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A0002: Birthday Party
How to ask someone to go together to a birthday party—in Spanish? With Liliana's and JP's guidance it's pretty easy. Of course, that doesn't mean that the answer is always “yes”! In any case, the keyword is la fiesta de cumpleaños – the birthday party.
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hombre: ¡Hola! ¿Vas a la fiesta? mujer: ¿Cuál fiesta? hombre: La fiesta de cumpleaños de Javier. mujer: Sí voy a ir. ¿Vamos juntos?
Dialogue with Translation
hombre: ¡Hola! ¿Vas a la fiesta? hello (you) go to the party man: Hello! Are you going to the party?
mujer: ¿Cuál fiesta? which party woman: What party?
hombre: La fiesta de cumpleaños de Javier. the party of birthday of Javier man: Javier's birthday party.
mujer: Sí voy a ir. ¿Vamos juntos? yes (I) go to go (we) go together woman: Sure I'm going to go. Shall we go together?
Vocabulary for Dialogue
el hombre noun (masculine) the man la mujer noun (feminine) the woman ¡hola! interjection hi!, hello! ir verb (infinitive) to go (tú) vas verb (present tense) you go (informal, singular) a preposition to la fiesta noun (feminine) the party ¿cuál? interrogative pronoun what?, which? de preposition of el cumpleaños noun (masculine) the birthday la fiesta de cumpleaños phrase the birthday party Javier noun (masculine) Javier sí adverb yes, sure (yo) voy verb (present tense) I go (yo) voy a ir phrase I am going to go (nosotros/-as) vamos verb (present tense) we go (m./f.) junto/junta adjective (m./f.) together juntos/juntas adjective (plural, m./f.) together
Vocabulary for Audio Lesson
la piñata noun (feminine) traditional Mexican game el mariachi noun (masculine) traditional Mexican band or musician el sombrero noun (masculine) the hat los sombreros noun (plural, masculine) the hats el trío noun (masculine) the trio el bolero noun (masculine) the melancholic love song los boleros noun (plural, masculine) the melancholic love songs hasta preposition until luego adverb then hasta luego phrase see you later
This section includes grammatically related words. Some of them are required by the exercise Dialogue Recast.
|(yo) voy||present tense||I go|
|(tú) vas||you go (informal, singular)|
|(él/ella) va||he/she(/it) goes|
|(usted) va||you go (formal, singular)|
|(nosotros/-as) vamos||we go (m./f.)|
|(vosotros/-as) vais||you go (informal, plural, m./f.)|
|(ellos/ellas) van||they go (m./f.)|
|(ustedes) van||you go (formal, plural)|
Cover the right column, translate from Spanish to English and uncover the right column line by line to check your answers. If possible, read the Spanish sentences aloud.
¡Hola! ¿Vas a la fiesta? Hello! Are you going to the party? ¿Cuál fiesta? What party? La fiesta de cumpleaños de Javier. Javier's birthday party/the birthday party of Javier. Sí voy a ir. ¿Vamos juntos? Sure/yes I'm going to go. Shall we go together?
Now translate from English to Spanish. Remember to say the Spanish sentences aloud.
Hello! Do you go to the party? ¡Hola! ¿Vas a la fiesta? Which party? ¿Cuál fiesta? The birthday party of Javier. La fiesta de cumpleaños de Javier. Sure I'm going to go. Do we go together? Sí voy a ir. ¿Vamos juntos?
Translate this variant of the dialogue from English to Spanish.
Are you going to go to the party? ¿Vas a ir a la fiesta? Yes, I'm going to go to the party of Javier. Sí, voy a ir a la fiesta de Javier. Are we going to go together to the party? ¿Vamos a ir juntos a la fiesta? What party? ¿Cuál fiesta? Hello? Javier's party. ¿Hola? La fiesta de Javier. Yes, the birthday party of Javier. Sí, la fiesta de cumpleaños de Javier. Yes. Do we go together to the party? Sí. ¿Vamos juntos a la fiesta? Sure I am going to go to the party. Sí voy a ir a la fiesta.
This translation exercise requires some of the words from the More Vocabulary section.
Hello! Do you go to the party? (formal) ¡Hola! ¿(Usted) va a la fiesta? Which party? ¿Cuál fiesta? The birthday party of Javier. La fiesta de cumpleaños de Javier. Sure I'm going to go. Do you go together? (formal, plural) Sí voy a ir. ¿(Ustedes) van juntos?
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