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Spanish Vocabulary: Volunteer Work 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 useful vocabulary related to community and volunteer work. We will also listen to a conversation to gain context for the use of the new vocabulary.

Community and Volunteer Work

Probably all of us have participated in some volunteer work once in a while, or someone else has told us we have to 'volunteer' to help others. A lot of people enjoy helping others, and we are called to do so. Isn't it funny how even parents volunteer us to help the neighbors or their friends sometimes?

Well, today we will talk about some words that can help us talk about community and volunteer work. Something that can help us with this vocabulary is that there are a lot of these words that are cognates, and they look very similar in Spanish and English.

Vocabulary

Let's look at some of them through short sentences:

1. Manuel y Sandra son voluntarios en el hospital local.

Can you identify some familiar words?

Voluntarios (volunteers) and hospital (hospital - who would have known?) are words that are similar in Spanish and English. Keep in mind that the pronunciation is different because of the different sounds vowels and some consonants have in both languages.

2. Las personas de esa iglesia (church) ayudan (help) a su comunidad (community).

3. La cocina comunitaria (soup kitchen) o el comedor comunitario son una solución para muchas personas.

4. Toda la gente debe ayudar a los pobres (poor).

5. La Cruz Roja (Red Cross) recolecta (collects) comida y medicinas.

6. Hay hospitales especializados en ayudar (to help) a los ancianos (elderly).

7. Algunas familias tienen jardines (gardens) con verduras y hortalizas para recoger (pick).

8. En este mundo (world) debemos pensar en los demás (the others).

9. Los voluntarios se separan en los barrios (neighborhoods) y calles (streets).

10. Reciclar es una buena opción para el problema (problem) de la contaminación.

Notice that nouns that end in -ma, like problema, are masculine most of the time. Some exceptions are la cama (the bed), la fama (the fame), la dama (the dame).

¡Vamos a Practicar!

Read this conversation between Francisco and Andrés, about their activities as volunteers at Salvation Army:

Francisco: ¡Hola Andrés! ?Cómo te fue con las personas de la comunidad ayer durante el día de ayuda en los barrios de la ciudad?

Andrés: ¡Todo salió muy bien! La gente recolectó mucha comida y ropa.

F: ¿Tuvieron algún problema?

A: No. Todo salió muy bien. Los voluntarios separaron la comida por tipos y la ropa por tallas (size).

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