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If you’re planning to move to Spain or just visiting for business or pleasure, these tips are for you.

Updated: Jun 12

Here's a quick guide to help you understand how Spaniards handle work and leisure, along with some useful Spanish slang!

Work Culture

Building Relationships: In Spain, it's really important to get to know the people you work with. Trust and good relationships are key, so expect lots of face-to-face meetings and social time.

  • Tip: Spend some time chatting with your colleagues and clients. A casual coffee break can make a big difference!

Work-Life Balance: Spaniards value their personal time and believe in having a good balance between work and life. They often have longer lunch breaks, sometimes even taking a short nap (siesta).

  • Tip: Avoid scheduling meetings during lunch hours (typically 2-4 PM) to respect this custom.

Teamwork: Collaboration is very important in Spain. Decisions are often made as a group, and everyone’s input is valued.

  • Tip: Be ready to join in discussions and respect everyone’s opinions.

Flexible Schedules: While being on time is important, Spaniards also understand that schedules can be flexible, especially in creative or team settings.

  • Tip: Be open to changes in plans and go with the flow.

Party Culture

Festivals and Fiestas: Spain is famous for its many festivals and parties, like La Tomatina and Feria de Abril. These events are full of music, dancing, and traditional food.

  • Tip: Join the celebrations to really experience the local culture. Each region has its own unique festivals, so explore and enjoy!

Tapas and Socializing: Eating tapas (small plates of food) is a big part of social life in Spain. People often go from bar to bar, enjoying different tapas with friends.

  • Tip: Try different tapas and socialize with the locals. It’s all about the experience!

Nightlife: Spaniards love to party, and their nightlife is legendary. From flamenco shows to nightclubs, there’s something for everyone.

  • Tip: Don’t be surprised if the party starts late and goes on until early morning. Pace yourself and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

Cultural Events: Events like flamenco performances, traditional bullfights, and open-air concerts are great ways to experience Spanish culture.

  • Tip: Respect the traditions, even if they are different from what you’re used to. They are an important part of Spanish culture.

. Whether you’re closing a business deal or dancing the night away, Spain’s mix of work and play is sure to impress you.

No More Sounding Like a Tourist!

If you’re keen on learning Spanish or improving your business’s language training, here are some fun slang phrases from Spain that will make your conversations more lively:

  • Guay - Means "cool" or "great."

  • Example: ¡Qué guay está tu nueva oficina! (How cool is your new office!)

  • Mola - Another way to say something is cool or awesome.

  • Example: Este proyecto mola mucho. (This project is really awesome.)

  • Chaval/a - Refers to a young boy (chaval) or girl (chavala).

  • Example: Ese chaval es muy talentoso. (That young boy is very talented.)

  • Tío/Tía - Literally means "uncle" or "aunt," but used to refer to a friend.

  • Example: Tío, vamos a la playa. (Dude, let’s go to the beach.)

  • Vale - Means "okay" or "alright."

  • Example: Vale, nos vemos mañana. (Alright, see you tomorrow.)

  • Flipar - To be amazed or shocked.

  • Example: Vas a flipar con esta noticia. (You’re going to be amazed by this news.)

  • Currar - Slang for working hard.

  • Example: Hoy tengo que currar hasta tarde. (Today I have to work late.)

  • Bocata - Slang for "bocadillo," meaning sandwich.

  • Example: Me voy a comer un bocata. (I’m going to eat a sandwich.)

  • Cotilla - Someone who loves to gossip.

  • Example: Esa tía es una cotilla. (That woman is a gossip.)

  • Ir a su bola - To do your own thing.

  • Example: Siempre va a su bola. (He always does his own thing.)

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