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Ahorita is another word for ‘indefinite time’. It derives from the word ahora, which literally means: now. Mexican people tend to use ‘ita’ (feminine) or ‘ito’ (masculine) after a word: this is used as a diminutive. In Mexico, it’s important to be aware of the following rule: the more diminutives are being used, the more indefinite time will be. Ahorita has a lot of different meanings to express time. It may mean within two minutes, but it may also mean half a day, or (oh yes!) never.
How about the YA part in Ahorita YA? Ya also means ‘now’. Here I present to you the connection between Mexican culture and misunderstandings that may exist when you are a foreigner in Mexico, seen from a Dutch point of view. Literally, it thus says: now now. Because, when a Dutch person says ‘now’, he means to say and to do so. Many times in contrast to the acts of a Mexican. This can lead to hilarious and frustrating moments, where I learn and am able to guide (new) businesses and expats.
My name is Debbie Vorachen and I’m a Dutch Cultural Anthropologist (MA) specialised in Intercultural Communication, writer, tour guide and English/Spanish teacher.
Are you doing business in Mexico or are there a lot of international people in your team? Consider Ahorita YA’s cross cultural training. We also offer language courses (English and Spanish). A training includes a free needs assessment before the start of the actual training, and consultancy afterwards via Skype, email of telephone.
[all trainings available in English, Spanish or Dutch]
Objectives of the training
Understand Mexican (business) culture
Understand different cultures of today’s world
Obtain knowledge about one’s own culture
Communicate confidently and more effectively with international contacts
Minimise misunderstandings and problems that come from intercultural communication
*Additional objectives for tailored trainings
One day (4-6 hours) session
Small groups – maximum 20 participants
All programs are tailored to your needs
Certificate of attendance
Benefits for your business
The training will help your team:
To promote effective communication
To encourage confidence
To break down cultural barriers
To motivate and to build trust
To learn about themselves
To open up their horizon
Ahorita YA also offers 1:1 business or personal sessions, ideal for people who would like to/are going to start a business or live in Mexico. As a Cultural Anthropologist specialised in Intercultural Communication (MA) I can help you to:
- Deal with cultural differences at work and in everyday life
- Assist you in doubts and questions about (living in) Mexico
- Feel confident and comfortable in your new home
[all sessions are available in English, Spanish or Dutch]
Ahorita YA also offers:
English (basic – intermediate – advanced – business) classes
Basic – intermediate – advanced – business English courses for groups
We offer personal service and adjust all classes and material to your level. Self-study and personal classes available (in person or via Skype). First session is free! For more information: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
I learned a lot during the basic Spanish classes. What I particularly liked was the unconventional way of teaching. The combination of daily life examples and how we had to interact with one another a group helped me in learning the language. It was a great group and a very relaxed way to learn.
Debbie teaches Spanish in a creative and enthusiastic way. You learn a lot in her classes, which are a lot of fun because of the variety. She provides personal teaching, adjusts the class to the level of her students and provides good material. A Spanish class from Debbie is worth every penny! Debbie thank you and I hope to see you again sometime!
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