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Nov 3, 2006 12:27 pm

How many think that speaking spanish could be a great asset for the
future with our spanish speaking population growing at the rate it

Nov 3, 2006 12:31 pm

Yes, but Chinese would be a better choice. 

Nov 3, 2006 2:03 pm

It couldn't hurt.  I will be enrolling in CE courses to complete my fluency in Spanish and will follow that up with Japanese so that I can be more effective in the spaces in which I work. 

My philosophy is that if you are able to diversify your business to the extent that you can reach more clients and increase your competitive advantage, go for it.

Nov 3, 2006 6:30 pm

Depends where you are.  I’m out in West Texas and find it helpful to know Spanish.  I doubt it would be worth much in Duluth.

Nov 3, 2006 7:51 pm

Just learn to say the word cheengow in its' many conjugations and you'll be ok.

Nov 3, 2006 8:03 pm

I wrote that down.  I'll use that to begin and end a sentence, and throw it in the middle a few times.

Nov 3, 2006 8:10 pm

A lot of firms (mutual fund companies, broker dealers, insurance companies) have sales literature and applications in Spanish.  In my geographic area it is a good thing to know some basic Spanish (shich I do), have the literature on hand and have a "friend" who can interpret if the topic gets too techincal. 

I have found that my Hispanic clients are great savers!! Very thrifty. Once you gain their confidence they are faithful to their investment savings program and loyal to you. 

I think I mentioned before a female colleague who has a good niche market in the Bay Area dealing with Chinese and Vietnamese small business owners, of which there are a lot.  It never hurts to try to find an unattended niche. If Spanish does it for you...go for it.

Nov 3, 2006 8:11 pm

It will help you win friends and influence people.

Nov 3, 2006 8:12 pm

shich =  which     Guess I need to proof read and brush up on English.

Nov 3, 2006 8:48 pm

Be careful what you wish for. This is very appropriate for this discussion. Besides, its Friday, ESSAY!

Nov 3, 2006 8:59 pm

I'm assuming that by "cheengow" you mean chinga, which can be a vulgar term in certain contexts.  That being said, I went to a fine Catholic school undergrad and we were allowed to use "Chingadera" as our intermural team name.  In this context, it's more akin to thingumajig or whatchamacallit.

I find Hispanics around here to fall generally into two categories.  The first (and most prominent) group spends every dime they make and live from paycheck to paycheck.  The second know how to save, but are very unsophisticated.  This group is fun to work with, because they need your assistance.  They tend to be tentative at first, but once trust is established B.L. is right, they are loyal and stick to the program.

Nov 5, 2006 2:20 pm

Thanks for the input. I also figure if I’m still single at 40 when I’m
a top producer I’ll go down to Columbia and get me one of those hot
little girls to bring back to the states. Hahaahaha

Nov 6, 2006 9:10 pm

I think you mean Chihuahua?

I married a Hispanic woman 3 years ago.  It was the second best decision I've ever made, the first was divorcing my first (Anglo) wife.

Nov 6, 2006 10:06 pm

Pandale, that deserves a big chinga! (please conjugate/spell correctly)

Nov 7, 2006 8:50 pm

That’s correct spelling.  However, I’m not sure it’s legal to conjugate in a public forum.

Nov 8, 2006 12:11 am

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Nov 8, 2006 7:43 pm

Me gusta mucha senioritas de venezuela.

Nov 8, 2006 7:50 pm

Verdad! Las Senoritas alla son fuega! Columbia, Brazil y Argentina tambien.

Nov 8, 2006 8:01 pm

I’m biased, but I think Hispanic women are the most beautiful in the world.  And, oh yeah, son muy fuega!

Nov 17, 2006 6:42 am


Pandale here’s one of them…it was just on page 2!