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Newsletter from KAMMS' CEO
"Give your mind a chance to travel through foreign languages." - Neil Simon

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September, 2007

Language Joke

Tips
In Latin America it is considered impolite to toss things to each other. If you need to give something to a native, make sure you walk over and hand it to them.

Saying the word "stupid" in the English language is common and innocent enough. In Spanish culture the translation is very strong and offensive.

Don't be offended when Latinos call you a "gringo". To them the word describes someone as foreign and is not meant to degrade. The word came from war time when American soldiers wore green uniforms. The Mexicans knew enough to say "green go' in order to express their wishes for the American soldiers to leave.

Latin Americans usually greet friends and relatives more personally than do Americans. They give hugs, even the men. Men usually also greet woman with "besitos" meaning they touch cheeks while making a kissing noise with their lips. Woman also greet other woman with "besitos". These little kisses are purely friendly and have no romantic meaning.

If you are traveling to a Spanish country the culture can differ greatly from your own. Traveling can be more enjoyable if you understand the culture of the place you want to visit. We listed some tips about Latin America that can help you understand and avoid misunderstandings when vacationing in their lands. See tips in the Language Tips section of this newsletter!


Culture Connection
Hispanic Heritage Month
September is Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Heritage begins on September 15th because this day marks the anniversary of independence for five Hispanic countries - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico achieved independence on September 16th, and Chile on September 18th.
Message From KAMMS CEO,
Stacey Kammerman
Workbook Now Available!
This month we released the new Spanish for Law Enforcement workbook. The workbook contains easy to understand activities and real life scenarios to learn and practice over 400 words and phrases (100 pages) most encountered in situations by law enforcement personnel. The workbook can be used with the KAMMS Audio CD program "Spanish for Law Enforcement" or can be used independently.
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Voice of our Customers & Friends
TONY - NEW JERSEY
"What's the best way to learn with the Spanish on the Job audio program?"

It is best to listen for a short time each day. We suggest 30 minutes or 1 lesson a day. Continue listening to the same section until you have mastered it and then move on to the next. You will need to listen many times in order to internalize the new language. If you have the opportunity, we suggest following along with the listening guide. This way you are "inputting" the language both through listening and reading.

Each month we will highlight a question or comment from our friends & customers. Please contact us if you would like to ask or respond to a question or would like to make your "voice" heard. We look forward to hearing from you!




 
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