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"...know languages, know countries, know people." ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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October, 2007

Language Joke

Tips
Learning a few basic words and phrases can immediately enable you to "connect " with a Spanish speaker at work or in your community. Here are a few to get you started:

Hello = hola (pronounced "o-la")

Thank you = gracias (pronounced "gra-see-as")

Please = por favor (pronounced "por fa-bor")

Good morning/day = buenas dias (pronounced "bwen-us dee-us")

Good afternoon = buenas tardes (pronounced "bwen-us tar-des")

Good evening = buenas noches (pronounced "bwen-us no-ches")

Goodbye = hasta manana (pronounced "ah-sta man-yah-nah") literally "until tomorrow"

Goodbye = hasta luego (pronounced "ah-sta loo-eh-go") literally "until later"

How are you = como estas (pronounced koh-moh eh-stas)

How are you (very informal) = que tal (kay tal)

Very well = muy bien (moo-ye bee-en)

Many immigrants come to the United States for a better life with the goal of someday becoming permanent residents and eventually citizens. But now, becoming a citizen may be too costly for many. Immigration fees have increased dramatically. Those seeking a permanent resident visa will pay $930 compared to the previous fee of $325. Likewise those seeking U.S. citizenship will have to pay $675 compared to the previous $330. Individuals wanting to bring their fiancé or fiancée to the U.S. will have to pay $455 compared to the previous $170. The funds from the new fees will go towards new technologies for security and background checks, improving training, hiring nearly 1,500 immigration officers, purchasing computers and reducing processing time of their most popular services.


Culture Connection
The Day of the Dead - Día de los Muertos
Every year something unique takes place in many areas of Mexico and Central America on November 2nd: "Day of the Dead"-Día de los Muertos, All Souls Day a festival celebrating the reunion of dead relatives with their families. While it's strange for most of us to accept the fact that "death" and "festivities" can go hand-in-hand, for most Mexicans, the two are intricately entwined. This all stems from the ancient indigenous peoples of Mexico who believed that the souls of the dead return each year to visit with their living relatives - to eat, drink and be merry. Just like they did when they were living.
Message From KAMMS CEO,
Stacey Kammerman
COMING SOON - Inglés para Construcción DVD After many months of preparation and work by the KAMMS team, we are releasing our first English on the Job DVD. We will debut the DVD at a free showing in Ventnor, NJ in November.



Voice of our Customers & Friends
Warren Sprake
Nothfield, NJ


"Hi my name is Warren Sprake, after a few years working in the construction industry I saw the need to communicate with a new kind of worker, the Spanish speaking person. I was in the position where many English and Spanish speaking people were part of my team. During that time I decided to take Spanish to open up that new world. While in school, I was surprised how much I loved the challenge and the pride I felt to have this new talent.
Sorry to say however that college was 20 years ago and my confidence on the Spanish side of my brain has been shrinking. Two months ago I bought the Spanish for Construction and committed to listening to it everyday until I memorized the CD from beginning to end. I was so impressed with the fact that the terms and vernacular being applied to construction are actually relevant to everyday conversation that take place in the field.
The method with the words/phrases being said in English, repeated in Spanish by a Latino and then repeated in Spanish by an Anglo is brilliant. The countless hours I spent in college with head phones on listening to what sounded like machine gun fire made no sense when I heard this new approach to learning a language.
As stated these CDs are worth there weight in gold for someone who wants to refresh themselves or a total novice."




 
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