Next is este.
John: That means "this." The final word means "case."
Laura: Yes, that is caso.
John: You can use this phrase to describe something that is happening in a specific situation.
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... En este caso, no entiendo como resolverlo.
John: ... which means "In this case, I don't understand how to solve it. "
John: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

John: In this lesson, you'll learn about expressing opinions and concerns at work.
John: We’ll start by looking at opinions. We’ll look at some sentence patterns that will help you with this.
Laura: Me parece_
John: "I find it…"or "It seems to me…"
Laura: For example, Me parece que es una propuesta interesante.
John: "I find it to be an interesting proposal." If you want to share what you believe in, you can say...
Laura: Yo creo que_
John: "I think that…" Let’s hear an example of this.
Laura: Yo creo que merece otra oportunidad.
John: "I think that he deserves a second chance." If you want to share your point of view and the way you feel about a situation...
Laura: Yo considero que_
John: "I consider that…"
Laura: Yo considero que los resultados son muy importantes.
John: "I consider that the results are very important." And last, if you want to share a referenced opinion, you can say...
Laura: Con base en_
John: "Based on…"
Laura: Con base en los resultados del mes pasado.
John: "Based on last month’s results." As well as expressing opinions, you might also need to express concerns, so we’ll look at some patterns that will help with that.
Laura: The first one is Me preocupa que_
John: "It worries me that…"
Laura: Me preocupa que se cancele el evento.
John: "It worries me that the event will be cancelled." In case something serious concerns you, you could say...
Laura: Me mortifica que_
John: "It mortifies me that…"
Laura: Me mortifica que se repita el error.
John: "It mortifies me that the mistake will be repeated." Let’s hear one more phrase that you can use to express your concern...
Laura: Yo creo que le faltó_
John: "I think it lacked…"
Laura: Yo creo que le faltó iniciativa.
John: "I think it lacked initiative."
John: Listeners, find more examples and sentence patterns in the Lesson Notes PDF of this lesson.

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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