Learning Spanish is important for many reasons: traveling, cultural awareness, making friends, job promotions, and more. But sometimes we need more than the classic Spanish language classes; we need goal-centered classes. Especially if we want to use our language skills for the business world.
Spanish keeps growing its popularity and, therefore, companies need more Spanish-speaking people in their teams. But business is a whole new world within language instruction.
That’s why we put together a list of Spanish vocabulary and phrases for business. You definitely need to know these if you want to work in business. And if you already work there, you might get a promotion. Whatever the case, these words will help you grow in the corporate world. You’ll become a bilingual businessman or woman.
There’s a thing called Español con Fines Específicos (ELE) (Spanish for specific purposes). It is about teaching and learning the Spanish language for specific reasons.
Within ELE we can find Español de los negocios (Spanish business). Also known as Español para los negocios (Spanish for business). It aims to teach vocabulary in its written and oral form specific to the world of business Spanish. It is just like business English courses.
So, if you want to learn Spanish for the business world, you will need the following vocabulary and phrases. Remember that people don’t normally use these words in their everyday lives; they can be complicated for most. So, bonus points to you for knowing these Spanish vocabulary & phrases for business.
38 Spanish Vocabulary Words for Business
- Contrato – Contract
- Contratación – Hiring
- Junta – Meeting
- Proyecto – Project
- Factura – Invoice
- Solicitar – Request
- Solvencia – Solvency
- Mercado bursátil – Stock market
- Transacción – Transaction
- Transferencia – Transfer
- Compraventa – Buy and sell
- Notario – Notary
- Cuenta bancaria – Bank account
- Casa de bolsa – Brokerage house
- Empresa – Company
- Empresario – Businessman / Entrepreneur
- Ingresos – Cash inflow / Income
- Egresos – Cash outflow
- Contabilidad – Accounting
- Recursos humanos – Human Resources
- Evaluación – Evaluation
- Cliente – Client
- Vendedor – Seller
- Proveedor – Supplier / Provider
- Comité – Committee
- Capital – Capital
- Inversión – Business investment
- Crecimiento – Growth
- Sucursal – Branch / Subsidiary
- Matriz – Parent company
- Fondo de inversión – Investment fund
- Interés – Interest
- Socio – Partner
- Dividendos – Dividends
- Algoritmo – Algorithm
- Crédito – Credit
- Publicidad – Publicity / Advertising
- Accionista – Shareholder
Spanish Phrases and Questions for Business
The way we express ourselves when doing business is important. Oftentimes, we have to speak more formally than in our personal life as a sign of respect and honesty. Some of the phrases that we say in our business job can be said in a more casual way.
But it’s still preferable to speak with proper expressions. So, here are some phrases in Spanish that you could use in a job or business environment.
- Buen día, soy…
Good day, I am…
- ¿Es usted… ?
- Por medio del presente…
By this means… (for emails since they’re masculine)
- Por medio de la presente…
By this means… (for letters since they’re femenine)
- Podríamos agendar una junta.
We could schedule a meeting.
- Empresas JP, habla Ted S. ¿Con quién tengo el gusto?
Companies JP, this is Ted S. speaking. With whom I have the pleasure? (Perfect to answer phone calls)
- Me gustaría solicitar un crédito.
I’d like to request a credit.
- Gracias de antemano,
Thank you in advance,
- Saludos cordiales,
When working on a company or just doing business by yourself, you’ll have to call or email clients and potential partners. Here are some examples of how to call or write an email in Spanish to another business person while sounding proper. Notice that we use some of the words and phrases above.
- Buen día. Me presento, soy John P. ¿Es usted el licenciado Smith?
Good day. I present myself, I’m John. Are you licentiate Smith?
- Hola, licenciado. Llamo porque me gustaría agendar una junta con usted y su equipo para discutir la opción de ser socios en nuestro nuevo proyecto.
Hello, licentiate. I’m calling because I’d like to schedule a meeting with you and your team to discuss the option of becoming partners in our new project.
- Perfecto. Le diré a mi asistente que agende una cita para el Martes 19 de junio, si le parece bien.
Perfect. I’ll tell my assistant to schedule a meeting with you for Tuesday, June 19th if that’s okay with you.
- Muchas gracias. Tenga un buen día.
Thank you so much. Have a good day.
Writing an Email
- Hola, buen día,
Espero que se encuentre muy bien. Soy John P., empresario y dueño de Empresas JP.
Por medio del presente me gustaría hacerle una invitación para una reunión con Empresas JP, en la cual presentaremos nuestro nuevo proyecto para agrandar nuestra empresa y crear nuevas sucursales. Creemos que usted podría ser un buen socio y un posible accionista.
Quedo en espera de su respuesta.
Muchas gracias de antemano,
Hello, good day,
I hope you’re doing well. I am John P., entrepreneur and owner of Companies JP.
By this means, I’d like to invite you to a meeting with Companies JP, in which we will present our new project to enlarge our company and create new branches. We believe you could be a good partner and a possible shareholder.
Looking forward to your response.
Thank you very much in advance,
Learn Business Spanish with TruFluency
As we said in the beginning, when you have a specific purpose to learn a language, you’ll need classes focused on that goal. You will definitely learn with normal academic lessons.
But there are some particular words and jargon that you’ll only learn in classes focused on one area. For example, if you want to learn Business in Spanish, you’ll need to take a special course for that. The same goes for Business English.
At TruFluency we have lessons customized to your language goals. That means that we’ll make sure you learn whatever you want to learn. If you want to acquire business Spanish vocabulary, we’ll help you. If you prefer to learn Spanish idioms to feel like a native, we’ll teach you that.
The best part of TruFluency’s language classes is that we have native teachers. So you’ll learn the accent and some slang from your target language. This will help you sound more natural, like a native. We also focus our lessons on speaking, because our main goal is for you to achieve language fluency.
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