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Does Your Accent Hinder Your Job Prospects?

Does Your Accent Hinder Your Job Prospects?

Do accents make a difference when it comes to employers deciding whom to pick?

Accent reduction has many benefits, including:

  • Better communication in the workplace between individuals such as employers, staff, clients, and so on.
  • Elimination of mistakes made from misunderstandings between two parties
  • Enhanced confidence when portraying yourself to others.
  • More efficient use of time due to the fluidity of your conversation when less repetition is being made.
  • More effective presentations in meetings.

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How To Succeed In Learning A Language?

How To Succeed In Learning A Language?

Don’t use outdated, inefficient methods

Grammar-translation methods and tedious memorization of words and rules have been standard practice for centuries all over the world.

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Why You Should Take Accent Reduction Classes

Why You Should Take Accent Reduction Classes

A senior drilling engineer is ready to give a presentation to a large group of fellow employees, and a few higher-ups. The engineer is from another country, and although he has a heavy accent, he’s quite fluent in English. Today, he’s decided to begin his presentation with a friendly greeting that he’s heard from some Americans.

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Medical Spanish Crash Course, Great Success!!

Medical Spanish Crash Course, Great Success!!

On Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, CCLS Houston, in conjunction with the University of Houston’s Alpha Epsilon Delta, provided a Crash Course in Medical Spanish to more than 20 students! The course was presented by Rafael Lozano, Philologist and CCLS Certified instructor, and Cinthya Trueba, President and CEO. We were thrilled to be given the opportunity to share the CCLS methodology with the bright students of U of H. We look forward to continuing this course at the University of Houston in the future!"

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United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) Signed

United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) Signed

Now that the U.S., Mexico and Canada have signed the new USMCA, designed to replace NAFTA, traders in North America can breathe a sigh of collective relief. Canada and Mexico are the United States’ second and third largest trading partners, respectively, and the uncertainty that pervaded that relationship since the election of President Trump has created heartburn for many. Although the agreement must be formally ratified by Congress before it can take effect, the expectation is that some form of NAFTA 2.0 will soon become law.

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CCLS Houston Offers New Medical Spanish Program

CCLS Houston Offers New Medical Spanish Program

CCLS Houston has designed a new program to help medical professionals improve their communication with patients from Spanish-speaking communities. Prior Spanish-language education is not required for this program. Medical Spanish is an academic program focused on teaching the medical vocabulary, linguistics and cultural awareness necessary for caregivers to provide more effective and compassionate care to their patients.

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Spanish in the Medical Field

Spanish in the Medical Field

In the Nightingale pledge, nurses promise to dedicate themselves “to devoted service for human welfare.” This creed is followed by workers throughout the medical field, but it can be a difficult standard to meet when there is a communication gap between the caregiver and the patient. This challenge combined with a rapidly growing Spanish-speaking population, has created the need for language training for medical professionals. As Dr. Benjamin Brown writes in his article “Interpreting Medicine: Lessons from a Spanish-Language Clinic”, “caring for patients is an act of interpretation… Caring for patients of limited English proficiency – a population that needs a very literal form or interpretation -- underscores this lesson.”

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Why Learn English?

Why Learn English?

You are in Houston. Everywhere you go people speak English. You may feel isolated. Learning English is a good way to get connected and become more comfortable in your new home. English is a tricky language and sometimes you may feel like it’s just too difficult but we are here to help you take it one step at a time. Many of you studied English before you arrived, but how much did you speak it? It is good to be able to read but if you do not feel comfortable talking, you will never feel confident going out to do things on your own.

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Portuguese – The next language of the Oil & Gas industry?

Portuguese – The next language of the Oil & Gas industry?

With the recent news that Brazil leads the world in planned and announced drilling projects, the Oil & Gas industry’s eyes are turned increasingly towards that nation. Additionally, Oil & Gas companies are eyeing Brazil for their wind and solar power potential. Brazil already has the highest level of wind energy in the region and its sunny climate makes it ideal for solar power production as well. With all this attention comes an increased focus on the need for Brazilian Portuguese-speakers. As of 2016, an estimated 5% of the population of Brazil spoke a second language, and only approximately 3% speak English fluently. As the sole Portuguese-speaking country in South America, Brazil has always been a bit of a language island but the low levels of English speaking have broader socioeconomic roots. Brazil’s illiteracy rate is 18% and education is far from universal. Secondary education has only been compulsory since 2016, meaning there has not even been a generation of the population who were required to attend high school.

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The Importance of Spanish to the Hospitality Industry

The Importance of Spanish to the Hospitality Industry

By 2024 it is estimated that the Hispanics/Latinos will make up 32.5% of the total U.S. workforce. The hospitality industry is at the forefront of that trend. In fact, according to the Department of Labor, Hispanics/Latinos already account for more than 22% of the employees in the hospitality industry. It is safe to assume that many of those people are native Spanish speakers. But is the hospitality industry equipped to serve the needs of these workers? What can hoteliers and restauranteurs do to bridge the language gap?

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¿Conoces la expresión

¿Conoces la expresión "el perico donde quiera es verde"?

Esta expresión es empleada para afirmar que ciertas características de un individuo lo acompañarán siempre, independientemente del tiempo, lugar o circunstancias en que se encuentre. Cabe destacar que la expresión no refiere a características físicas, sino a cuestiones de personalidad y comportamiento.

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Significados del verbo

Significados del verbo "quedar"

El verbo quedar tiene al menos 7 significados y cada uno tiene una estructura gramatical distinta, si no conoces sus usos vas a QUEDAR LOCO.

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¿Por qué aprender una nueva lengua?

¿Por qué aprender una nueva lengua?

Cuando estaba en la secundaria yo ya sabía que estudiaría la Licenciatura en Lengua y Literatura Hispánica en la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Sin embargo, esta futura elección que en un principio parecía ventajosa al final terminó por afectarme de manera negativa. Yo pensaba que por estudiar lo hispánico no tendría la absoluta necesidad de la lengua inglesa, que era la materia en donde tuve mayor deficiencia en mis estudios preuniversitarios.

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De tal palo tal astilla (EN)

De tal palo tal astilla (EN)

Do you know the origin of the idiom “de tal palo tal astilla”?

Is similar to “like father like son” or “the apple doesn´t fall far from the tree”. This expression is often used to refer to the defects or virtues of a child compared to his father, mother or other family members. Usually, the character, the physical traits, the habits… are transmitted between parents and children and when we allude to it we use this expression.

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De tal palo tal astilla (ES)

De tal palo tal astilla (ES)

¿Conoces el origen de la expresión “de tal palo tal astilla” o “the apple doesn´t fall far from the three”?

Esta expresión se suele utilizar para referirse a los defectos o las virtudes de un hijo respecto de su padre, madre u otros miembros de la familia. Por lo general, la forma de ser, los rasgos físicos, las costumbres… se transmiten entre padres e hijos y cuando hacemos alusión a ello utilizamos esta expresión.

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Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

From ancient times, there has been great diversity of languages. These, from the beginning, have been different from each other. There has never been a single common language, but great linguistic groups identified by area, as it is the case of the Indo-European region. However, this great linguistic diversity also poses enormous difficulties for communication between peoples with different languages. This impediment to communicate is interestingly interpreted by the Bible as a punishment given by God to men, who, when trying to build the Tower of Babel to reach their deity, were reprimanded with small stones that fell on their heads, causing different peoples to receive different languages. This became an obstacle to harmonious coexistence, and also caused linguistic separation.

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Lost in translation

Lost in translation

Desde tiempos ancestrales es que existe una gran diversidad de lenguas y estas desde un principio se diferenciaron, nunca existió una lengua común pero sí grandes agrupaciones lingüísticas por zona, como es el caso del indoeuropeo. Sin embargo, está gran diversidad lingüística representa también una dificultad enorme para la comunicación entre pueblos con distintos idiomas. Este impedimento de comunicación es curiosamente interpretado por la Biblia como un castigo de Dios a los hombres, quienes, al intentar construir la Torre de Babel, para alcanzar a la deidad, fueron reprendidos con pequeñas piedras que cayeron sobre sus cabezas, ocasionando que los pueblos obtuvieran diferentes lenguas, lo que sería un impedimento para la convivencia y que también ocasionó la separación lingüística.

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Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day CCLS HoustonRed Nose Day was born in 1985 in UK, leaded by the non-profit organization Comic Relief and it started in the US in 2015. Red Nose Day is more than a special day to have fun, it is a movement to end with child poverty in the world.

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Llueve a cántaros

Llueve a cántaros

¿Conoces el origen de la expresión “it´s raining cats and dogs” o “llueve a cántaros”?. Vamos a conocer el curioso origen de estas expresiones. Con este tipo de frases hechas mejorarás tus habilidades de conversación, solo tienes que empezar a utilizarlas y rápidamente hablarás como un nativo.

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It’s raining cats and dogs

It’s raining cats and dogs

Do you know the origin of the idiom "it´s raining cats and dogs" or in Spanish "llueve a cántaros"? Let´s find out the curious origin of these idioms. With this kind of common phrases you’ll improve your conversation skills, you only have start using them and quickly you will speak like a native.

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Improve With Idioms:

Improve With Idioms: "Spell It Out"

Have you ever been in a situation where you're trying to tell something to a friend or colleague, but you don't want to be direct about it? Maybe you don't want to sound like you're gossiping, or you don't want to sound mean. Maybe you think your friend will understand what you mean even if you only give them a few small clues. Maybe you don't want your coworker to feel bad.

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Brazil's Carnaval 2017: An Analysis

Brazil's Carnaval 2017: An Analysis

Carnaval is a large celebration in Brazil before Lent. It is an unique opportunity to experience the many artistic sides of the country and its culture. From its dancers and singers to the capoeira martial artists, tourists and locals alike are sure to have a great time. Here are some of the highlights that show what happened this year for Carnaval.

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Estados Unidos es un país enriquecido por sus inmigrantes

Estados Unidos es un país enriquecido por sus inmigrantes

Los aportes de los inmigrantes a Estados Unidos ha sido uno de los recursos más transcendentales para el éxito del país. A través de sus grandes contribuciones han dejado una marca indeleble en el carácter estadounidense. Más aun, sus capacidades de desarrollar soluciones creativas, su tenacidad y su criterio amplio, han enriquecido la cultura americana y en ocasiones, la han definido.

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The U.S. is a Country Enriched by Its Immigrants

The U.S. is a Country Enriched by Its Immigrants

The contributions made to the U.S. by American immigrants have enriched the country in no small part due to their tenacious drive to succeed and their ability to approach problems in novel ways. These and many other gifts immigrants bring, have not only enriched American culture, but in many instances have defined what it means to be an American.

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What is a dialect?

What is a dialect?

It's been many times that I have heard an incorrect use of the word dialect, especially because the average speaker does not know how to properly differentiate between a language and a dialect.

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¿Qué es un dialecto?

¿Qué es un dialecto?

Son muchas las ocasiones que he escuchado un uso incorrecto de la palabra dialecto, sobre todo porque el hablante promedio no sabe distinguir de manera adecuada entre lo que es una lengua y lo que es un dialecto.

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Spanish or Castilian?

Spanish or Castilian?

In one of my conversations with a Mexican friend who lived in Spain, he was telling me that for a Spaniard the best way to make a Mexican look bad is to ask what language he speaks. Any Mexican would naturally answer, “Spanish”; however, the Spaniard would correct him saying that his answer is incorrect, as he in fact speaks Castilian. This issue is somewhat controversial in Spanish-speaking countries, and for certain students of the Spanish language, as there are many factors and facts to take into account (which often are only due to mere confusion). In the following lines I will explain the respective uses of these terms through a brief historical and geographical review of the Spanish language.

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¿Español o castellano?

¿Español o castellano?

En una de mis conversaciones con un amigo mexicano que vivía en España me comentaba que para un español la mejor forma de dejar mal parado a un mexicano consiste en preguntarle qué lengua habla. Cualquier mexicano respondería naturalmente que español; sin embargo, el español lo corregiría, diciéndole que no, que en realidad él habla en castellano. Esta cuestión resulta algo controversial en los países de habla hispana y para ciertos estudiantes de la lengua española, ya qué hay muchos factores y hechos a tomar en cuenta (que muchas veces no se deben más que a una simple confusión). A continuación, explicaré los respectivos usos de estos términos mediante una rápida revisión histórica y geográfica del español.

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Inglés: La Lengua Mundial

Inglés: La Lengua Mundial

Aún recuerdo que hace casi seis meses aconteció esta curiosa experiencia en la coordinación del Colegio de Letras Hispánicas de la UNAM. Mientras trabajaba en una revisión del plantel de docentes de la carrera, llegó un alumno de intercambio procedente de Corea del Sur.

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El inglés como lenguaje de internet

El inglés como lenguaje de internet

Es un hecho innegable que el inglés es la lengua mundial, ya que no solamente la respaldan sus 942 millones de hablantes (nativos y no nativos); además, es el vehículo en el cual se publica la mayor parte de información de fácil acceso en el mundo. Es decir, es la lengua más utilizada en internet con un 26.3 % de usuarios a su favor; lo que representa a más de 948 millones de personas que utilizan la red en dicha lengua. Esto convierte al idioma en la llave de acceso al mundo del ciberespacio, donde la mayor parte del contenido estará en inglés.

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Mexico’s Energy Reform: Short Term Price Hikes & Long Term Gains

Mexico’s Energy Reform: Short Term Price Hikes & Long Term Gains

Amid public outcry, the Enrique Pena-Nieto’s government announced a hike in consumer gasoline prices. The price hike, also known as the, “Gasolinazo,” has lead people to pay up to 20% more at the pump than what they were paying for last year. Mexico’s gas price increase seems to run at odds with one of the Pena-Nieto administration’s keystone facets of its sweeping energy reform: lowering the price of gas.

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Reforma energética mexicana abre mercados a pesar del gasolinazo

Reforma energética mexicana abre mercados a pesar del gasolinazo

Entre manifestaciones y protestas el gobierno de Enrique Peña-Nieto ha subido el precio de la gasolina. El incremento, conocido como el “Gasolinazo,” ha ocasionado que el consumidor mexicano tenga que pagar un 20% más de lo que pagaba hace un año por gasolina. Este incremento de precio va en contra de uno de los puntos clave para el gobierno de Peña-Nieto: reducir el costo del gas para el país.

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Rogue One: A Multicultural Success Story

Rogue One: A Multicultural Success Story

“A Mexican in Star Wars? Come on! And not just for five minutes!” so Diego Luna exclaimed, who is playing the lead male role in the most recent Star War’s movie ““Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Luna was speaking in a recent interview on the Ellen DeGeneres Show about his experiences playing the role of Cassian Andor. Luna’s excitement was palpable throughout his interview with Ellen. After watching the film, I understand why. Rarely do large roles in Hollywood go to Mexican men. They often play the same tired tropes: gang members, janitors, or landscapers. What makes Diego Luna’s role unique, is that a Mexican man is playing a large role in one of the most financially successful movie franchises. Moreover, Luna’s character forms part of a multicultural cast.

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Portuguese is a Powerful Language

Portuguese is a Powerful Language

Portuguese is a powerful language that holds a great deal of importance in the modern business world. Due to its rich heritage, the linguistic sphere of influence extends far beyond the Iberian Peninsula and Central America. Here in the United States, many companies are having difficulties finding people to hire for Portuguese related articles. Not only is this language a great choice for those who wish to expand their skills overseas, but it is also a great way to become invaluable for companies without having to leave the country.

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Being a better health care provider: Cultural Competence and Medicine

Being a better health care provider: Cultural Competence and Medicine

In her latest book, The Latino Patient, Nilda Chong says that "When a non-Latino provider meets a Latino patient in the clinical setting, both face the challenges of a cross-cultural interaction". In this way, not only language can be a barrier, but also body language, and even voice tone. Within a medical appointment it is important to be able to get the patient to trust the provider and relax, so he or she can open up and share symptoms, habits and worries without fear of being misunderstood. Being able to speak the same language certainly helps, but it is not everything. There are things we can take into consideration that will help the interaction, even if it is carried out with the help of an interpreter.

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Cultural Competence: looking at others by looking at ourselves

Cultural Competence: looking at others by looking at ourselves

The ancient Greek civilization had a saying that was so important to them it was written at the entrance of the great temple of Apollo. It said "γνωθι σεαυτόν", which is basically translated "know yourself". This is wise advice when researching and learning about different cultures. Take a look in the mirror and get to know yourself. It is how other cultures view you at a first glance.

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Diagnosing Medicine in Spanish

Diagnosing Medicine in Spanish

It is no news that being bilingual is a powerful tool in today’s job market. In Houston alone, the Latino population has dramatically increased, reaching over 40% of the city demographics, while nationally, we are expected to reach 25% by 2050.

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Learn the most important skill in business today!

Learn the most important skill in business today!

What is Transcultural Competence?

The ability to work and live across cultures is key to for today’s globalized and interconnected world. It is also known by the term Cultural Intelligence. A expert in this field is capable of avoiding cultural misunderstandings that can ruin business or themselves. In 2015 alone, more than half of international business deals failed because of cultural differences. For example, doing business in a Latin American environment can lead to inadvertent misconceptions that also carry unwanted consequences into your deals. Being transculturally competent means being able to work through diverse values rather than against them. This, in turn allows you to transition smoothly toward your goals.

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Spanish in a Nation of Immigrants

Spanish in a Nation of Immigrants

English is the most spoken language in the United States. However, it is not the only means of communicating in this country. A close second to English is Spanish, which is spoken by a large percentage of the U.S. population. Being able to speak both can be one of the keys to success in America. For those who came to this country and already knew this language, it is an important part of who they are. As a direct result of learning it, individuals who embrace it as a second (or even third) language grow closer to their roots, or broaden their horizons. Speaking Spanish is more than gaining a new skill; it is a great step in becoming a better person and a citizen of the world.

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El panorama laboral para 2016

El panorama laboral para 2016

El año 2016 presenta un panorama laboral mucho más complejo que al menos los últimos 3 años. Este incluirá los cambios estructurales al plan de salud (healthcare) de Obama (Obamacare) cuyas multas alcanzarán su máximo esplendor en 2016; el cambio hacia unas oficinas más modernas e inteligentes así como a la incorporación del primer grupo de "generación z" al trabajo en mayo siguiente son algunos de los puntos más importantes a resaltar en este período.

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How to survive Christmas parties at the office

How to survive Christmas parties at the office

Ok, when you think about Christmas they may come to your mind images of beautiful and tall trees, plenty of gifts and delicious dinner with family and friends, but it never comes to your mind the Christmas party with your colleagues at the office. Lets be honest, most of times we don’t have good memories from this events but here are a few tips that could help you to survive the Christmas party at the office.

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Empresas piden un tercer idioma

Empresas piden un tercer idioma

Como lo hemos comentado en repetidas ocasiones, el hablar un segundo idioma siempre abrirá muchas puertas que toquemos. Hablar y escribir inglés es algo que se ha convertido en un requisito forzoso para aspirar a un nuevo puesto de trabajo en una empresa grande, sobre todo si son transnacionales. Pero en los últimos años, muchas compañías han decidido dejar de lado eso y han dado un paso más, ya que exigen la añadidura de un tercer idioma, lo cual genera un valor adicional a la capacidad del empleado. No cabe duda que el inglés es imprescindible debido que su uso en presentaciones, negociaciones y hasta para entablar conversaciones está siendo cada vez más demandado; pero hay que tener en cuenta que la fluidez con la que se dialogue y el vocabulario. No es suficiente con hablar, sino proyectar seguridad.

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Los 5 países ideales para aprender inglés

Los 5 países ideales para aprender inglés

Saber inglés ya no es un lujo, ni tampoco un gusto: es una necesidad. Para desarrollarnos profesionalmente y alcanzar un perfecto desempeño en cualquier lugar de trabajo, debemos de hablar al menos otro idioma. Siempre hemos dicho que la manera más adecuada para aprender un idioma es poniéndolo en práctica; para dominarlo y hacerlo parte de nosotros lo mejor y para hacerlo más divertido, es viajar a algún país en el que se hable ese idioma y de esta manera ir aplicando lo aprendido.

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¿Es mejor hablar que escribir?

¿Es mejor hablar que escribir?

Estás aprendiendo un idioma y conforme pasa el tiempo, te vas preguntando: ¿qué será mejor, gramática o conversación?., aquí te diremos por qué la conversación es mucho más importante que la gramática. Al aprender un idioma lo primero que hacemos es memorizar el vocabulario tan básico y un sinfín de reglas gramaticales, conjugación de verbos, entre otras cosas. No negaremos que la gramática juegue un papel muy importante a la hora del aprendizaje, pero realmente cuando nos enfrentamos al mundo de los idiomas o simplemente, intentamos entablar una conversación con otra persona que habla un idioma diferente al nuestro, no es común ni lo más correcto tomar una hoja de papel y estar intercambiado palabras por el simple hecho de que no sabemos cómo expresar nuestras ideas otro idioma.

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¿Y tú, qué certificado tienes?

¿Y tú, qué certificado tienes?

Aprender el idioma inglés se ha vuelto tan necesario en estos tiempos, casi como tener una computadora en casa. La mayoría de nosotros aspiramos a conseguir importantes puestos de trabajo, y de ser así, solemos buscarlo en empresas bien posicionadas. Es por eso, que el estudiar idiomas, especialmente el inglés, es algo que está muy valorado en la sociedad actual y que gracias a ello, podrás destacar del resto; además, en este mundo tan globalizado, la gran mayoría de las empresas tienen contacto con personas de distintas nacionalidades. Existen muchos métodos para aprender cualquier idioma, sin embargo, debemos considerar que para que este aprendizaje tenga reconocimiento, debe de haber un gran papel de por medio llamado “certificado”. Es por eso que te compartimos las distintas certificaciones que podrán pedirte como requisito para comprar tu nivel de idioma:

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Día de Muertos: Tradición 100% Mexicana

Día de Muertos: Tradición 100% Mexicana

Noviembre es un mes importante para todos los mexicanos, debido a que a principios de éste se celebra una de las fechas más representativas para la cultura de este país: Día de muertos. La celebración es llevada a cabo los días 1 y 2 de Noviembre; 1, dedicado al alma de los pequeños angelitos y el 2, al de los adultos. Estas fechas coinciden con la celebración católica del Día de los Fieles Difuntos, y, a pesar de ser una festividad mexicana, existen comunidades en Estados Unidos que también celebran estos días gracias a la gran cantidad de México-americanos.

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Día de Muertos: A 100% Mexican Tradition

Día de Muertos: A 100% Mexican Tradition

The month of november is important for all the mexicans, this is because in the beginning of the month one of the most representative customs’ is celebrated: día de muertos “day of the dead”. The celebration takes place in November 1st and 2nd, the 1st is dedicated to the souls of the little ones and the 2nd to the grown-ups. This dates coincide with the catholic celebration of “all hallows eve” and, even this is a Mexican festivity, there are communities in the USA that also celebrate this holidays thanks to the great number of Mexican-Americans within them.

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CCLS hosts Mayoral Candidate Adrian Garcia

CCLS hosts Mayoral Candidate Adrian Garcia

CCLS Houston, along with Friends of Chuck (FOC) was very pleased to sponsor an evening “Meet and Greet” for Houston mayoral candidate Adrian Garcia at the Post Oak Grill Restaurant on 7 October. The packed event was a great opportunity for invited guests and friends to meet the well-known mayoral candidate Adrian Garcia and his lovely wife Monica Garcia, and listen to his plans for moving Houston forward. The evening’s success was guaranteed, thanks to Chef Polo Becerra’s peerless service. The Hors d’oeuvres were delicious and wine glasses were kept full by his professional staff. On behalf of CCLS Houston, we wish mayoral candidate Garcia well in the upcoming election!

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The Sister Cities of Houston 2015

The Sister Cities of Houston 2015

The Sister Cities of Houston hosted its 10th annual Fall Concert at St. Thomas University on Sunday evening, and CCLS Houston was proud to be a sponsor and attendee at the gala.

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Ventajas de profesores nativos

Ventajas de profesores nativos

La eterna duda: profesor nativo o no nativo. Como siempre la respuesta no es blanco o negro. ¿qué puede aportar un no nativo?. Existe un mito del que solo se puede aprender idioma con un profesor nativo, debemos entender que hablar un idioma no es garantía de entender su funcionamiento interno, mucho menos saber explicar por qué funciona de esa manera, y aún en el caso de que se posean tales conocimientos, no es lo mismo que saber transmitirlos. A continuación te presentamos las ventajas que podemos encontrar en un profesor nativo:

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Benefits of being bilingual

Benefits of being bilingual

Surely you have been encouraged to learn another language, but the arguments does not seem too convincing or don’t make you believe that it is really necessary. Next we’ll share you some benefits of studying another language, so you can’t resist to try it.

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Brazilian customs and traditions

Brazilian customs and traditions

Brazil is known as one of the funniest places in the world, and yes it is, indeed. If we stop to think about the customs and traditions of Brazil, immediately we think about dancing, music, carnival and the sports. So we want to introduce you some of the most representative Brazilian customs.

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Costumbres y tradiciones en Brasil

Costumbres y tradiciones en Brasil

Brasil es uno de los países señalados como uno de los más divertidos del mundo, es que efectivamente, lo es. Si nos detenemos a pensar sobre cuáles son las costumbres y tradiciones de Brasil, de inmediato pensamos en todo lo que tenga que ver con el baile, la música, el carnaval y el deporte. Por eso te presentamos algunas de las costumbres brasileñas más representativas:

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The Key for Communication: The English Language

The Key for Communication: The English Language

As a direct result of the Internet being everywhere you look, the world we live in is more connected than ever. From the countless individuals looking at their smartphones during the day to the many other methods of communication, it is pivotal that we are able to talk to one another. While people have their differences in terms of taste, clothes, culture, and lifestyles, the international community has adopted English as the primary way of transmitting information. With a solid background covering more than one language, you can speak with countless individuals all around the world, and gain many new opportunities as a result; from personal reasons such as traveling and hobbies to professional growth, there are countless reasons to fine-tune one’s understanding of this rich language.

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Cultural Differences in the Business World: Why they Matter

Cultural Differences in the Business World: Why they Matter

Being mindful of cultural differences in the business world goes beyond following simple rules of thumb such as punctuality standards, dress code, and greeting gestures. It comprises understanding the underlying nature of communication across cultures, as we shall explore in this article.

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Hábitos para aumentar la productividad

Hábitos para aumentar la productividad

Ser más productivo no significa simplemente lograr más, también significa disfrutar más. De nada sirve que alcances la meta del año, del mes o del período propuesto en tu trabajo si al terminar el día sientes estrés, cansancio o cualquier otra emoción negativa porque entonces de nada habrá servido todo el trabajo hecho, ¿o sí?.

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5 Reasons to learn Portuguese

5 Reasons to learn Portuguese

Have you ever wondered why it seems so easy to understand a Portuguese phrase even when you don't have any previous knowledge of it?

Despite the fact that a Spanish speaking person can understand almost 80% of written Portuguese, to speak the well known "portuñol" doesn't guarantee any business success in the Portuguese-speaking countries.

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Lo que debemos hacer para mejorar en inglés

Lo que debemos hacer para mejorar en inglés

Una mujer joven entra a mi oficina. En ese tiempo yo era consejera académica en una universidad privada en Brasil. Sus grandes ojos marrón brillan con emoción, mientras que un ligero gesto revela preocupación.

“Maestra, “dice. “Cuando me gradúe quiero viajar por el mundo, trabajar y estudiar en diferentes países, entender diferentes culturas, visitar lugares exóticos. ¿Cómo me puedo preparar para ello?” “Aprende inglés,” respondí simplemente. “Y apréndelo bien.”

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Cómo las reformas energéticas benefician a los mexicanos

Cómo las reformas energéticas benefician a los mexicanos

En los últimos 2 años, un paquete de reformas energéticas se convirtieron en ley en México, estas incluían 9 nuevas leyes así como modificaciones a las ya existentes, con lo cual se establecía un nuevo marco legal para la industria energética en México. Algo que definitivamente urgía a México, si tomamos en cuenta que paso de ser el sexto exportador de petróleo a nivel mundial al décimo lugar en 2014.

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The Many Benefits of being Bilingual

The Many Benefits of being Bilingual

In the globalized, interconnected information era that we live in, communication is key to development. It is easy to see why being able to speak more than one language could improve one’s opportunities for communicating, as human beings speak many different languages across the globe. But are there other aspects to being bilingual? Could it ultimately affect economic, social, cultural, and even health aspects of our lives?

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México y Brasil: Motores de América Latina

México y Brasil: Motores de América Latina

En los últimos años, empresarios de todo el mundo han visto a América Latina como el lugar donde invertir y un nuevo mercado donde promocionar sus servicios y productos. De entre todos los países latinoamericanos hay dos que llaman particularmente la atención dadas sus últimas tasas de crecimiento, nos referimos a México y Brasil. Por eso, en el blog de hoy hablaremos de estas dos importantes figuras en el ámbito de la región.

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Tus peores enemigos “Los quita tiempos”. Cómo vencerlos

Tus peores enemigos “Los quita tiempos”. Cómo vencerlos

Una de las frases más famosas en el mundo de los negocios es "El tiempo es dinero" y aun cuando en algunas ocasiones pueda sonar algo exagerado la realidad es que es completamente cierto, la manera en que ocupamos nuestro tiempo puede determinar nuestro éxito o fracaso en determinado proyecto o parte de nuestra vida, por lo cual es muy importante saber cuáles son esos pequeños detalles en los que podemos evitar perder el tiempo, sobre todo si hablamos del tiempo que ocupamos en la oficina.

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¿Qué generación ha sido más destacada en el mundo de los negocios?

¿Qué generación ha sido más destacada en el mundo de los negocios?

Les compartimos esta infografía que muestra personalidades destacadas del mundo de los negocios en diferentes generaciones. ¿Ustedes qué opinan, qué generación ha sido más destacada en el mundo de los negocios?

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7 consejos para escribir correctamente un email

7 consejos para escribir correctamente un email

Sabemos que en el mundo corporativo y de negocios el email es el medio de comunicación más utilizado; ya sean cotizaciones, solicitudes, órdenes de trabajo, o en el proceso de reclutamiento, el correo electrónico es la forma en la que la información fluye a través y en las organizaciones. Aquí te compartimos 7 consejos para que la gente que reciba tus emails tenga la mejor impresión de ti:

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Millenials and baby boomers: el equipo del siglo

Millenials and baby boomers: el equipo del siglo

Aprender a trabajar en equipo siempre ha significado una tarea ardua para cualquier grupo de trabajo ya que intervienen diferentes factores como la cultura, el nivel de estudios, la efectividad de comunicación e incluso la edad de sus integrantes. En este post hablaremos de este último factor: la brecha generacional en el trabajo.

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No me envíes tu CV, te buscaré en Facebook

Definitivamente hay un antes y un después de las redes sociales. Las redes sociales han cambiado significativamente muchas áreas de nuestra vida, y tal vez el área que ha sido más afectada es la comunicación; su alcance y popularidad han provocado un vínculo directo y en tiempo real entre las personas que no habíamos visto antes ya que en tu perfil puedes compartir experiencias personales, familiares e incluso profesionales y llegar a muchas personas en muy poco tiempo.

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Los millenials: guía rápida para entenderlos y trabajar con ellos

Los millenials: guía rápida para entenderlos y trabajar con ellos

Hoy, por primera vez en la historia; se puede encontrar en las oficinas y lugares de trabajo a 4 generaciones trabajando juntas: los tradicionalistas (nacidos entre 1922 y 1945), los baby boomers (1946-1964), la generación X (1965-1978) y los millenials (1979-1997)
 
Los millenials nacieron en una era de bonanza económica en comparación a sus padres y abuelos, y están acostumbrados a la gratificación inmediata en todos los sentidos, se sienten totalmente cómodos con realizar diversas tareas a la vez, son multitasking; pero estas características son precisamente las que los convierten en un reto para poder trabajar armoniosamente con ellos. Aquí les compartimos 4 claves fundamentales para comprenderlos mejor: 

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Accent Reduction – The Benefits of Improving Your Pronunciation

Accent Reduction – The Benefits of Improving Your Pronunciation

  • Stop having to repeat yourself
  • Open up career improvement opportunities
  • Perform better in school
  • Stop being too embarrassed to speak publicly

It is an all too common scenario: Roberto studied English in his home country of Mexico for many years. When he was transferred to the United States for work, he thought he was ready. Once he was here, he had trouble understanding the native English speakers in meetings and other interactions. When he needed to communicate his thoughts, he was often either misunderstood or not understood at all, despite repeating himself and avoiding difficult words. It was a very frustrating process for him, realizing that he had learned to speak and understand English with the accent spoken in his home country only. This is how he described his situation:

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Making Resolutions: The Age Old Tradition

Making Resolutions: The Age Old Tradition

It is that time of the year. No matter what religion (if any) we practice, most of us will gather with friends and family to celebrate the Holidays. For thousands of years, humanity has been passing generation to generation the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions as they plan for the year to come. From the Babylonians to the 21st century, both men and women have always possessed a drive to reflect upon our self-improvement every year. Here at CCLS Houston, it is our commitment to help you on your personal journey in 2015.

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The Security Risks of Near-Shoring to Mexico

Implications for Business Strategy

There is a saying in Spanish, that “Un hombre prevenido, vale por dos,” which translates as “a man forewarned, is worth two.” If you are a business executive in Mexico or contemplating a move to Mexico, this expression has relevance. Knowing Mexico’s security landscape in advance is crucial. Not knowing it can have serious and lasting consequences.

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Introducing CCLS

The Cultural Center for Language Studies (CCLS) Houston is a program designed specifically for working professionals who need to become effective in Spanish, Portuguese or English in a dynamic corporate environment both in the U.S. and abroad. Our focus is to produce effective, business-specific results so that your company’s employees can realize a return on your language training investment quickly. CCLS Houston is a licensed affiliate of CCAA in Brazil, which has over 50 years experience and proven methods in language training.

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The best way to learn a language

Learning Style

The first language you learn, your mother tongue, usually comes with little conscious effort. If you're lucky, you might even acquire more than one language in the so-called 'critical period' of language learning, believed to end sometime between ages 4-12. After that, it doesn’t come so easy, as you might have found out at school.

Something that might help is finding out about your learning style: are you a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner?

  • The visual learner might benefit from writing down words and phrases over and over again.
  • The auditory learner could gain from reading out loud or recording their own vocabulary lists and listening back to them.
  • The kinesthetic learner may enjoy learning in a group, using flash cards or anything else that satisfies their hunger for 'experience'.

Finding what works for you could speed up your language acquisition - or at least make it more enjoyable!

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Spanish is Important in Many Professions

Spanish is Important in Many Professions

Spanish is an important language in the workplace for many professions. Not only can it help you have an international career where you get to travel abroad for business, but it can also help you to gain an academic edge. In some cases, literature in your field may only be available in Spanish, and being able to understand it can greatly help. No matter what your career is, Spanish can help you take it to the next level.

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Why choose our company

Experience
More than 50 years of experience
Focus
Focus on conversation and comprehension
Groups
Small groups and native instructors
Business
Emphasis on business dialogue, vocabulary and situations
Dynamic
Dynamic and interactive instructional style
Process
Friendly and very effective learning process

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