Jo Anne Cardinal

About Jo Anne Cardinal

I consider myself to be "More spanish than you... I chose this country!". I've been living in Spain more time than not, and involved with language training most of that time. I consider myself to be an extremely fortunate person. This is a place for me to share some of that experience.

There is a lot to be said about writing an email properly.

There is a lot to be said for writing an email properly.  We have many requests for specialized classes.  Perhaps it is that in English we are much more to the point, however, not direct.  My recommendations: simplify.

Let’s get our conversation started with this video, as yourself these questions previous to watching it:

What does she do for a […]

Choosing the seating for a meeting

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Have you ever been in that situation that… you just don’t know? For me, it has always depended on the attitude of the others, so it has never felt like much of a problem – except of course, that one time. That one time it didn’t feel natural, other people were undecided, so, […]

Musicals – Sharing tastes?

I don’t think my huge love of musicals is shared by… any of my friends (yes – I have friends 😉 ).  I tend to think that it’s somewhat cultural – most of the musicals I know originated in the Anglo-Saxon world.  In the past, I think it’s safe to say that not so many people spoke English, much […]

Disgruntled employees? Not here, that’s for sure!

I’ve always said that I’d hire anybody who has McDonald’s on their cv, before other candidates, and possible more qualified candidates. The work ethics are just incredible there! With so many viral videos of unhappy employees in other fast food chains, I guess I mistakenly put them into the same category. Mistake – big mistake.

This article interviews […]

Classified: Training manager financial industry

I typed: training manager financial industry into google and this is what I got. Quite different job descriptions. However, I particularly liked how it was done.
What do you think the job descriptions are for?
Would you post something similar, or vastly different?
These jobs are in Canada, and there is a constant: quite clear and concise, and all the while, they […]

What comes first, the money or the person?

When you
think about this title, what comes to mind?  Consumerism perhaps? Following your
dreams?  Never better said:  don’t get fooled by the title!  Such a lovely topic:  money. 
Well – it turns out that this study came up with some results that I
found to be extremely valid, obvious and quite frankly – surprising at the same

So – skim through
this article and […]

Brexit, gambling and the possible benefits for Spain

It seems that the world has gone mad… politics is just going – crazy! No matter what “side” you are on, no matter what conversation it is – there is no denying it.  So – when I come across a little gem like this article – full forward.  The original title varies, it speaks of the complexity of the […]

Preaching to the choir in Human Resources

I’ve got a few questions for you.  As far as I know the term “Human Resources”
is becoming extinct.  Now the titles are
much more open.  So – suffice to say,
just the title of this Ted Talk caught my eye. 
As I listened, I noticed that this speaker is an excellent speaker for
ESL students – well paced, great intonation, and her talk […]

Such rich HHRR vocabulary, Monsters Inc. never grows old!

This is a short recap of all of the scenes with what seems like a burnt out civil servant. Have you seen this movie? Don’t shy away from it due to the fact that it is seemingly for children. The entire plot takes place in a factory, and the situations may be applied to practically […]

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    Malta as the most competetive European Country? I wonder why.

Malta as the most competetive European Country? I wonder why.

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I was doing a search for an article to do with economics, competition, the Euro. This came up, and I just could not avoid it. I don’t know much of the Maltese culture, except that we work with an amazing language school there for intensive courses. I usually recommend it when someone […]