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Intro

Alex: Imagine you're on vacation in Mexico. You want to order some drinks. How do you do it? Hola, soy Alex. Alex here. Anyone can learn how to get what you want at a vacation resort. In this lesson, you'll learn how. Mark and Karen are relaxing on the beach at a resort in Mexico. Let's watch!
DIALOGUES
Hotel staff: Buenas tardes, ¿se le ofrece algo?
Mark: Hola joven, sí, tráiganos un par de piñas coladas, por favor.
Karen: La mía sin alcohol.
Hotel staff: Seguro, vuelvo en seguida.
Karen: Gracias. Por cierto, ¿en dónde está el Club Infantil?
Hotel staff: Está frente a la playa, a un lado del restaurante.
Karen: La puerta naranja, ¿cierto?
Hotel staff: Exactamente.
Alex: Now with English!
Hotel staff: Good afternoon, do you need something?
Mark: Hello sir, yes, bring us a couple of pina coladas, please.
Karen: Mine without alcohol.
Hotel staff: Sure, be right back
Karen: Thank you. By the way, where is the Children's Club?
Hotel staff: It is in front of the beach, next to the restaurant.
Karen: The orange door, right?
Hotel staff: That's right.
KEY VOCAB
Alex: Here are the key words from the scene.
Karen: joven, joven
Becky: sir
Karen: joven, joven, joven
Karen: se le ofrece, se le ofrece
Becky: do you need
Karen: se le ofrece, se le ofrece, se le ofrece
Karen: vuelvo en seguida, vuelvo en seguida
Becky: be right back
Karen: vuelvo en seguida, vuelvo en seguida, vuelvo en seguida
Karen: traer, traer
Becky: to bring
Karen: traer, traer, traer
Karen: un par, un par
Becky: a copule
Karen: un par, un par, un par
Karen: sin alcohol, sin alcohol
Becky: without alcohol
Karen: sin alcohol, sin alcohol, sin alcohol
LANGUAGE USAGE
Alex: And now, a breakdown of some of the Spanish you heard in the scene.
Becky: In the scene, how does Mark ask for drinks?
Mark: Tráiganos un par de piñas coladas, por favor.
Laura: Tráiganos un par de piñas coladas, por favor., Tráiganos un par de piñas coladas, por favor.
Becky: The word...
Laura: tráiganos
Becky: "bring us" is from the verb...
Laura: traer
Becky: "to bring.”
Becky: You can use this when you would like a waiter or waitress to get you and your friend something at a restaurant, like in the scene.
Becky: When you want to ask for two things or "a pair,” you can use...
Laura: un par de
Becky: "a couple of." This is good to know if you are traveling with someone.
Becky: The drink...
Laura: piñas colada
Becky: …is the same as "pina colada" in English.
Becky: Lastly, after you ask for what you want, make sure to add...
Laura: por favor
Becky: "please" at the end of your sentence.
Becky: If you want to ask for something else, you can use the same pattern. Just change what you want, and how many.
Becky: For example, if you would like to ask for a beach towel for you and your friend, you can say...
Laura: Tráiganos dos toallas por favor.
Becky: "Bring us two towels, please."
Becky: These words are...
Laura: dos
Becky: "two" and....
Laura: toallas
Becky: "towels." Pretty simple, right?
Becky: Now, you try! Say Mark's line.
Mark: Hola joven, sí...
Mark: Tráiganos un par de piñas coladas, por favor.
Becky: How does Karen ask where the children’s club is?
Karen: ¿En dónde está el Club Infantil?
Laura: ¿En dónde está el Club Infantil? ¿En dónde está el Club Infantil?
Becky: The words...
Laura: en dónde
Becky: "where" and the word...
Laura: está
Becky: meaning "is" helps you ask about location. Simply say...
Laura: ¿en dónde está...?
Becky: …and then add where you want to go. Easy, right?
Becky: Another example would be...
Laura: ¿En dónde está la sala de masajes?
Becky: "Where is the massage parlor?"
Becky: The words...
Laura: la
Becky: "the" for feminine nouns, and...
Laura: sala
Becky: "parlor" combine with...
Laura: masajes
Becky: "massage.”
Becky: Now, you try! Say Karen's line.
Karen: Por cierto...
Karen: ¿en dónde está el Club Infantil?

Lesson focus

Alex: Now, the lesson focus. Here's how to get what you want at a vacation resort.
Becky: Have you ever wanted to go on vacation in Mexico? Here are some tips to help you out.
Becky: If you are thinking about going to Mexico on vacation, you're not alone! Around 30 million tourists from all over the world travel to Mexico for vacation, so there are many luxury resorts and hotels to choose from. Some of the most popular tourist destinations are...
Laura: Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Huatulco, and Acapulco.
Becky: A good insider tip is, if you want to travel to Mexico, it's better NOT to go between July 10 and August 28. This is when schools are out for summer vacation, and it's usually really crowded.
Becky: Whether you are traveling with friends, family, children, or that special someone, Mexico has facilities to accommodate all of your travel needs.
Becky: Common services that can be found are restaurants, bars, cafeterias, private beaches, pools, gyms, playgrounds, and Children's Clubs, usually referred to as…
Laura: Mini Club or Club Infantil
Becky: …where special activities are organized to entertain children, such as video game competitions, crafts, and sports tournaments. Some hotels also have night clubs, night family shows, and special "theme nights" at the main restaurant in the hotel.
Becky: If you are at a restaurant and want to get the waiter's attention, the best way is to wave your hand back and forth. If the waiter is close to you, you can use the word...
Laura: Disculpe
Becky: “Excuse me" in the formal register.
Becky: At a restaurant, if you want to sound more like a native speaker, when referring to the waiter or waitress, you can use the words...
Laura: joven
Becky: meaning "young man" or....
Laura: señorita
Becky: meaning "young lady." Even though both of these words imply that the waiter or waitress is young, you can still use them for any male or female staff members.
Becky: In Mexico, it is a good and friendly idea to greet your waiter or waitress before ordering.
PRACTICE
Alex: Now it's time to practice your new ability.
Becky: You are at a resort in Mexico and would like to ask the waiter or waitress some questions. Ready? Here we go.
Becky: First, how would you get the waiter's or waitresses' attention if they are close to you?
Laura: Disculpe.
Becky: How would you ask him or her for a soda?
Laura: Tráigame un refresco, por favor.
Becky: How would you ask him or her where the pool is?
Laura: ¿En dónde está la alberca?
Alex: Great job!
Laura: Disculpe.
Laura: Tráigame un refresco, por favor.
Laura: ¿En dónde está la alberca?

Outro

Alex: ¡Buen trabajo! Now, watch the scene one more time. After that, you’re ready to visit a vacation resort in Mexico. Have fun! ¡Hasta pronto!
DIALOGUES
Hotel staff: Buenas tardes, ¿se le ofrece algo?
Mark: Hola joven, sí, tráiganos un par de piñas coladas, por favor.
Karen: La mía sin alcohol.
Hotel staff: Seguro, vuelvo en seguida.
Karen: Gracias. Por cierto, ¿en dónde está el Club Infantil?
Hotel staff: Está frente a la playa, a un lado del restaurante.
Karen: La puerta naranja, ¿cierto?
Hotel staff: Exactamente.

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