As I wrap up another year of Open Enrollment and all the chaos that has ensued, I have to seriously consider if I want to take on the challenge of a Spanish for business course.
While I have strong feelings about English in the work place (definitely another post), I can’t help but feel I’m not helping my employees enough because some of them have a definite language barrier.
I have tried to learn Spanish in the past. I will say, when I worked in the restaurant industry when I arrived in CA, many moons ago, my Spanish was the best it ever was. You can’t work in CA restaurants and not pick up some Spanish; it’s near impossible.
Alas, time is not my friend and has erased much of the Latin-based language that used to roll off my tongue as easily as a trilled “r”. When I attempt to remember how to say certain Spanish phrases, I feel like I’m speaking like a child. I know a four-year old has better grammar than I do. I miss words, context, etc. Heck, I’m lucky if they get the gist of what I’m trying to convey.
I know what’s holding me back, besides money, is my lack of ability to practice. I know I’m a perfectionist and I don’t want to sound unintelligent when I’m speaking with employees. I’m still considering a course or two. It can’t hurt and if I can make my employees understand the importance of what is required of them, while accurately informing them of their options, so they can make an informed decisions about their health-care, then I should be willing to give it the old-college-try, right?
To learn or not to learn? That is the real question!