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15/23
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Hablar de tareas y prioridades es completamente habitual en cualquier proyecto personal o laboral. Exploraremos a continuaci贸n vocabulario relacionado para hablar formalmente de metas junto con tu equipo de trabajo.

Expresiones para hablar de prioridades y metas en ingl茅s

Comenzamos este tercer m贸dulo con un nuevo juego de roles. Presta atenci贸n al nuevo vocabulario y a la gram谩tica que utilizan para hablar de metas y tareas en su viaje laboral a Jap贸n. No olvides aprovechar la oportunidad para practicar tu lectura en voz alta y pronunciaci贸n.

隆Vamos con el roleplay!

  • Melanie: Hello everyone! You鈥檙e not going to believe the news! It looks as though we鈥檙e officially going to be doing business with a company in Japan next year!

  • Esteban: No way! I can鈥檛 believe that deal went through. I鈥檓 so excited to go on business trips and speak Japanese at meetings. This is a dream come true!

  • Luisa: That is so exciting! I feel like this will be a perfect change in our lives and our client base. It鈥檚 time to start focusing on expanding internationally and reaching different markets.

  • Melanie: Absolutely. I鈥檓 overjoyed that the deal went through. Nonetheless, we have to stay serious, and we have to focus on learning Japanese business customs so as not to offend our new colleagues.

  • Esteban: Yes, that should definitely be a priority in the next couple of weeks. I would rather learn the right business etiquette beforehand than unintentionally do something offensive.

  • Luisa: I agree. It sounds kind of difficult though since it鈥檚 such a different culture. Could you guys tell me some of the basics?

  • Melanie: Sure! For one thing, if somebody gives you a business card, you have to treat it as if it were made of gold. One mistake that foreigners make in Japan is that they put the card directly into their pocket instead of taking their time to read it and appreciate the design.

    You should always introduce yourself by saying 鈥淗ajimemashite鈥 along with your name and credentials, do a half bow, and offer your business card. We鈥檒l be learning more about that in our Japanese language classes, though.

  • Esteban: Now, I鈥檝e been studying Japanese for a long time, and one of the hardest things in Japanese business is that they use a super formal version of the language called Keigo. Once we get to Japan, we鈥檒l have to speak in Keigo all the time, besides for when we鈥檙e talking to our friends.

  • Luisa: That sounds pretty difficult, but I think we have something similar in formal English. Last year, when we collaborated with that startup based in London, I remember they used the word 鈥渟hall鈥 a lot when they had to describe responsibilities.

  • Melanie: Oh, yeah! I remember that. They would always say things like 鈥淚 shall prepare the copies鈥, and 鈥淪hall we delegate roles?鈥 I always laugh at how much more formal people鈥檚 speech is in the UK than the US.

  • Luisa: Yes, they use so many big words! There鈥檚 a similar dynamic between the Spanish from Latin America and the Spanish from Spain. I learned my Spanish in Colombia when I was working for Platzi, so when I heard European Spanish for the first time, I was honestly intimidated.

  • Esteban: Yes, but you get used to the cultural differences eventually. At first, it may seem as though we鈥檙e all so different with our languages and customs, but at the end of the day, we鈥檙e all just trying to do our best in life and reach our goals. I think expanding to Japan will be the next step in growing as people and learning more about how to be good global citizens.

  • Melanie: I鈥檓 so excited, guys. Hopefully along the way, we can help people reach their goals with English as well, because I know how important English is for international communication.

  • Luisa: Absolutely! When I worked at Platzi, I had the opportunity to teach some English classes, and it was so rewarding to see some of my students get great programming jobs at big tech companies. One student even told me that he lives in Japan now. Maybe we can visit him once we鈥檙e over there.

  • Esteban:* Definitely! I鈥檓 always happy to meet different Platzi students and talk about life. They鈥檙e always super open-minded people. - Luisa:* Absolutely, and that would be a great opportunity to practice our Spanish as well.

  • Esteban: Absolutely! Well then, 銇裤倱銇仌銈撱佷竴绶掋伀闋戝嫉銈娿伨銇椼倗銇嗭紒(Minna San, isshou ni ganbarimashou)

  • Luisa: What did you just say?

  • Esteban: Haha It鈥檚 鈥淟et鈥檚 do our best!鈥, that鈥檚 what I said.

  • Melanie: All right! 銇亜锛(Hai)

A partir de esta conversaci贸n entre Luisa, Melanie y Esteban, intenta responder las siguientes preguntas:

  • What should you do when you get a business card in Japan?
  • What is "Keigo" and why is it important?
  • Who is the person that the team is going to meet up with in Japan?

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Contribuci贸n creada por: Kevin Fiorentino (Platzi Contributor).

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-What are you most excited to use your English for? Do you want to travel? At this moment, one of the most attractive things that English has is that in my country, Colombia, it helps me to improve my salary, and with this helps I can be a little bit closer to several goals that I have. Having clear my priorities, I believe that my second plan if it can be trip to country that has English like main language, I am not sure that it country be US because of my point of view, I think that is a country that has a lot of exigencies to allow us within.

-Have you been practicing English with native speakers? So far, it has been complicated because in my life I haven鈥檛 one person that can speak English with me to put it in practice but I would love it. Although, two days ago, I had a job interview where I was willing to receive 鈥渘o鈥 as an answer if it was necessary but I wanted to test me and to surprise me, the director was native the EEUU. By the end of the job interview he recognised that he was surprised because to be my first performance with someone else I have good abilities, and I am very proud of that because all that I know from this language it has been learnt in this amazing platform with much hard work. At this moment I am waiting for my medic exams and to start with my first experience in English. Thanks very much Platzi.

-Do you think you will learn another language after English? If so, what strategies will you be using to keep improving? Yes, I believe that after that I can master this language, I would love to learn French because France is a country that has very good opinions from many people and it makes it irresistible.

I am so excited to use my English to get to know new cultures, new people, and of course, new traditions.
I have talked to native speakers. It鈥檚 great, but once it鈥檚 over because you did it, though while you鈥檙e doing it, you feel pressure.
I am currently learning French at Smart in Colombia the strategies that have helped me are the same that I used while learning English, such as: Turning the language of your devices to the one you鈥檙e learning, watching all the series in French, listening to a lot of videos, podcasts, and interviews to learn vocabulary that is used in a daily basis. And clearly to improve your pronunciation: PRACTICE

Basically, they are planning the next business trip to Japan, and they are very excited because they can meet new people, see a different culture and learn a little bit about Japan as well. It鈥檚 important to expand our network and learn about other markets to increase our value as people and as professionals.

* What should you do when you get a business card in Japan? Take some time to admire the desing. * What is "Keigo" and why is it important? The forma version of Japanese. * Who is the person that the team is going to meet up with in Japan? A Platzi student.

Sumarizing the Roleplay

Some good news appeared. The company will do some business with a Japanese company, so the team will be traveling to Japan to set everything up. The team talked about important cultural customs. Starting with how important is it to take your time to admire, appreciate, and read the business card. Also, they should use 鈥淜eigo鈥 when speaking at the business meeting since it is a more formal version of Japanese, usually used in important meetings. The team kept talking about how excited they were about traveling to Japan, being this a new goal achieved for them personally. Finally, they mentioned how important is to learn the language and how they had learned English and Spanish, leading the conversation to talk about a Platzi student that lived in Japan and that they could visit once they鈥檙e in Japan.

What are you most excited to use your English for?

I鈥檓 mainly excited to use my English to communicate with foreign people in contexts such as working and traveling. I鈥檓 very interested in transmitting my ideas and technical and soft skills to help a startup grow up, helping all kinds of people throughout the globe.

Have you been practicing English with native speakers?

I haven鈥檛 had the opportunity to interact face-to-face with native speakers. However, I do have practiced my English with native people on social media, video games, and forums. Furthermore, I plan to visit Monserrate one of these days. It鈥檚 well known that Monserrate is one of the most touristic places in Bogot谩, therefore it can be easier to run into foreign people, and luckily English speakers.

Do you think you will learn another language after English?

For now, I have my goals clearly settled. I want to become a Web Developer. So, learning English it鈥檚 fundamental to achieving it. Apart from English, I don鈥檛 think I will learn another language soon, as I also plan to learn how to play the piano once I get a job as a Developer

Let鈥檚 Practice:
What are you most excited to use your English for? Do you want to travel?

  • At this moment my priority is use my English for get a good job, because I need to save some money, later I will have working in a big project and this consists in travel to other places and meet people to differents cultures.

Have you been practicing English with native speakers?

  • Unfortunately I didn鈥檛 have the opportunity to speak my English with native speaker, but I hope one day I will spend time with new people how I can talk in English with confidence.

Do you think you will learn another language after English? If so, what strategies will you be using to keep improving?

  • Ofcourse I will learn another language in a future, I think my strategi will have live in other country and spend time of my live with natives, another language who I want to learn is portugues.

Melanie, Estebana and Luisa are excited and happy for having a new client in Japan, and also are ready for new challenges, They talk about the new things they will have to learn, for examples they will have to learn new etiquette in order to treat with respect any person in Japan. Also the want to meet up with a Platzi student that, actually lives in Japan.

What are you most excited to use English for? Do you want to travel?

I鈥檓 excited for using English not only to travel, but also for meeting with knew people and culture.

Have you been practicing English with native speakers?
Not so much, but I鈥檓 up for new challenges!

Do you think you will learn another language after you will learn another language after English? If so what strategies will you be using to keep improving?
Of course I will!, To keep imrpoving I will be speaking with native speakers more.

  • Resumen del role play

Melanie told her partners that they will have business relationships with a company in Japan. They excited about it and started talking about how important it is for their company. They were also nervous about learn a new language like Japanese because they have to speak correctly to avoid offend someone, because manners are really important to Japanese people.
Esteban said that he had been studying Japanese, even Keigo and explained Luisa what keigo is. Luisa said that she doesn鈥檛 know anything about Japanese but she went to Colombia to learn Spanish and worked there with platzi giving some English lessons. She also said that one of her students live in Japan and maybe they can visit him.
Also, Luisa asked them about the most important things to care about when interacting with the japanese, and Melanie told her two important things:

  • Read and appreciate a business card when she received it, treat it as if it would be gold, and don鈥檛 put it into the pocket because that鈥檚 offensive

  • Present yourself saying 鈥淗ajimemashite鈥 along with your name and credentials and offer your business card.

Additionally, they talked about an experience that they had working with a London company. They mentioned how Londoners used 鈥渟hall鈥 for appoint tasks and almost for everything. Then, Esteban compared that formal english London with Keigo, and Luisa supposed that Keigo should be similar to that.
Finally, the concluded the importance of learning japanese and the possibility of visiting the Luisa鈥檚 student.

  • What are you most excited to use your English for? Do you want to travel?

I want to learn and improve my English for the opportunity to get international jobs and, also, be able to travel to USA.

  • Have you been practicing English with native speakers?

Yes! I鈥檝e been practicing English with the husband of a relative, who is a native speaker and both live in the USA, and I had the chance to speak with citizens of Arkansas when I travelled there to visit my relative.

  • Do you think you will learn another language after English? If so, what strategies will you be using to keep improving?

Yes, I want to learn Italian. I was thinking of using duolingo and practice with people who learn the language in that online platform.

They are excited with the new oportunity and they are establish their new priority: learn a lot fo Japan, and of course thingys of the language

-What are you most excited to use your english for? Do you want travel?: its hard to think but in the same time it is not鈥 i want talk with someone who talks english to prove how ive improved, see if i could hold a conversation and other things, answering the question if i wanna travel? yes i want, i have it on mind i have so many places and countries i dont know exactly where i might travel but im learning and improving english hence its quite probably ill go to US first, but for now ill just wait to it.
-hmm yes and no鈥 what i mean? well i have been talked with someone english native speakers but just a few sentences, not yet a whole conversation but i really like have one, speaking english with someone native makes me shy鈥 just because i dont believes in my skills, i need be more confident.
-yes i will, i like the japanese culture and his world, like 2 yeas ago i have been started watching anime, videovlogs about that country and other things related i love many things of japan and the day today i been practice the japanese language singing, listening, watching and repeating words and sentences that i understand cause i search what it means, anyway the main point is: after learn the
english language i will learn the japanese one. (in the last text i told what strategies i will use to learn japanese, except that i should do a platzi course either).

Useful Vocabulary


  • As though: Como si

  • Deal: Trato

  • Customs: Costumbres

Throughout the meeting there were three exited people talking about a great opportunity they had to travel to Japan and make bussiness with a company there, they were talking about how important it is to learn obviusly Japenese and people鈥檚 customs in that country beforehand they could end up offending any person there.

It鈥檚 quite a challenge to learn japanese, for sure!

What makes me most excited about learning English is that it allows me to connect with people all around the world. Given that my dream is to travel around the world, I know English is pretty important for this.
Sometimes I have practiced English with native speakers in apps like Hellotalk and I made so many friends! The most interesting part was exchanging cultural aspects from my country and learning from theirs.
I also learn Chinese. It is pretty hard, and I lose motivation. But, it is a culture that I want to know more about, and I will keep learning. Sometimes I try to review Chinese in apps like Duolingo in order to not forget what I have learned.

Role play鈥檚 summary.

This role play was about a conversation between some coworkers about the new business relation with a Japanese Company. They are so excited and they reflect on some of the cultural shocks they will face with this new experience. They start talking about Japanese customs such as the language, the bussiness manners, formal language, and so on. They also talk about some of their personal intercultural experiences and how important it is to respect and learn about other cultures

The role play outlines are that they now have business with Japanese clients, and they talk about what they need to do to avoid offending and respecting their culture.

I have been studying English for 6 six years, but just the last year I began to study seriously on Platzi. I have been improved a lot, a think that my strength is listening and my weakness is speaking. So I tried to practice every day, as a developer I use English a lot and if I want a better job, I have to communicate in English better than I do.
I would like to travel to Asian, I know that in many countries there, English is not the official language but I鈥檓 sure that there will be some one that speaking English there.
I didn鈥檛 have the opportunity to practice with native speakers, that is something that I have to do if I want learning English faster.
Portuguese is another language that I would like to learn, because some day I would like to take a vacations in Brazil

There was a meeting that the head of the team comunicate that they鈥檙e gonna go to japan for a businness trip, they spoke of the traditons in japan and they must be very careful with the traditon so nobody be offended, aparantly the man speaks very well in Japanese and the lady in the rigth bearly can understand, also made plans for the time free when they will be in Japan

Learn a third language, I think, could be easier. Depending what language, of course. But if I would like to learn, for example, Italian, I would build a learning routine similar I have currently with English.

  • What are you most excited to use your English for? Do you want to travel?
    First of all, I am improving my English because I want to prepare to apply for job interviews. Requirements for some jobs are to speak or write English, and when I participated in English interviews, I didn麓t speak fluently. Second, It has passed almost ten years since I studied English. I would like to speak and write English like in those years, It麓s so important to speak a second language. Finally, I would like to travel to Europe, many of this countries has English like main language.
  • Have you been practicing English with native speakers?
    Actually, I don麓t have the opportunity to practice English with native Speakers, I have workshops once a week to practice speaking, but all participants are from different places in Latin America.
  • Do you think you will learn another language after English? If so, what strategies will you be using to keep improving?
    Nowadays, my goal is to learn English, I want to do well, and I don麓t have much time to sign up for another class. Maybe next year, after finishing English and some Crehana courses.

I wanna use my english for travel around all the world, be able to communicate with people of diferents countries, and make business with them without language barriers

  • You should tear the business card as if it were made of gold, you should take the time to read it and appreciate the design.
  • Keigo, is a formal version of the Japanese language that is used in business.
  • They鈥檙e going to meet with a Platzi student who lives there.
    This role-play is about the new work location that the company is going to have in Japan. what they should study in order to learn more about how the culture works, and how to interact in a business environment. Besides they talk about the differences among other cultures when they have to use formal business expressions, and how depending on the global location the expressions can change.
  • The role play was about the new business in Japan that is coming in the following months, so they must prepare and be ready for formal situations. Not only, technical stuffs, but also formal Japanese ways to speak.
  • I think English is the gateway for better opportunities in our personal and professional life.
  • Yes, a lot of time. I used to work for an international NGO based on Belgium. So I worked along with many different people from all over the word.
    One key thing I learn during this period is that the accent is very different from each region. Sometimes, it can be challenging because it is so hard to understand other coworkers. Yet, the more you practice and talk to them, the more you understand.
  • For sure!
    After I will have gotten an English certificate, I will study German. And later on Japanese.
    Those languages are so interesting.

They are excited, because their meeting is about the announcement of working overseas in Japan. They are discusing about what will be the proper manners of behave once they meet their japanese business partners, for example how to react when they receive a busisness card, the cloths they need to wear and the language skills they need to learn, like keigo. And also they discuss about the coleage they will meet when they arrive in Japan, wich is a Platzi Student.

Besides the ability to listen and experience american english culture and interacting with many people around the globe, i want to learn english to be able to travel and work everywere. I had not been able to interact with english speakers recently, but i hope do that in the future. Besides learning ensligh I want to learn how to speak japanese, because I love japanese culture. What i do, is just take 10-15 minutes of practice everyday remembering the most common words in japanese, and eventually these words get stuck in my mind.

  • What are you most excited to use your English for?

I want to use my English to share the gospel in different countries, knowing people, make new connectios with the world.

  • Have you been practicing English with native speakers?

Yes, I have been practicing English with my church鈥檉riends, they are from United States.
And I am using an app called HelloTalk, there you interchange knowledge with native english speakers that want to learn Spanish.

  • Do you think you will learn another language after English? if so, what strategies will you be using to keep improving?

Yes, I do, I want to learn Russian and Hebrew, I have two strategies in mind right now and it will to practice a lot no matter how many errors I make, and do not be ashamed of it, becuase that the worst and usual mistakes that learners make.

The team of a company was giving news about the opportunity of doing bussiness in Japan, they were so excited for it, they talked about Keigo. A super formal version of the language for bussiness, and a particular mistake that foreigns make while they are in Japan, when someone give them a presentation card, they inmediatly put it into the pocket without taking the time to read it and admire the design of it.

They also talk about a student from Platzi that is living in Japan, and may they will visit him.

  • What should you do when you get a bussiness card in Japan?

You should treat it as if it were made of gold, one mistake that foreigners make in Japan, is that they put the card directly into their pocket, instead of taking the time to read it and appreciate the design.

  • What is Kegio and why is it important?

**It鈥檚 a super fomal version of the lenguage, and it is used in Japanesse bussiness, and you have talk it all the time during bussiness.
**

  • Who is the person that the team is going to meet up with in Japan?

**A platzi student that Luisa says lives in Japan now.
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鈥撀燬ummarize:

It鈥檚 about a good new that Melanie was about to tell Esteban and Luisa: They鈥檙e going to work with a japanese company. All of them were excited about this, but Luisa was a little worried because of her lack of knowledge about the language and Japan culture. Melanie told Luisa that, when someone give her a business card, she need to appreciate it, look at the design, read it, before saving it in the pocket.
Another point was the 鈥渒eigo鈥, the formal japanese language.

鈥撀燱hat are you most excited to use your English for? Do you want to travel?

In my actual job, I need to travel sometimes to the USA, and I wanted to feel more comfortable when talking English there. Sometimes I don鈥檛 understand cause almost all the people talk too fast.

鈥撀燞ave you been practicing English with native speakers?

No, i have not done it with native speakers, but my girlfriend speaks English very well and sometimes she helps me with this speaking activity.

鈥 Do you think you will learn another language after English? If so, what strategies will you be using to keep improving?

Probably I鈥檒l continue learning French. I already have te basis, and I would like to follow that path.

  1. SUMMARY:
    Melanie, Esteban and Luisa were excited because their company is officially going to be doing business with a company in Japan next year.
    It means that their company would be able to start focusing on expanding internationally and reaching different markets.
    They would have to learn Keigo and the right Japanese business etiquette so as not to offend our new colleagues.
    Keigo is a super formal version of the Japanese language. Once they get to Japan, they would have to speak in Keigo all the time, besides for when they were talking to their friends.
    They said that It was similar to the use of shall in formal English or to the dynamic between the Spanish from Latin America and the Spanish from Spain.
    Finally, they thought that this experience would help them grow as people and learn more about how to be good global citizens.
  2. What are you most excited to use your English for? Do you want to travel?
    Yes, I would like to travel, but I would also like to work in a technological company where English is spoken.
  3. Have you been practicing English with native speakers?
    I have not practiced with natives but I have practiced with English teachers.
  4. Do you think you will learn another language after English? If so, what strategies will you be using to keep improving?
    Yes, I really like Portuguese. I did courses in Platzi from Portugues.
    I think that to improve my Portuguese I have to read many books in Portuguese. Because you can understand Portuguese but things are said differently to Spanish.