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Spanish Vocabulary: Using Social Life Terms

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Instructor: Pablo Serna

Pablo has taught college Spanish at the University of Missouri and Central Methodist University, and has a master's degree in Spanish literature.

In this lesson we will learn some important vocabulary that will be useful when talking about social events like parties, banquets, and a little gossip, too.

Using Social Life Terms

In this lesson, we will cover vocabulary that will help us talk about social events and all that comes with it, including a little gossip.

Maybe you have watched or heard of shows like those on the E! channel that talk about the latest news about movie and television stars, their careers, struggles, marriages and divorces, etc. And also, probably you have been invited to attend banquets to help different causes, like protecting the planet, raising money for underprivileged children, or simply making some corporations richer (I'm not judging).

All these events need certain words and expressions when they are going to be described in Spanish.

Conversación de Eventos Sociales

The red carpet is set, the limos start arriving, and the stars are falling from the sky to attend the Oswaldo's Awards. The camera flashes make their noises and some people do anything to see their favorite movie and television actors and actresses from a safe distance. Let's listen and read this conversation between two pre-show hosts:

José: ¡Hola María! Quiero presentarme (Introduce myself). Soy José Marín. Bienvenida al evento de esta noche, donde sólo puedes entrar si eres uno de los invitados de la noche. Me alegra mucho tu visita (visit) ¡Esta fiesta es para divertirse!

María: ¡Hola José! Gracias por tu invitación a esta fiesta de celebración donde los mejores productores, compositores, actores y actrices compiten por uno de los premios.

J: Podemos ver la entrada (entrance) de todas las celebridades. Al comienzo muchos espectadores llegan para saludar (greet), tomarse una foto o estrechar la mano (to shake the hand) de sus artistas favoritos. También las estrellas coquetean (flirt) un poco, guiñan el ojo (wink) y alardean (show off) con sus costosos trajes, vestidos y joyas.

M: Ahora veo a Pepita Pachón con su hermoso vestido rojo y una gran sonrisa, aunque entre tú y yo (between you and I), ella tuvo un gran lío amoroso (fling) con Mateo Márquez después de la última temporada (season) de 'Mariposas en el Estómago' (Butterflies in the Stomach), aunque no es nuestro asunto (It's not our business).

J: Aprovechan todos para socializar y mezclarse un poco con otras personalidades y tomar una copa (glass of wine/alcoholic beverage). Después de la ceremonia y los chistes del anfitrión (host), irán a un baile (a dance) y podrán bailar (to dance), disfrutar de deliciosa comida y hacer un brindis (a toast) con un poco de champaña.

M: No me sorprende si algunos de ellos beben demasiado y se despiertan con una gran resaca (hangover). 'Recuerdas a Felipe Pino el año pasado? Él bebió demasiado y su vida social fue un caos, pero se rehabilitó de su adicción y recauda fondos para luchar contra el alcoholismo. La semana pasada fue el anfitrión de un banquete para su fundación 'Ni un Trago Más' (Not One More Drink) y se presentó cantando y bailando. ¡Fue un evento maravilloso!

J: Bueno María, ya hicimos nuestro trabajo. Ahora, ¡vamos a brindar (to toast) por una gran fiesta de celebración!

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