Esta serie de “Conversaciones cotidianas relata las vivencias de una familia durante su viaje a Estados Unidos. Viaja con ellos y conoce sus experiencias durante el proceso de solicitud de visado y su viaje por cada uno de los 50 estados. Durante su viaje aprenden sobre la cultura y la historia estadounidenses, mejoran su conocimiento del idioma inglés y descubren las particularidades de cada estado. Estas conversaciones son para estudiantes de inglés de nivel intermedio o superior.

Puedes leer este artículo en inglés aquí.

En esta conversación, la familia habla sobre los pasos necesarios para solicitar un visado turístico de Estados Unidos.

Sam: Did we book our flights yet for our trip to the U.S.?

Claudine: Sam, first we need to get our visas. When do we go to the U.S. Embassy for our tourist visa interviews?

Gina: We have a lot to do before going to the interviews. First, we need individual pictures of each of us. There are photo requirements, so we probably should go to a photography studio that takes passport photos.

Sam: What else do we need to do?

Paul: There’s a form to fill out. After we complete the form, we must print the confirmation page. We need to bring that page to our interviews.

Gina: And we have to schedule our interviews at the U.S. Embassy.

Paul: And I’ve checked our passports. All of our passports are valid for at least six months after our trip.

Revisemos ahora el vocabulario.

To book [reservar] something means to make arrangements to have or use something at a date in the future. In the conversation, to book a flight means to buy airline tickets in advance.

A tourist visa [visado turístico] is an official stamp or mark put in your passport by officials that gives you permission to enter a country as a tourist (someone traveling for pleasure).

An interview [entrevista] is a formal meeting at which a person is asked questions.

Photo requirements [requisitos fotográficos] are the detailed rules about how the photo must be taken. These requirements often include the size of the photo, the position of the person’s face in the photo, the background in the photo, etc.

To fill something out [completar o cumplimentar algo] means to complete something (such as a form) by providing information.

A confirmation page [página de confirmación, en Internet] is a response that shows information was received. In the conversation, the confirmation page shows that the form was completed and received.

Valid [vigente, válido] means legally or officially acceptable.

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