‘Meeting’ is widely used in English, for example as a verb describing a process of coming together, as compromise (meeting in the middle), as a noun e.g. a business meeting, or in sport as a competition such as a race meeting. People can meet, roads can meet, meetings can take place but the common feature is being together or doing something together.
So this chapter’s focus is on the vocabulary surrounding meetings in their various forms and words relating to the concept of ‘togetherness’ such as ‘with’, ‘jointly’, ‘together’, etc. A related topic covered in the section is things you might ‘do’ together, including but beyond meetings, in academic, business and leisure contexts.
junto – together
solo – alone
todos juntos – all together
junto con – together with
junto a – next to
un equipo – a team
compañero – teammate (m/f)
colega – colleague (m/f)
jefe/jefa – boss, head, manager
comisión / comité – committee
Hacer – to do, make
yo hago ; tú haces él/ella/usted hace nosotros hacimos vosotros hacéis ellos/~as/Vds hacen
imperative: haz / no hagas (tú) hagamos (let’s …) haced / no hagáis (vosotros) [note that a ‘don’t’ imperative changes form.
past participle: hecho
preterite: yo hice ; tú hiciste él/ella/usted hizo nosotros hicimos vosotros hicistéis ellos/~as/Vds hicieron
Meetings – many faces
Although in English we use the same word ‘meeting’ to describe many things, Spanish is quite specific as you’ll see below:
A (chance) meeting – un encuentro
A (formal) meeting between individuals – un entrevista (also means ‘interview’)
A group meeting, e.g. a committee – una reunión
A prearranged meeting (appointment) – una cita
A meeting of shareholders – una junta
A (sports) meeting/match – un encuentro
A meeting of roads/rivers – una confluencia
Specific Types of Meeting
Specific meetings and events that in English have their own names include the following, many of which are similar to the English:
Ceremony – una ceremonia
Concert – un concierto
Conference – una conferencia
Demonstration/protest (political)- una manifestación
Funeral – un entierro (burial) or los funerales (ceremony)
Gig – una actuación
Lecture – una conferencia
(note la lectura is a ‘false friend’ meaning the activity of ‘reading’).
Mass (church) – la misa
Party – una fiesta
Reunion – un reencuentro
Seminar – un seminario
Tutorial – una tutoría or un seminario
Wedding – una boda
Argue – discutir Discuss /debate – debatir /deliberar Negotiate – negociar
Compete ( business/sport) – competir Compete for … – competir por … Collaborate / cooperate – colaborar
Present (a proposal) – exponer Present ( a person) presenter Present oneself – presentarse
Decide – decidir (final) or determiner (a decision between alternatives) Plan – planear
Agree – acordar ; a decision – una acordada In agreement – de acuerdo An agreement – un acuerdo
Conclude (end/close a meeting) – terminar, acabar, or concluir ; Conclude (a contract or subject) concluir
The simplest way to talk about arranging or having a meeting is to use the verb hacer (to do/make), apart from the fact that hacer is a very irregular verb. For example:
Hacen una reunion – They are having a meeting.
¿Puedo hacer una cita? – Can I make an appointment?
Alternatively, reflexive verbs can be used for things like meeting someone by chance (i.e. to ‘bump into’ or encounter) is encontrarse con… or just encontrar ….
To meet to discuss something with someone in a formally arranged meeting could be described as entrevistarse con… : me entrevisto con X – I’m meeting with X.
In a less formal setting you’d expect to use reunirse, e.g nos reunimos (we meet or we met)