Maybe your motivation to learn Spanish is simply to make small talk / build rapport with your Latino employees or to say “thank you” for a job well done. And what better way to improve safety and to retain happy, productive workers? Everyone benefits.
Most managers and supervisors are aware of a communication gap affecting their industry that they can no longer afford to ignore. But let’s face it, most people are burdened with a time crunch, to say the least. They are too busy to send their supervisors or employees out to lengthy and expensive language courses off site.
Many people don’t know where to begin when they need to learn Spanish for the job. Many will go to the closest Spanish classes, others buy a CD or DVD program and some go online, hoping to find something that works. These methods just don’t work.
I taught Spanish at a number of different levels for years: after-school programs for kids, high school classes and then at a number of colleges. But the way we had to teach the class with all of the grammar and all of the content that we had to get through in a semester was overwhelming and frustrating. This methodology was fine if you wanted to be a Spanish major. But this way of teaching didn’t cut it with what my clients are looking for.
I started Workplace Languages when I was teaching Spanish at a community college here in the Twin Cities 16 years ago and a number of local companies such as: Target, 3M, General Mills, … would send employees to community college classes to learn Spanish. But three things always happened:
- There was no chance that the student would learn anything specific to their job / company.
- She / He didn’t have the opportunity to speak much with 20 to 25 other students.
- The student became so bogged down with grammar that she/he would be reluctant to speak.
Simplified Spanish Training for the Workplace
An individual might walk out of the class being able to say “¿Cómo estás?” or how to order a Margarita in Spanish. But they never learned what they needed to be successful back at their respective companies. This is why I started Workplace Languages and adopted the company’s “grammar-less” / “give them what they need” approach. You don’t have to bog students down with worrying about conjugating verbs and pronouncing everything perfectly. It doesn’t have to be that difficult.
Our philosophy with all of our bilingual and language training products is to give the individual only what she/he needs to learn Spanish for their jobs: be more productive, get her/his point across and to build rapport with your Latino employees. With all of our training and products we eliminate as much grammar as possible with a zero-stress approach. We want this to be a very fun and effective solution to meet your language needs.