Learn Spanish Vocabulary: Carnival Edition.

Updated: Dec 23, 2020

Vocabulary to learn Spanish during Carnival season in Latin America.

Carnival is celebrated in many places throughout Latin America.

Carnival is a festival that takes place before the Christian season of Lent, 40 days before Easter. The date changes every year, but it is usually in February or March. It is the last chance to have some fun before Lent begins. Carnival is always a noisy, energetic celebration of music, dance, and parades.

Below are the words and sentences most used on Carnival and their translation or meaning for Latin Americans.

  • Carnaval - carnival.

  • Disfraz - Costume.

  • Fiesta de disfraces - Costume party.

  • Concurso de disfraces - Costume contest.

  • Desfile - Parade.

  • Carroza - Float.

  • Multitud - Crowd.

  • Disfrazarse - To dress up.

  • Maquillarse - To make up.

  • Careta, máscara or Antifaz - Mask.

  • Nariz postiza - Fake nose.

  • Peluca - Wig.

  • Payaso - Clown.

  • Comparsa - Troupe.

Now, here are a few sentences using the vocabulary above:

  • ¿Celebras el Carnaval? - Do you celebrate Carnival?

  • ¿Te disfrazarás este Carnaval? - Will you dress up this Carnival?

  • ¿Quieres que veamos el desfile? - Do you want us to watch the parade?

  • ¿Vas a participar en el concurso de disfraces? - Are you going to participate at the costume contest?

  • Me encanta tu disfraz - I love your costume.

  • Me encanta tu peluca - I love your wig.

  • Me encanta tu maquillaje - I love your makeup.

  • ¿Tú bailas Samba? - Do you dance Samba?

A beautiful show takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where samba schools spend time and money making amazing costumes and fantastic masks for the Carnival parade; it is celebrated in the famous Sambódromo and often referred as "One of the biggest shows of the earth”.

Have you ever been to a carnival celebration? Let us know in the comments.

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