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Cultural Training in Puerto Rico: Global Perceptions Offers the Whole Package

Are you new to Puerto Rico? Have you participated in a cultural training program yet? If so, your cultural training experience likely consisted of theoretical knowledge about one of the many cultural adaptation models, basic tourist information, and some highlights of the host country. When the adaptation program was over, did you feel any more comfortable or confident about living in Puerto Rico? Major corporations invest thousands of dollars in your adjustment process, yet most people walk away from those cultural training programs without the practical knowledge that they need to deal with the day-to-day life.                                      

What if there were a company that not only offered a more application-oriented cultural training program than that mentioned above, but also assisted you with establishing your phone, cable or electric service, getting your driver’s license or buying a car, finding service professionals like doctors, dentists, hair stylists or housekeepers, obtaining government documents, making appointments, and provided on-going coaching services? You’re in luck! Global Perceptions, your Puerto Rico Relocation Specialist, offers this and more. We don’t believe in leaving you high and dry post-cultural training. Instead, we are there to assist you through every step of the challenging adaptation process. Whether you need a little or a lot of help, our staff welcomes the opportunity to help you through this cultural transition.

Not a Spanish speaker? We can help with that too! Our innovative Spanish-language curriculum is custom-designed with the individual and his/her specific needs in mind. We help you get around town, make formal business presentations, and everything in between. You will learn at your pace from bilingual education professionals who are committed to your progress.

There you have it! Global Perceptions is your relocation solution in Puerto Rico because we offer the Whole Package. We will be there with you every step of the way!

If you have been through a cultural training program, but still feel lost in Puerto Rico, contact Global Perceptions today by calling 787.455.7764 or visiting www.globalperceptions.net

Back-to-school Spanish Tutoring from Global Perceptions

 

 

Help your child feel comfortable and confident with private Spanish tutoring from Global Perceptions!

 

 

It’s back to school time across Puerto Rico! It’s an exciting time for you and your child! If your child, however, has never attended a school in Puerto Rico, going back to school can be daunting. Your child may ask, “Will anyone be my friend? Where will I sit in the lunch room? What if I get lost? What if my teacher is mean?” These are normal responses. After a couple of weeks in the new school, your child will know how to navigate the system, where to sit, and will begin developing friendships with other students.

Once your child begins to adjust, you may still be wondering “How will my child communicate with classmates if s/he doesn’t speak Spanish?” This is an important issue and unfortunately requires much more adjustment time than your child’s other concerns. You may opt to avoid that issue altogether by registering your child in English-language schools. There students are welcomed by English speaking teachers, staff, and classmates. But even in those schools what happens between classes, at lunchtime or at recess? Many of native students in those schools grew up speaking Spanish at home and therefore, are accustomed to playing in Spanish. They speak English quite well in class, but when outside of class, they revert to Spanish or a combination of Spanish and English. In this crucially important social setting, how will my child fare? How will my child develop the friendships that s/he needs to adjust to this new school and culture?

The answer is simple! Enroll your student in private Spanish tutoring sessions with one of the bilingual education professionals at Global Perceptions. Our innovative curriculum can be custom-designed to fit the specific needs of your student no matter if s/he is 5 or 15. We offer age-appropriate study sessions, games, and crafts that help your student master basic Spanish skills needed to survive and thrive in everyday kid-friendly situations. Your child will have fun while learning about the language and culture of Puerto Rico!

 

Contact your Puerto Rico Relocation Specialist NOW to find out about back-to-school offers including FREE CONSULTATIONS until September 15, 2012. Visit www.globalperceptions.net or call 787.455.7764 TODAY!

¿Quieres abrir puertas en el 2012? ¡Aprende ingles!

Hablar ingles te abre muchas puertas. Hablarlo te da mejores oportunidades en el mundo de negocios, tecnología, estudios, y más. Sin poder hablar ingles, te limitarás a lograr tus metas personales y profesionales.

Hablar ingles te abre la puerta del conocimiento. Cualquier información que buscas está disponible en ingles. Estudios hallan que 80% de la información disponible por Internet está escrita en ingles. No importa si te interesan los deportes, psicología, finanzas, o música, tienes toda la información en tus manos si hablas ingles. También puedes saber qué pasa en otros países por poder leer periódicos y revistas en línea.

Hablar ingles te abre la puerta de hacer negocios en otros países. Por eso es importantísimo que los profesionales dominen ingles. Cuando estés buscando empleo te ayudará que sepas ingles, porque un 80% de los empleos profesionales ese es el primer requisito. Los salarios de las personas que hablan ingles ganan alrededor de 30% más que los que no hablan ingles. ¡Obviamente vale la pena aprender ingles!

Hablar ingles te abre la puerta de la tecnología. Cuando compras un equipo electrónico como computadoras, cameras o teléfonos celulares, encuentras que el manual está escrito en ingles. Muchas veces hay una sección escrita en español pero no es tan fácil entenderla porque está traducida literalmente del ingles. Si hablas ingles puedes entender las instrucciones sin problema. También puedes entender programas, canciones, y películas hechos en ingles.

Hablar ingles te abre la puerta de la comunicación. Si quieres comunicar con personas de otras partes del mundo, el ingles te ayuda. Ya que 700 millones de personas hablan ingles como su segundo o tercer idioma, si añades las 500 millones de personas que lo hablan como lengua nativa, puedes llegar a más de un billón de hablantes de ingles. ¡Piensas en lo que puedes aprender de parte de ellos y qué tú puedes compartir con ellos si ambas partes hablan ingles!

Hablar ingles te abre la puerta del viajar. Con el avance de la tecnología, puedes viajar a cualquier parte del mundo en muy poco tiempo. El ingles te ayuda en este esfuerzo porque no importa donde estás, hay alguien quien te puede ayudar si hablas ingles. En un banco, en los restaurantes, o en cualquier aeropuerto del mundo, es más probable que puedes comunicar en ingles con la gente que en su idioma nativo. Puedes viajar sin miedo si hablas ingles.

¡Aprovecha el año 2012 para abrir las puertas! ¡Aprende ingles en 2012! Llama hoy al 787.455.7764 o envía un correo electrónico al clasesdeingles@globalperceptions.net. Consultas GRATIS hasta el 10 de febrero.

 

 

¡Aprende a hablar inglés en Puerto Rico con la Dra. J!

 La Dra. J es una mujer norteamericana del MidWest.  En 1995 comenzó a ofrecer clases de inglés en todos los niveles estudiantiles.  A través de los años, ha ayudado a personas de diferentes partes del mundo a mejorar sus destrezas de inglés de varias formas y maneras.

En el año 2006 se mudó a Puerto Rico, y desde entonces ha continuado dando clases en la Universidad de Puerto Rico y a domicilio, trabajando con ejecutivos, estudiantes, y cualquier otra persona dispuesta a aprender el idioma inglés.  La Dra. J disfruta ver cómo estas personas mejoran su nivel de vida a través de sus destrezas con el inglés.  Estas clases han ayudado a estos estudiantes a pasar satisfactoriamente el examen TOEFL, graduarse de la universidad, mudarse a los EEUU y a alcanzar otras metas personales, como por ejemplo trabajos a nivel federal.

¿Cómo es que sus estudiantes han alcanzado tantas metas?  Primero, la Dra. J evalúa cada persona para saber a qué nivel se encuentra y cuáles son sus intereses y metas.  Luego, ella diseña un currículo, por temas de interés del cliente, para lograr estas metas.  Estas clases privadas proveen a cada persona la oportunidad de desarrollar sus destrezas y practicar con una experta en la materia.  La Dra. J puede ayudar tanto en destrezas de inglés conversacional, escrito o comprensivo, todo esto sin importar el nivel de conocimiento de la persona.  Ella lleva a la persona paso a paso, a su ritmo, reforzando los temas de interés señalados anteriormente.

Además, la Dra. J sabe lo difícil que es aprender otro idioma.  Cuando llegó a Puerto Rico tuvo muchos problemas para hablar español con los puertorriqueños, y aún más para comprenderlos, pero a través del tiempo se ha adaptado al idioma español.  Por eso ella entiende muy bien qué quiere decir cuando comete un error al hablarlo, y puede explicar la razón por decirlo así.

¡No dejes pasar otro año sin aprender inglés! Toma la decisión de salir de la vida cotidiana y atreverte a enfrentarte a una vida con más oportunidades. ¡Aprende inglés hoy! Sé parte de los billones de personas del mundo que hablan inglés como primer, segundo o tercer idioma.  ¡Matricúlate en las clases con la Dra. J, y toma el primer paso hacia un 2012 lleno de nuevas oportunidades!

¡Aprende ingles en 2012! Llama hoy al 787.455.7764 o envía un correo electrónico al clasesdeingles@globalperceptions.net. Consultas GRATIS hasta el 10 de febrero.

 


Ten Tips for Relocating to Puerto Rico

Legally Puerto Ricans are Americans, but culturally the country and people are quite different from the mainland. People who come to Puerto Rico thinking that their experience will mirror living at home just because they see Walgreen’s on every corner and can shop at JCPenney, Kmart or Home Depot soon discover that they are mistaken. Puerto Rico is a different country and those relocating to Puerto Rico should recognize that. Spanish is the dominant language, rice and beans are the main dishes, and radio stations play everything from salsa to reggaeton to ballads. The differences don’t end there. Want to be better prepared for your cultural transition to Puerto Rican life? Start with these 10 tips!

  1. Be open-minded and flexible.
  2. Do your research. Read about the history and political situation on the island.
  3. Read between the lines. Learn to recognize when yes means yes and when it really means no.
  4. Learn to be patient because you will wait in line.
  5. Don’t expect to accomplish as much in a day as you would in the States. It will only frustrate you.
  6. Don’t bring valuable furniture, artwork, or photos. The humidity can ruin them.
  7. Learn to expect the unexpected while driving.
  8. Explore beyond the shore.Puerto Rico offers much more than beaches.
  9. Don’t procrastinate. Pay bills, buy groceries, and take care of household items ahead of time.
  10. Start taking Spanish classes shortly after arrival. Even if you speak some Spanish, you will likely struggle simply because the Spanish spoken in Puerto Rico is challenging even for native Spanish-speakers.

These tips will prepare you for the everyday situations that you will encounter while relocating to Puerto Rico; however, keep in mind that each person has his or her own experience upon arrival. Tips like these can make your relocation experience smoother, but they do not take the place of actually relocating to Puerto Rico. Talk with locals and non-Puerto Ricans about their experiences living in Puerto Rico. Find out what suggestions they have. Listen and learn from them. There will likely be moments of frustration, but if you keep focusing on the positive and take good care of yourself, you will enjoy all that Puerto Rico has to offer.

To register for your FREE copy of the upcoming DVD “Getting Your Feet Wet: Top Ten Tips for Adjusting to Puerto Rico,” go right now to Global Perceptions on Facebook. 

Expatriate Life in Puerto Rico: Focusing on the Positive

“It’s so hot!” “It takes forever to do anything around here!” “They drive like maniacs!” “Why can’t they pick up their trash?”

After a month in Puerto Rico, these are common statements I hear from expatriates. Although common, they are disheartening. I am not a native Puerto Rican, but I have lived here long enough to be hurt by such comments. More disheartening is that the negative comments outweigh the positive comments. If you find yourself focusing on the negative during your stay in Puerto Rico, consider the following tips to concentrate on the positive.

  1. Go out! Sitting at home is not good for your physical or mental health. Leave the house. Plan to visit a local beach or explore further into the island. Caves, horseback riding trails, golf courses, coffee plantations, and more await you!
  2. Make new friends. Talk with your neighbors or other expatriates. They have information you need and can offer support. Make the effort to meet local people even if a language barrier exists. You’ll be amazed at how much you can communicate through a combination of verbal and nonverbal cues.
  3. Get involved. Find a group that supports causes similar to yours. Join a book club or a gym. Volunteer at the local humane society or Red Cross chapter. Try something you’ve never done before! Take tennis or golf lessons; learn to play an instrument. In Puerto Rico there’s something for everyone so get involved!
  4. Enroll in Spanish classes. Many Puerto Ricans understand English, but their verbal skills are less developed, making conversation difficult. Learn how to find what you’re looking for, how to handle emergency situations, and general vocabulary in Spanish. Doors will open for you and Puerto Ricans will appreciate the effort.
  5. Embrace new traditions. Because of the influence of the United States, many of the same holidays are celebrated in Puerto Rico. However, local traditions for these holidays prevail. On July Fourth you may or may not see a fireworks display depending on the political affiliation of your local mayor. Christmas is celebrated, but Three Kings Day (January 6th) is more important to locals. Work these new holidays into your traditions. Invite others to your home and ask them to bring their favorite holiday food to share. Establish new ways of celebrating time-honored customs.
  6. Search for learning opportunities. Watch what others do; listen to them. Talk to them and learn. Make each moment about what you can learn about the culture and people. Ask questions too. The knowledge you can obtain through observation is surprising and will help you understand the culture better.
  7. Maintain positive thoughts. Start by sleeping regularly, eating a balanced diet, and getting plenty of exercise. While out, notice the colorful orchids stretching out from the trees in your neighborhood. Enjoy the warm sunshine as it spreads across the golden sands. Find a special place that you and your family enjoy going to and make a habit of visiting regularly. Avoid generalizing and stereotyping. Instead, focus on all the good that is around you.

For additional information on relocating to Puerto Rico and to register for your FREE COPY of the upcoming DVD, “Getting Your Feet Wet: Top Ten Tips for Adjusting to Puerto Rico,” go now to Global Perceptions on Facebook. 

Top Five Reasons to Learn Puerto Rican Spanish from a Native English Speaker

My family moved (AGAIN!) the summer before eighth grade, forcing me, a 13-year old girl at the time, to try to fit into yet another school and community. It wasn’t easy, but I’m so glad we made that move now when I look back because the new school only had one foreign language option—Spanish. I had already started taking French classes prior to the move, but now decided that I would add Spanish too. I continued studying both Spanish and French in high school and college. After obtaining my Ph.D., I made the move to San Juan, Puerto Rico where I immediately put my vast knowledge of book Spanish to the test. There was just one problem with this. Book Spanish is NOT the same as practical, everyday Spanish. And Puerto Rican Spanish is even more different than what was in the books. I began to seriously doubt whether I was ever going to be able to communicate effectively in my new home. Luckily for me, I’m a very determined woman and wasn’t going to let this stop me from getting the most out of my Puerto Rico experience.

To get to where I am today, I made a lot of mistakes, got lost numerous times, and paid more than I should have on several occasions. After more than five years, I have reached a point where I can speak fluently with natives and have them ask me how I can possibly speak Spanish so well. It’s comforting to know that they approve of and appreciate my efforts. Now I use my experiences to teach other non-Spanish speakers to speak local Spanish so that they can complete daily tasks with minimal stress.

So why should you take Spanish classes with me versus a native Spanish speaker? I’ll give you five reasons!

  1. I have been in your shoes and know the feelings that you’re experiencing.
  2. I know the mistakes that English speakers make when speaking Spanish and can help you avoid them.
  3. I can explain things in ways that you understand using examples from English.
  4. I provide speaking opportunities with someone like you so that you can build your confidence.
  5. You need practice, not perfection!

To take advantage of your FREE, no obligation consultation, call me at 787.455.7754 or send an email to jparenteau@globalperceptions.net. Hurry! Free consultations last until January 31, 2012!


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