FSI - Spanish Primer for Secretaries

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Foreign Service Institute Spanish  - Image The Spanish Supplement for Secretaries is designed to aid secretaries employed in the foreign affairs community and assigned to positions in Spanish-speaking countries. The manual covers special expressions for office work and is therefore not intended as the primary language text, but rather as ancillary material.

The Supplement consists of eleven units, two preliminary ones covering cardinal numbers and the alphabet, followed by nine practice units having the following format:

I - a short dialogue
II - a series of questions on the dialogue
III - a narrative exercise on the dialogue
IV - substitution exercises based on the dialogue Parts I and IV are recorded.

The last section of this Supplement contains a list of all the words presented in the nine practice units. In full-time training courses, at the Foreign Service Institute the Supplement is introduced during the second week of study and is used for one hour per day.

Spanish also called Castilian (castellano), is a Romance language that originated in Castile, a region in Spain. There are approximately 407 million people speaking Spanish as a native language, making it the second-most-spoken language by number of native speakers after Mandarin. It also has 60 million speakers as a second language, and 20 million students as a foreign language. Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and is used as an official language by the European Union and Mercosur. Spanish is the most popular second language learned by native speakers of American English. From the last decades of the 20th century, the study of Spanish as a foreign language has grown significantly, facilitated in part because of the growing population demographics and economies of many Spanish-speaking countries, growing international tourism and the search for less expensive retirement destinations by North Americans and Europeans.

Spanish is spoken in: Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Cuba, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Paraguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Uruguay, Equatorial Guinea

Spanish is also called: Castellano, Castilian, Castillan, Español

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