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Learn job-related Spanish for Police Officers, Firefighter & EMS or Correctional Officers at your own pace and time.

Police Officers

“Tactical Spanish for Law Enforcement Officers” course is a 4+ hour self-study audio program with a Workbook.

Dual Package
Individual

Classic Format

Booklet & Audio CD
$ 180
  • Includes:
  • 196 Page Workbook
  • Full Transcript of the audio materials
  • 55 review exercises and answers
  • English/Spanish glossary
  • 4 Audio CDs
  • “Tactical Spanish Slang & Profanities” course

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$ 140
  • Includes:
  • 196 Page Workbook
  • Full Transcript of the audio materials
  • 55 review exercises and answers
  • English/Spanish glossary
  • USB
  • “Tactical Spanish Slang & Profanities” course

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Downloadable Audio and PDF Files
$ 110
  • Includes:
  • 196 Page Workbook
  • Full Transcript of the audio materials
  • 55 review exercises and answers
  • English/Spanish glossary
  • Instant Downloadable Files
  • “Tactical Spanish Slang & Profanities” course
Unit 1:
Spelling Words & Names
Unit 2:
Talking to Adults and Children
Unit 3:
Courtesy
Unit 4:
Asking Someone’s  Name
Unit 5:
Conducting a Routine Traffic Stop
Unit 6:
Asking Age, Weight & Height
Unit 7:
Asking Someone’s Date of Birth
Unit 8:
Describing People and Objects
Unit 9:
Giving Directions
Unit 10:
Handling Traffic Accidents
Unit 11:
Asking about Family Background
Unit 12:
Searching for Weapons & Drugs
Unit 13:
Asking Questions for Field Interview/ Citation/ Booking Sheet
Unit 14:
Conducting a Sobriety Test
Unit 15:
Handling Domestic Violence
Unit 16:
Establishing the Circumstances of the Crime
Unit 17:
Obtaining Information About Gangs

Unit 5: Conducting a Routine Traffic Stop

Traffic Stop Commands and Questions

In this section you will learn some basic commands and questions for a Routine Traffic Stop and asking questions to adults and children with the verbs: to speak, to understand, to have and to know.

Let’s start with the commands.
Notice the different ending between Formal and Informal Commands.
Listen and Repeat the Spanish Words.

WaitEspere
Espera
Sign HereFirme Aquí
Firma Aquí
Drive carefullyManeje con cuidado
Maneja con cuidado
Drop the gunTire la pistola
Tira la pistola
Sit downSiéntese
Siéntate
Stand upPárese
Párate

If you need to request a phone number, take a short cut and simply use the word “teléfono”.

Your phone numberSu teléfono
Sir, your phone number pleaseSeñor, su teléfono por favor

Add this verb to the previous question

Do you know …?Sabe …?
Do you know your phone number ?Sabe su telefono?
Sir, do you know your phone number?Señor sabe su teléfono?

And the informal way when you speak with children, teenagers or friends :

Your phone numberTu teléfono
Juan, your phone numberJuan tu teléfono

And the informal Spanish for

Do you know…?Sabes…?
Juan, do you know your phone number…?Juan, Sabes tu teléfono …?

The answer to this question can be:

I don’t knowNo sé
I don’t know my phone numberNo sé mi teléfono?

Mini Grammar: Basic Conjugation

So far you have learned 4 verbs: “speak”, “understand”, “have” and “know”.
To make a statement or to ask a question in Formal or Informal Spanish, you can use the same words, but to ask a question, all you do is raise the tone of your voice at the end of the phrase.

Here are the basic forms that you need to communicate effectively. The first is the formal -for adults.The second is the informal- for teenagers. The third one  is the one you use when you talk about yourself.  When you talk about yourself usually the verb ends in “o”. You can recognize the Informal Spanish because of the letter “s” at the end of the verb.

You speakHablaHablas
I speakHablo 
   
You understandEntiendeEntiendes
I understandEntiendo 
   
You haveTieneTienes
I haveTengo 
   
You knowSabeSabes
I don’t knowNo sé 

By raising the tone of your voice at the end, the verbs become a question, either for an adult or for a young person. Listen and Repeat!

Do you speak?Habla?Hablas?
Do you understand?Entiende?Entiendes?
Do you have?Tiene?Tienes?
Do you know?Sabe?Sabes?

Cultural Info: The Police

In many countries in LatinAmerica armed forces and police are not regarded with respect but with fear and suspicion, because of their corrupt and criminal behaviour. Low salaries, inadequate training and a long tradition of bribes (mordidas – literally bites) converts the average traffic cop into an habitual lawbreaker.

There are dozens of  police units in Mexico including: Riot Police, Customs Police, Highway Police, Federal Judicial Police, State Judicial Police, etc. The last two groups are also called : federales and judiciales, which are the most feared kind of police. As Mexicans say: If you see a cop coming on your left and a thief coming on your right, it’s better to go with the latter”.

Check Point

You are going to conduct a basic traffic stop.The person is a male adult. It’s 10:00 in the evening. Please tell him:

Good Evening SirBuenas noches Señor
May I have your driver’s licence
registration and car insurance?
Me permite su licencia,
registro y seguro?
Wait in the car pleaseEspere en el carro por favor
Sign hereFirme aqui
Drive carefullyManeje con cuidado

Listen to the phrases at normal speed.

Buenas noches Señor
Me permite su licencia, registro y seguro?
Espere en el carro por favor
Firme aqui
Maneje con cuidado

Muy bien  Oficial ! Excelente ! Su Español es muy bueno !

This is the end of Unit 5.

Please complete exercises 10, 11, 12 and 54.

Exercise 11:  Conducting a Routine Traffic Stop

Dialogue Completion

Complete the missing parts of this dialogue using Formal Spanish

Oficial:(Good Afternoon, Sir)
Conductor:(Good Afternoon, Officer)
Oficial:(May I have your Driver’s license please?)
Conductor: Mi licencia está en mi casa.(My driver’s license is at home)
Oficial:  Sabe su número de licencia? (Do you know your driver’s license number?)
Conductor: Si, es A5961967(Yes, it is A5961967)
Oficial:(Do you have any identification?)
Conductor: Si, aquí está mi identificación.(Yes, here is my identification)
Oficial:(Wait here in the car please)
Oficial:(Here is your identification)
Oficial:(Please sign here)
Oficial:(Drive carefully)

Complete the missing parts of this dialogue using Informal Spanish

Oficial:(Good Afternoon)
Conductor:(Good Afternoon, Officer)
Oficial:(May I have your Driver’s license please?)
Conductor: Mi licencia está en mi casa. 
Oficial: (Do you know your driver’s license number?)
Conductor: Si, es A5961967 
Oficial:(Do you have any identification?)
Conductor: Si, aquí está mi identificación. 
Oficial:(Wait here in the car please)
Oficial:(Here is your identification)
Oficial:(Please sign here)
Oficial:(Drive carefully)

Exercise 54: Basic Traffic Stop – Part 2

Vocabulary Expansion

You wereUsted estaba (formal)
 Tu estabas (informal)
  • Driving at 80 mph
  • Manejando a 80 millas por hora
  • Speeding
  • Manejando a alta velocidad
You didn’t stopNo paró ( formal )
 No paraste (informal)
  • At the light
  • En la luz
  • At the stop sign
  • En la señal de alto
You ran a red lightSe pasó la luz roja (formal)
 Te pasaste la luz roja (informal)

 

You made an illegal turnUsted dió una vuelta ilegal (formal)
 Tu diste una vuelta ilegal (informal)
Your driver’s license is suspendedSu/ Tu licencia está suspendida
Your registration is not currrentSu/ Tu registro no está al corriente

 

You can’t driveNo puede manejar (formal)
 No puedes manejar (informal)

Let’s Practice

Translate into Spanish

You were driving at 80 mph 
  • (to a male adult)
 
  • (to a female adult)
 
  • (to a 17 year old person)
 
You didn’t stop at the light 
  • (to a male adult)
 
  • (to a female adult)
 
  • (to a 17 year old person)
 
You made an illegal turn 
  • (to a male adult)
 
  • (to a female adult)
 
  • (to a 17 year old person)
 
You can’t drive; your driver’s license is suspended 
  • (to a male adult)
 
  • (to a female adult)
 
  • (to a 17 year old person)
 

 

Firefighters and EMS

“Tactical Spanish for Firefighters and EMS” course is a 3 hour self-study audio program with a Workbook.

Classic Format

Booklet & Audio CD
$ 140
  • Includes:
  • 189 Page Workbook
  • Full Transcript of the audio materials
  • 45 review exercises and answer
  • English/Spanish glossary
  • Audio CD

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USB
$ 100
  • Includes:
  • 189 Page Workbook
  • Full Transcript of the audio materials
  • 45 review exercises and answers
  • English/Spanish glossary
  • USB

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Unit 1:
Pronunciation
Unit 2:
Talking to Adults
and Children
Unit 3:
Basic & Courtesy
Unit 4:
Small Talk / Dispatch/ Understanding the Caller
Unit 5:
Numbers, Asking Phone Number, Age, Weight & Height
Unit 6:
Months, Days, Asking the Time, Date of Birth
Unit 7:
Medical Examination
Unit 8:
Abdominal Disorder
Unit 9:
Allergies
Unit 10:
Breathing Problems
Unit 11:
Burns
Unit 12:
Chest Pain
Unit 13:
Diabetes
Unit 14:
Neurological Disorder
Unit 15:
OB & Other Emergencies
Unit 16:
Overdose / Poisoning
Unit 17:
Trauma
Unit 18:
Injection/ IV/ Oxygen
Unit 19:
Traffic Accidents
Unit 20:
Fire & Safety
Unit 21:
Other Cultural Information

Unit 8 – Abdominal Disorder


Listen and repeat the Spanish Words

Vocabulary: Words related to abdominal disorder

NauseatedEl estómago revuelto
VomitingVomitando
PainfulLe duele
Or you can also use the word:Doloroso
UrinateOrinar
Does it hurt?Le duele?
And the Informal Spanish:Te duele?

Let’s use the previous words in the following questions:

Do you feel nausea?Siente náusea?
And the Informal Spanish when you talk to a young person:sientes náusea?
Are you nauseated?Siente el estómago revuelto?
And the Informal Spanish:Sientes el estómago revuelto?
Does it hurt here?Duele aquí?
Does it hurt when I press here?Duele cuando aprieto aquí?
Have you been vomiting?Ha estado vomitando?
And the Informal Spanish:Has estado vomitando?
Are you moving your bowels normally?Es regular su excremento?
And the Informal Spanish:Es regular tu excremento?
Did you receive a blow to the abdomen?Ha recibido un golpe en el abdomen?
And the informal Spanish:Has recibido un golpe en el abdomen?
Is it painful to urinate?Duele al orinar?
Any cramps?Hay calambres?
Remember that you can also use the previous word that you learned in Unit 7:Hay cólicos?

Mini Grammar: Something hurts

The most common way that a Spanish speaking person will use to describe pain is with the phrase: Me duele… followed by a body part: for example: Me duele el pecho (my chest hurts); Me duelen los pies (my feet hurt).

Other ways to express pain are the following:

I hurt my handMe lastimé la mano
The man hurt my handEl hombre me lastimó la mano
To find out if someone is hurt or injured, and there is a wound involved, say:Está herido?
Or if you are talking to a female:Está herida?
If there’s no wound, you can ask:Está lastimado?
And if you are talking to a female:Está lastimada?

Cultural Info: Colloquial expressions related to stomach

Others words that people use instead of “estómago” are the following: Panza and Barriga; both mean belly. If you are talking to a child, you can use the diminutive: “pancita” or “barriguita”. “Panzón”  or “Barrigón” is applied to a male that has a big belly. “Panzona” literally means that a female has a big belly but can it can also be used as a vulgar way to say ‘pregnant’, for example: “Maria está panzona” (María is pregnant) or “María salió panzona” (María got pregnant).

This is the end of Unit 8

Please complete exercise 34.

Exercise 11:  Conducting a Routine Traffic Stop

Vocabulary Expansion

NauseatedEl estómago revuelto
VomitingVomitando
Painful Doloroso
Urinateorinar
Have you beenHa estado … (Formal)
 Has estado…(Informal)
Have you receivedHa recibido… (Formal)
 Has recibido..(Informal)
A blow Un golpe
CrampsCalambres/ cólicos
Does it hurt? Le duele ..(Formal)
 Te duele ..(Informal)
When I pressCuando aprieto
Here Aquí

Let’s Practice

Change the phrases or questions into Informal Spanish

1.Siente usted el estómago revuelto? (Are you nauseated?)
_____________________________________________________________
2. Siente nausea? (Do you feel nausea?)
_____________________________________________________________
3. Le duele cuando aprieto aquí? (Does it hurt when I press here?)
_____________________________________________________________
4. Ha estado vomitando? (Have you been vomiting?)
_____________________________________________________________
5. Ha recibido un golpe en el abdomen? (Have you received a blow in the abdomen?)
_____________________________________________________________
6. Le duele al orinar? (Is it painful to urinate?)
_____________________________________________________________
7. Tiene calambres? (Do you have cramps?)
_____________________________________________________________

Correctional Officers

“Tactical Spanish for Correctional Officers” is a 4+ hour self-study audio program with a Workbook.

Dual Package
Individual

Classic Format

Booklet & Audio CD
$ 180
  • Includes:
  • 170 Page Workbook
  • Full Transcript of the audio materials
  • 41 review exercises and answers
  • English/Spanish glossary
  • 4 Audio CDs
  • “Tactical Spanish Slang & Profanities” course

Digital Format

USB
$ 140
  • Includes:
  • 170 Page Workbook
  • Full Transcript of the audio materials
  • 41 review exercises and answers
  • English/Spanish glossary
  • USB
  • “Tactical Spanish Slang & Profanities” course

Instant Download

Downloadable Audio and PDF Files
$ 110
  • Includes:
  • 170 Page Workbook
  • Full Transcript of the audio materials
  • 41 review exercises and answers
  • English/Spanish glossary
  • Instant Downloadable Files
  • “Tactical Spanish Slang & Profanities” course
Unit 1:
Spelling Words & Names
Unit 2:
Talking to Adults and Children
Unit 3:
Courtesy
Unit 4:
Inmate Information
Part I
Unit 5:
Talking to an Inmate
Unit 6:
Inmate Information
Part II
Unit 7:
Inmate Information
Part III
Unit 8:
Intake Health Screening
Unit 9:
Housing Assessment
Unit 10
Strip Search
Unit 11:
Victim/ Witness Interrogation
Unit 12:
Release
Unit 13:
Asking About
Family Background
Unit 14:
Searching for Weapons
Unit 15:
Asking Questions for Field Arrest Report/ Booking Sheet
Unit 16:
Under the Influence
Unit 17:
Crime Investigation
Unit 18:
Obtaining Information About Gangs
Unit 19:
Rules for Inmates/ Visitors
Unit 20:
Legal Terms

Unit 19 – Rules for Inmates and Visitors

In this unit, you will learn some basic rules for Inmates and Visitors.

Listen and repeat:

You can use the public phone.Puede usar el teléfono público.
You can use the bathroom.Puede usar el baño.
You have to take your medication.Tiene que tomar su medicina
3 times a day.Tres veces por día.
Uncover the vents.Destape las ventilas.
No food in your cell.No se permite comida en su celda.
Don’t touch the TV.No toque la television.
It’s shower time.Es hora de bañarse.
No smoking here.Se prohibe fumar aquí.
Supervise young children visiting you.Vigile a sus niños que lo visitan
Vigile a sus niños que la visitan
No disruptive language is allowed.No se permite lenguaje ofensivo
Sexual touching is not allowedNo se permite tocar sexualmente.
Loud talking is not allowed.Se prohibe hablar en voz alta.
Shouting is not allowed.Se prohibe gritar.
No spitting is allowed.Se prohibe escupir.
No singing is allowed.Se prohibe cantar.
This area is off limits.No pase a esta area.
Clean your cell.Limpie su celda.
Sleep with your head uncovered.Duerma con su cabeza destapada.
Go to your cell.Vaya a su celda!

Muy bien! Excelente!

I am impressed with your Spanish!         Estoy impresionada con su Español!

This is the end of Unit 19.

Please complete the exercises for this unit.

Exercise 19:  Rules for Inmates and Visitors

There are two versions of each of the following rules for inmates. One is unlikely to be used in any correctional facility. Circle the unlikely rule and write the correct rule.

1. Puede usar mi teléfono celular / Puede usar el teléfono público
___________________________________________________________________

2. Puede usar el baño / Puede usar mi baño
___________________________________________________________________

3. No tiene que tomar su medicina / Tiene que tomar su medicina
___________________________________________________________________

4. 10 veces al dia/ 3 veces al día
___________________________________________________________________

5. Destape las ventanillas / Destape las ventanas
___________________________________________________________________

6. No se permite cocina en su celda/ No se permite comida en su celda
___________________________________________________________________

7. No toque la televisión / No toque la calefacción
___________________________________________________________________

8. Es hora de fumar / Es hora de baňarse
___________________________________________________________________

9. Se prohíbe baňarse / Se prohíbe fumar
___________________________________________________________________

10. Vigile a sus amigos / Vigile a sus niňos que lo visitan
___________________________________________________________________

11. Se permite lenguaje ofensivo/ No se permite lenguaje ofensivo
___________________________________________________________________

12. No se permite tocar sensualmente / No se permite tocar sexualmente
___________________________________________________________________

13. Puede hablar en voz alta/ Se prohíbe hablar en voz alta
___________________________________________________________________

14. Se prohíbe hablar en Inglés/ Se prohíbe gritar
___________________________________________________________________

15. No se prohíbe escupir/ Se prohíbe escupir
___________________________________________________________________

16. Se prohíbe contar / Se prohíbe cantar
___________________________________________________________________

17. Paso a esta area/ No pase a esta area
___________________________________________________________________

18. No limpie su celda/ Limpie su celda
___________________________________________________________________

19. Duerma con su calabaza/ Duerma con su cabeza destapada
___________________________________________________________________

20. Vaya a su celda/ No vaya con Dios a su celda
___________________________________________________________________

Tactical Spanish Slang and Profanities Course

Connect with the Latino community by understanding how to communicate their everyday Spanish, including slang and profanities. “Tactical Spanish Slang and Profanities” is a 1+ hour self-study audio program along with a 36-page Workbook.

Classic Format

Booklet & Audio CD
$ 60
  • Includes:
  • 36-Page Workbook
  • Full Transcript of the audio materials
  • 13 review exercises and answer
  • Audio CD

Digital Format

Booklet & Audio CD
$ 50
  • Includes:
  • 36-Page Workbook
  • Full Transcript of the audio materials
  • 13 review exercises and answer
  • USB

Instant Download

Booklet & Audio CD
$ 40
  • Includes:
  • 36-Page Workbook
  • Full Transcript of the audio materials
  • 13 review exercises and answer
  • Instant Downloadable Files
Transcript
Introduction
1
Unit 1A  Greetings
2
Unit 1B  Responses
3
Unit 2   Expressions
4
Unit 3  Profanities
5
Unit 4  People
7
Unit 5  Sex
8
Unit 6  Drugs/ Alcohol
10
Unit 7  Gangs
12
Unit 8  Family
13
Unit 9  Origin and Nationality
14
Unit 10  Body Parts
15
Unit 11  Weapons
16
Unit 12  Crime
17
Unit 13  Other Expressions and Words
18
Exercises
 
Unit 1A & B   Greetings & Responses
20
Unit 2  Expressions
21
Unit 3  Profanities
22
Unit 4  People
23
Unit 5  Sex
24
Unit 6  Drugs/ Alcohol
25
Unit 7  Gangs
26
Unit 8  Family
27
Unit 9  Origin and Nationality
28
Unit 10  Body Parts
29
Unit 11  Weapons
30
Unit 12  Crime
31
Answers
 
Unit 1A & B  Greetings & Responses
32
Unit 2   Expressions
32
Unit 3   Profanities
32
Unit 4   People
32
Unit 5  Sex
32
Unit 6  Drugs/Alcohol
32
Unit 7  Gangs
34
Unit 8  Family
34
Unit 9  Origin and Nationality
34
Unit 10  Body Parts
34
Unit 11  Weapons
34
Unit 12  Crime
34

Unit 5: Sex




1. AgarrarFondle, grab
Ex: Me quiso agarrarTried to fondle me
2. CogerFuck, to have sexual intercourse
Ex: Quiere cogerse a tu amigaWants to fuck your friend
3. ChuparSuck
Ex: ChúpameSuck me off
The following words are related to body parts; some are acceptable and others are definitely obscene. Remember that they also change meaning in different countries and can make your speech acceptable or crude.
4. Pajarito (literally ”little bird”)Used for penis – it’s OK to use it with children
The following words are extremely crude and vulgar:
5. Pito (literally “whistle”)Cock
6. Verga (literally ship’s yard arm)Cock, dick
Ex: Chúpame la vergaSuck my dick
The next word is totally acceptable and it’s ok to use it with children, when you are talking about a vagina:
7. Colita(literally “little tail”)
Ex: Te tocó tu colita?Did he touch your vagina?
The following words are extremely crude and vulgar and they all mean : pussy
8. Panocha(literally “brown sugar, used mostly in Mexico)
9. Concha(literally “shell”, used mostly in South America)
10. Coño(used mostly in Spain)
The following word is totally acceptable and it’s ok to use it with children
11. PechitosBreasts/ boobies
Ex: Te tocó los pechitos?Did he touch your boobies?
All the following words refer to “tits”
12. Chicharrones(literally “pork rinds”)
13. Pechuga/ pechugas(literally “chicken breast”)
Ex: Tiene buenas pechugasHas good breasts
And finally the vulgar and crude words, that are used for breasts:
14. Tetas 
Ex: Me agarró las tetasHe grabbed my breasts
15. ChichisAnother vulgar word for “breasts”
Ex: Me agarró las chichisHe grabbed my breasts
The following words describe: the rear end or the behind, and all of them are acceptable to be used with adults or children:
16. Pompis 
17. Pompas 
18. NachasPlease don’t confuse this word with the Mexican appetizer “Nachos” – tortilla chips with melted cheese and jalapeños
19. Asentaderas 
20. Trasero 
And finally two words considered crude and vulgar:
21. NalgasButt/ Buttocks
22. CuloAss
The word “nalgas” is considered crude but in fact it is the correct word that you will see in medical books.
Now let’s learn a colloquial word that is used to describe someone who is naked.
23. Encuerado/ encueradaNaked
Ex: Anda encueradoHe is naked
Ex: Le gustan las mujeres encueradasHe likes naked women
The following words are used for “testicles”:
24. Pelotas/ bolas(literally “balls”, and both commonly used in Central and South America)
25. Huevos(literally “eggs”) and it’s used mostly in Mexico
26. Cojones(used in Spain and Caribbean countries)
The following examples, include the previous words but the meaning of the phrase is totally different:
Ex: Anda en pelotasHe is naked
Ex: No tiene huevosDoesn’t have the guts

This is the end of Unit 5.

Unit 5: Sex

Complete the words.

1. A ____rrar fondle, grab
2. _____ gerhave sexual intercourse
3. Chu___________suck
4. Pi___________(whistle)
     Pá__________(bird)
     Pa __________(birdie) penis
5. Ver___________cock, dick
6. Pa___________(brown sugar)  pussy
7. Chi___________ tits
8. Nal___________buttocks
    Pom__________buttocks
    Tra___________buttocks
    Asenta________buttocks
9. Cu___________anus
10. Encue________  naked (adjective)
11. Hue__________(eggs) testicles
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