Spanish Terms for Scheduling Appointments & Meetings

Spanish Terms for Scheduling Appointments & Meetings
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Instructor: Yolanda Reinoso Barzallo

Yolanda holds a CELTA Cambridge, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. She is a published author of fiction in Spanish.

Appointments and meetings sound important and usually are. So you don't have to depend on others to schedule them for you, this lesson gives you the necessary Spanish phrases to help.

Urgent Matters

You're in a Spanish-speaking country and you need an appointment with a doctor, a dentist, or a lawyer. Or, you need to schedule a time to meet this important person. Worry not! The necessary Spanish vocabulary to schedule appointments and meetings is not difficult.

Let's listen to Cristina and learn from her. She has to schedule a few visits. To begin, let's learn some common phrases you may need when scheduling appointments and meetings.

Key Phrases

To make either an appointment or a meeting, you'll need to learn the following vocabulary:

  • 'Necesito hacer una cita con…' means 'I need to make an appointment with...'
  • 'Necesito cambiar mi hora de la cita con…' means ' I need to change my appointment time with...'
  • 'Para la tarde' means 'for the afternoon'
  • 'Para mañana' means 'for tomorrow'
  • 'Lo más pronto posible' means 'as soon as possible'
  • 'Estaré allí' means 'I'll be there'
  • 'Su cita está confirmada' means 'your appointment is confirmed'

Appointments with Professionals

Here are three useful tips when you want to schedule an appointment with a professional:

1. In the Spanish-speaking world, both medical physicians and dentists are referred as doctors. You would have 'el doctor' for males and 'la doctora' for females. To these titles that mean 'the doctor' you would add their last name.

For example: 'Necesito hacer una cita con el doctor Pérez.' (I need to make an appointment with Dr. Pérez.)

2. For other professionals, in general, you can just say 'el señor' for males and 'la señora' for females. To these titles that mean 'Mr.' and 'Mrs.' you would add their last name.

For example: 'Necesito hacer una cita con la señora González.' (I need to make an appointment with Mrs. González.)

3. It is also okay to use the profession or occupation of a person if you don't know their name. Use 'el' for males and 'la' for females.

For example:

  • 'Necesito hacer una cita con la abogada.' (I need to make an appointment with the attorney.) This example is with a female attorney.
  • 'Necesito hacer una cita con el estilista.' (I need to make an appointment with the hairstylist.) In this example, we're referring to a male hairstylist.

Now, let's go with a conversation.

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