If i pursue to work in spain, do i need to enroll spanish language to understand me in spain?

November 16, 2008 by  

Question Spanish Student:

If im working to Spain. do i need to learn Spanish language, I know that English is universal language to make understand your communication. So people from Spain don’t know how to speak in English?

Answer: Although English is understood by many in Spain one needs to take in account Spanish is a world language. I you want to work in Spain you will have to master the Spanish language

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8 Responses to “If i pursue to work in spain, do i need to enroll spanish language to understand me in spain?”

  1. JJ on November 16th, 2008 4:44 am

    Unless you are working for an international company where English is preferred language choice, then yes, you should learn some Spanish. Even if you spoke English at work, you'd want to have a life outside work, shich would be difficult without some knowledge of the language.
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  2. Jim on November 16th, 2008 4:51 am

    If i was from spain and went to england would i need to know english? :P
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  3. guitarbass on November 16th, 2008 5:37 am

    yes you need a Spanish and French languages.
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  4. Dee on November 16th, 2008 6:12 am

    of course, but i'd brush up on your english first…
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  5. Goddess of Laundry on November 16th, 2008 7:01 am

    Unless you want to feel completely marginalized by your inability to read everyday signs, read a menu and order in a restaurant, Go shopping, ride public transit, do banking, post office,ask for directions,carry on a conversation, understand what your co-workers are telling you, or the conversation that is going on around you, then I think your best bet is to take a course in Spanish. Why would you do this to yourself?
    Being away from home is challenging enough without being able to communicate with those around you.
    I have lived in Switzerland and had to speak French every day to accomplish these simple tasks. If I had not had some ability, I would have stayed home and done nothing every day….Can't even watch TV!
    Take the course…
    Think of it as an opportunity!
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  6. kclass99 on November 16th, 2008 7:41 am

    It depends on where you work. If you work in a multi national corporation, I'm sure most of your co workers will speak English. If you work in a local bakery, maybe not.

    But wherever you go in the world, it helps to learn the another language. I've been learning Spanish for a few months now, and I've already found that my Peruvian friends are warming to me.

    It's not so difficult either. I've been learning basic survival language at http://www.survivalphrases.com/spanish, and they've been really useful.
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  7. Leading Light on November 16th, 2008 7:50 am

    Alot of people will understand you but do you want to understand them? You don't want only for people to understand you, and live deaf for the rest of your time there. You won't be able understand your Spanish collegues when they talk amongst themselves, you won't be able to understand the music etc. etc. Besides, Spanish is an easy language to learn.
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  8. Mateo F on November 16th, 2008 8:35 am

    Many people in Spain have a basic knowledge of English, but not many people speak t English fluently.
    If you want to work (and live) in Spain you NEED to speak Spanish.
    However people will lend you a hand when you are learning the language and you're not fluent enough in Spanish.
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    I'm from Spain.

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