Have you ever had “just water” because you couldn't order a drink in Spanish? In this article, compartiré mi sabiduría contigo (I’ll share with you some of my wisdom) about the best phrases and habits Latins use to enjoy la fiesta como se debe (the party, as it should be)!
How we call Clubs in Mexico
It’s very common to have many names for one thing in Spanish, and clubbing is no different!
In Mexico, the most common term for club is antro, but if you are in Argentina, then you want to go to el boliche. —By the way, boliche in Mexico means bowling.
- Esta noche vamos todos al antro. (Tonight we are all going to the club.)
- Los boliches en Buenos Aires abren muy tarde. (Clubs in Buenos Aires open very late.)
Shall we dance?
This article is not complete without the word bailar (to dance).
There are so many Latin dances: salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, rancheras... The list goes on and on, but what if you want to invite somebody to dance? Easy! You should ask:
- ¿Quieres bailar conmigo? (Would you like to dance with me?)
Or if somebody asks you that, then you can say:
- Me encantaría bailar, gracias. (I would like to dance, thank you.)
Now, si tienes dos pies izquierdos como yo (if you have two left feet like me), just say:
- No, gracias. Yo no bailo. (No, thank you! I don’t dance.)
How to order a drink without getting too drunk trying?
Tequila is the national drink in Mexico, and people order it en un caballito (in a shot glass) or with soda, but of course Mexicans have many other drinks: whiskey (whiskey), ron (rum), vodka (vodka), ginebra (gin), cerveza (beer), etc. Drinks may be ordered en las rocas (on the rocks), con agua (with water), or derecho (straight).
- Mi bebida favorita es el whiskey en las rocas. (My favorite drink is whiskey on the rocks.)
- El vodka se disfruta mejor con jugo de uva. (Vodka tastes better with grape juice.)
And if somebody comes to you and asks: ¿Puedo invitarte una copa? (Can I buy you a drink?), then you can say: Sí, gracias; una cerveza, por favor. (Yes, thank you, a beer please.)
Let’s be honest, having some drinks en la fiesta (at the party) is quite common and it can be fun, but remember: Todo con medida (Everything with measure), and it would be a good idea to have un conductor designado (a designated driver) or try una bebida sin alcohol (a non-alcoholic drink), but how to order it? Well, it’s very easy:
- ¿Me da un mojito sin alcohol, por favor? (Can I have a mojito without alcohol, please?)
- Yo soy el conductor designado esta noche. (I’m the designated driver tonight.)
Important note: In Spain, a shot is called chupito.
Types of party and hangover
We know a party is also a birthday celebration for example, but we can also celebrate when going to un concierto (a concert), un festival de música (a music festival), una celebración regional (a regional celebration), like el día de los muertos (the Day of the Dead), una fiesta de inauguración (a housewarming party) or una boda (a wedding).
People also plan fiestas caseras (house parties), just because. So, if a friend says “Te invito a una fiesta” (I invite you to a party), I hope you have fun and you won’t be too crudo (hungover).
Estar crudo (being hungover) in a term mostly used in Mexico, but in Spain, the word for hangover is resaca and it is also used in Argentina, Peru, Paraguay, and Uruguay, while Chileans say caña and Ecuatorians say chuchaqui.
Last, but no least, let’s see some of the most common sayings when partying:
- Soy el alma de la fiesta. (I’m the life of the party.)
- Si la vida te da limones, haz limonada. (If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.)
- Si no pierdes la cabeza, no estás de fiesta. (If you don't lose your mind, you're not partying.)
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¡Muy bien! ¿Listo para irnos de fiesta? (Ready to go party?)
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