Learn English: Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties

Bachelor parties - English vocab

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Hello! This is Jack from tofluency.com. Now, I just recorded a video where I talked about my weekend and you’ll be able to watch that video by clicking the link in the description or on your screen. But in this video, I want to talk more about bachelor and bachelorette parties. So, just to tell you what these parties are these are parties where you celebrate the upcoming marriage of someone, so for example, we have some friends who are getting married quite soon and my wife went on the bachelorette party the other day.

So, she enjoyed this, she celebrated with her friend – the fact that she was going to get married. It’s like the last
chance you have to go out and have some fun before you actually get married. So, I’ve been to a few these parties before. In the UK, they are usually quite crazy and it’s interesting because most people decide to fly to somewhere in Europe – if you live in some parts of Europe, you might notice a lot of big groups of people from the UK celebrating a stag do or hen party – a hen do. So, this is a British way to say it.

So, we have a stag party or a stag do, and then we have a bachelor party in American English. We have a hen do or a hen party, and then a bachelorette party in American English. So, yeah if you do live in Europe in one of the cities, you probably have noticed big groups of either men or women coming to celebrate that upcoming marriage.

Now, I’ve actually been to a couple in Spain and the tradition in Spain is that you dress the bachelor, in this case the bachelor, in fancy dress or in a costume, for example, you see people going out as chickens or as my friend dressed up as an ostrich. So, you have these like different costumes that people wear and it’s just a different way to celebrate that party. Now, usually the person – the bachelor or the bachelorette – gets quite nervous before these parties because they don’t know what is going to happen – they don’t know how crazy it is going to be. Now, I haven’t been to it really crazy one, but I’ve heard some very funny stories and different situations that have happened. I’m not gonna share them on this video because it’s not appropriate but just know that a lot of the time that these parties get a little bit wild and a little bit crazy.

I think one of the most famous films that shows this type of party is The Hangover, and there are three parts of The Hangover and it just shows what can happen on a weekend. Now, this is obviously an extreme version but as I said, things do get a little crazy. But what I want to know is what are these parties like where you live and do you celebrate this kind of event. If so, please let me know what happens, within reason! Don’t get too detailed but let me know what generally happens in these types of parties. OK, so thank you for watching and I’ll see you next time!

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