Spanish Vocabulary for Work Attire

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  • 0:04 Getting Ready for the Work Day
  • 0:29 What to Wear
  • 2:05 A Few Helpful Verbs
  • 2:49 A Conversation
  • 3:47 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Raychelle Heath

Raychelle has a BA in Spanish and an MFA in Writing. She has studied in Puerto Rico and currently lives in Mexico. She has taught Spanish in various settings.

It's time to go to work. In this lesson you will learn vocabulary for ''ropa de trabajo'' (work attire) in Spanish. You will also learn some useful terms for getting dressed.

Getting Ready for the Work Day

You're getting ready for work, but what will you wear? Your ropa de trabajo or 'work attire' will depend on what job you do. You wouldn't want to show up to your construction job in a suit, or to your office job in coveralls! In this lesson, we'll explore vocabulary for different kinds of ropa de trabajo. We will also learn some helpful verbs for getting dressed.

What to Wear

Every job requires its own ropa de trabajo. Let's look at some vocabulary for ropa de trabajo in different places. If you work in una oficina, you may wear one of these:

  • un traje, a suit
  • una corbata, a tie
  • una blusa, a blouse
  • un vestido, a dress

Let's look at some example sentences:

  • Juan se pone su traje azul. (Juan puts on his blue suit.)
  • Compramos vestidos nuevos. (We buy new dresses.)

If you work at una zona de obras ('a construction site'), you may wear:

  • un casco, a helmet
  • un par de botas, a pair of boots
  • los jeans, jeans
  • una playera, a t-shirt

Let's look at some example sentences:

  • Necesito encontrar mi par de botas. (I need to find my pair of boots.)
  • ¿Tienes tu casco? (Do you have your helmet?)

If you work at un restaurante ('a restaurant'), you may wear:

  • un uniforme, a uniform
  • un delantal, an apron
  • un gorro de cocinero, a chef's hat
  • los tenis, tennis shoes

Example sentences:

  • El uniforme es negro con un delantal rojo. (The uniform is black with a red apron.)
  • Ellos usan los tenis blancos. (They wear white tennis shoes.)

A Few Helpful Verbs

Now that we have some useful words for ropa de trabajo, let's learn some verbs that will help us talk about what we wear.

  • vestirse, to get dressed/to wear
  • ponerse, to put on
  • usar, to use/to wear

Here are a few examples of how to use these verbs:

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