Expressions That Always Use The Spanish Present Subjunctive

There are some expressions in Spanish where the present subjunctive is always used. These expressions start with “que”, because there is implicit expression of a desire. “Deseo que….”/ “Espero que”, etc. (I wish/ I hope that). These phrases are very common in Spanish, so let’s take a look at some of the most common ones so you can start incorporating them into your Spanish vocabulary today.

Please note that the translations won’t be exactly literal, but more closely what we would say in English to express the exact same meaning.

Something to say to someone if they are sick:
¡Que te mejores! (I hope you get better)

Something to say to someone who is going to have an exam or is going on a job interview:
¡Que te vaya bien! (I hope it goes well for you!)

Something to say to someone who is going on vacation or who is going to a concert:
¡Que te diviertas! (I hope you have fun!)

Something to say to someone who is going to sleep:
¡Que descanses! (I hope you get some rest!)

Something that most grandmothers say:
¡Que Dios te bendiga! (God bless you!)

Something to say to someone who has to do something they don’t want to do:
¡Que te sea leve! (It won’t be that bad!)

Something to say to a kid who is going to bed:
¡Que sueñes con los angelitos! (“Sweet dreams!” The literal translation would be “I hope you dream with angels!)

Something to say to someone who is receiving a present:
¡Que lo disfrutes! (I hope you enjoy/like it!)

Remember that it is always necessary to use Subjunctive when there are desires from one subject but another subject will do the action.

“Espero que mi jefe tenga un buen día” (I hope that my boss has a good day.)
“¿Quieres que prepare la cena?”(Do you want that I prepare dinner?)
When the subject is the same we only need to use Infinitive.
“Juan quiere comprar una casa”(Juan wants to buy a house)

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s Spanish grammar lesson on the topic of expressions that always use the present subjunctive. So now e you have some very common expressions in Spanish that you can start using right away that use the present subjunctive. With that said, we will leave you with one more very common expression: ¡Que tengas un buen dia! (Have a good day!)

Meaningful Presents for Frequent Flyers

Getting meaningful presents can often become a very challenging task. But there’s no better feeling than receiving such presents. This is because along with the gesture that is appreciated, meaningful gifts are given keeping the receiver’s preferences in consideration. This means these presents have a long life and stay with the person for a good amount of time.

If you’re looking for a last minute gift for a frequent flyer, you shouldn’t be worrying because there are plenty of options available. These are things that they might be wanting since a long time, but never got the time to buy one for themselves.

1. Noise Cancelling Headphones

If there’s a traveler you know who frequently travels through the economy class, this is possibly the best present they could get from your end. Air journey can be quiet tough at times, especially if you wish to sleep peacefully. Along with the air pressure, there is so much happening inside the aircraft that often lying down and getting a few peaceful moments can often seem like a dream.

This is where the noise cancelling headphones can come out to be as your ultimate rescue. The biggest benefits of carrying these headphones are that they’re specially designed to let you escape the misery of endlessly crying babies and the unavoidable aircraft hum.

2. Mini Steam Iron

Every traveler wishes they had this. This is especially true for the business travelers. No matter how carefully they pack their items, there will always be some crease that appears unattractive once they’re about to wear it.

A portable steam iron is arguably one of the finest presents a frequent flyer could receive. Because they’re small in size, they can potentially fit in anywhere without the worry of consuming weight and space. These irons take a very less time to heat up and do a mighty fine job when it comes to getting rid of unwanted creases.

3. Travel Journal

For leisure travelers who are always on the go, a travel journal is the ultimate present you could receive. Whether it is about the weather, flight experiences or backpacking to the most picturesque destinations in the world, a travel journal can be an invaluable companion for a traveler.

This is particularly of a great help to introverted and solo travelers because they always have something to pour their thoughts on. Travel journals are also beneficial for the frequent flyers that get anxious at the thought of airplane journeys. This is because they have something amazing to distract their mind as soon as they land their seat on a plane.

4. Power Bank

Anyone who receives this present from your end will easily fall in love with you. Because frequent flyers can’t do without having battery in their gadgets, a power bank is amazing. The most apparent advantage of owning it is that it is portable. In addition, multiple gadgets can be charged using it.

How To Use Respect To Win More Negotiations

Respect is an often overlooked intrinsic value that contributes to winning more negotiations. The following insights, per how to display respect in a negotiation will give you a few more tools to add to your negotiation repertoire. By implementing them in your negotiations, you’ll win more negotiations.

Display deference:

When possible, don’t attempt to talk over the opposing negotiator. When one person talks over the other, the person initiating the act is saying, what I have to say is more important than what you’re saying. Thus, what you’re saying is not important to me. Even if that’s not the intent of the person initiating the action, the meaning nonverbally can leave the other person feeling intuitively dismissed. In experiencing such a feeling he may become dogmatic at getting his point across, which could lead to a more contemptuous negotiation. To prevent such from occurring, you and the other negotiator can agree at the outset of the negotiation how much time each will have to make a point without being interrupted. That will set the groundwork for a more respectful exchange of information.

Be empathetic:

One of the easiest ways to influence someone is to let them know you understand their plight and that you’re empathetic to it. When people sense that you truly understand and appreciate their perspective they tend to be open to your suggestions, thoughts, and insights. Thus, when negotiating, you should always seek to display empathy (e.g. While discussing a point in which the opposing negotiator feels disrespected, you might say in a slow pace of speech, “I understand how that must have made you feel. I will be respectful of you and the offers/counteroffers you put forth. I will not take advantage of you.”) If this is done at the outset of the negotiation and you follow through with your pronouncement at every opportunity you have during the negotiation, the other negotiator will trust you, be willing to follow your lead (to a point), and feel less apprehensive about concealing herself. That should make the negotiation easier.

Display listening and understanding through your body language:

Have you ever sensed that someone halfheartedly listened to you and then it was confirmed when you posed a question that they couldn’t respond to? How did that make you feel like you were wasting your time, they didn’t respect you enough to give you their undivided attention? To give someone your undivided attention subliminally states that you think what they’re saying is important enough to warrant your attention. Thus, you send a nonverbal message that the person is important. To project such an impression during the negotiation, convey that you’re listening by nodding at the appropriate times and displaying verbal communication (i.e. yeah, aha, etc.) You can also use hand gesture (i.e. finger to temple (I’m contemplating what you’re saying)) to also signal that you’re attuned to what’s being said.

Being respectful and displaying it in a negotiation should not be an earthmoving effort. Thus, you should seek to be respectful whenever and with whomever you negotiate. To the degree the other negotiator feels you respect him, he’ll tend to display more respect for you. In so doing, both of you will display respect for each other which should transfer into a more respectful and easier negotiation… and everything will be right with the world.

Remember, you’re always negotiating!