Lee aquí la
historia de la empresa en la cual vas a
trabajar durante 15 días.
Realiza todas las
actividades de cada día de trabajo y
consulta las respuestas.
tu examen final únicamente cuando hayas
completado las 15 lecciones de este curso.
In this first step, you will read carefully the presentation of this
unit (phrasal verbs have been highlighted in yellow). A full
glossary below will help you understand it better. To get
information in Spanish, just place the arrow of your mouse on any
highlighted word without clicking.
Much emphasis is placed by the
on Japan's economic success and on the growing Japanese presence in
the world economy.
Two days after the official opening of the new factory extension, Mr.
Grant read that a Japanese government office was moving to a new
building in a few months.
In addition, he was also informed that two Japanese
private companies in expansion were in the process of building three
big new office blocks near Tokyo.
It is important
to point out that Hector
Grant became really impressed with John Martin's performance in the
Habrakan market. Therefore, he called him and suggested that he
should travel to Japan this time.
The sales manager
couldn't believe his ears and, of
course, he wanted to get the order for Harper & Grant and
furnish all the new offices with
the brand new desk range, the Standfirm. And Mr. Grant wanted to
capture, at least, that big contract to supply the bigger government
office with their successful furniture range and accesories.
What is more, Harper & Grant also run an office
design service, so as well as
supplying furniture they could also plan the office layout for all
those offices in Japan. And, if necessary they could
subcontract to other firms.
However, as Ms. Tomomi Moriwake, a Japanese consultant, has just
explained to Mr. Grant on the phone, it is not easy to do business
with the Japanese
unless you understand some basic
aspects of their management and
Since Hector Grant wants the negotiations to go smoothly, he thinks it
would be a good idea for John Martin
to muster up and prepare
himself for the long trip and attend a series of seminars on
Japanese culture and management given by this consultant. So, Mr.
Grant's secretary finally made a reservation for
a first-class return flight to Tokyo, and asked John to send
him an email
summarising Ms. Moriwake's
transmissions that are disseminated widely to the public (medios
de comunicación masivos: prensa, televisión, radio, etc.); in addition: furthermore (además);
to point out: to remark (resaltar, destacar);
he couldn't believe his ears: he couldn't believe the words he was
listening to(no podía creer lo que estaba escuchando);
to furnish: to provide with furniture(equipar, amueblar);
service to assist a complete office plan; when accepted Harper &
Grant buy carpets, curtains, lamps, etc. from other firms, and
charge their clients for a package deal or the complete arrangement
(servicio de diseño integral); to subcontract: to arrange for contracted work to be done by
others; also, to contract a firm who manufactures goods which
Harper & Grant do not make themselves(subcontratar servicios o materiales); unless: if not (a menos que); corporate culture: all the knowledge and values which belong to
a company or corporation (cultura empresarial o corporativa); to muster up: to collect or gather together (juntar o cobrar
coraje); to summarise (also summarize): to give a summary of
Listening for Gist
In this second step, you will listen through this conversation.
Don't worry about understanding every word they are saying. Now,
just relax, start listening to the four audio files
and try to understand the general meaning.
Click on the audios below and
to this seminar conversation.
Fundamental Principles of Japanese Management.