Clase digital 3. Invitaciones y citas sociales

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Invitaciones y citas sociales

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Welcome to class Number 3 on invitations and social dating!


Do you know how to invite someone to your house for dinner or to go to the movies? 
What do you say in English when someone invites you to an event?

4. Invitaciones y citas sociales

People have, in daily life, social situations such as birthdays, graduations or wedding parties. Sometimes you want to go to some events such as musical concerts, sport matches, movies or simply go to a restaurant or bar. Most of the time, you and people don’t want to be alone at these activities. 

Invitations are important because you live in a society in which everybody has social interactions with people. There are always some social events such as birthdays, weddings, barbecue parties; sport or musical events; or you want to go to movies, plays, restaurants and most of the time you want to go with friends. Therefore, you need invitations.

When you give somebody an invitation, you ask if he would like to go somewhere or do something or have something. There are two answers for it: either accept the invitation or decline the invitation.

We use the modal verbs can, could and would, to offer to do things for people or to invite them to do something. We also use them to make requests or ask permission to do something.

4.1 Verbos modales para invitaciones

They are a type of auxiliary verb we use with other verbs to add more meaning to the verb. After modal verbs we use the infinitive form without to. Modals are not used with the auxiliary verb do; to form the negative, we add not after the modal. To ask questions, we put the modal in front of the subject.    Modals do not change in the third person singular form (he/she/it) in the present simple.

We use them for lots of different things, and the same modal verbs can have several different uses like ability, necessity, offers, invitations, requests, and permission.

We are going to mainly use them now for invitations. There are a few modal verbs that we can use for invitations.

  • We use could you … and would you … as polite ways of telling or asking someone to do something:
  • Can and will are less polite:
  • We use can I … to make offers:
  • We can also use shall I …:
  • We sometimes say I can … or I could … or I’ll (I will) … to make an offer:
  • We use would you like (to) … for invitations:
  • We can use you must … or we must … for a very polite invitation:

Expressions related to invitations and social dating: 

  • Would you like to go to…? 
  • May I go with you to…? 
  • Shall we…? 
  • Could we…? 
  • Can I join you? 
  • Can I invite you to…? 
  • Would you like to go out? 
  • Would you like to come with me? 
  • I am sorry, but I won’t be able to… 
  • Let’s go to… 
  • Congratulations. 
  • I am happy to hear about… 
  • I am delighted with… 
  • I am sorry for your loss. 
  • My sincere/deepest condolences. 

These expressions will help you not only to invite somebody, but also to answer an invitation.
Here is more vocabulary that can help you in those situations.

Social and life events: family/friends get together, farewell party, wedding, graduation ceremony, prom, blind date, engagement party, bachelor/bachelorette party, birthday party, baby shower, baptism, christening, birth, decease/death, funeral, memorial service, anniversary, religious ceremony. 

Can you invite a friend to your next social event?

Let´s get into it!

Objetivo didáctico de la clase

Dominar expresiones para invitar o responder a invitaciones relacionadas a eventos de vida y sociales usando verbos modales.

Contenido didáctico

No.Nombre del recursoSinopsisTipo de recursoEnlace Web
1Conversational English – InvitationsComo hacer invitaciones en una conversaciónvideo[Acceder]
2Invitations vocabularyCómo hacer invitaciones en inglés en más de 15 formas Vocabulario y frases útilesvideo[Acceder]
3Life eventsVocabulario sobre eventos de vidavideo[Acceder]
4Holidays and special eventsVocabulario sobre ceremonias y eventos[Acceder]

Material didáctico complementario

No.Nombre del recursoSinopsisTipo de recursoEnlace Web
1Practice talking about life eventsPracticar el uso de vocabulario sobre eventos de vidavideo[Acceder]
2Practice to invite peoplePracticar invitar a alguien a un eventovideo[Acceder]

Resumen e ideas relevantes de la clase digital


That we use the modal verbs “can, could, will, shall and would” to offer to do things for people or to invite them to do something. We also use them to make requests or ask permission to do something.
In this lesson we reviewed that there are different expressions to make invitations and different responses, you can go back to the vocabulary to refresh them anytime. 

This is all for this lesson, don´t forget your Consigna and evaluation.
See you next time.