Bolboreta (bolboreta) wrote in linguaphiles,


I'm teaching some English classes now, and when we were talking about jobs a girl asked me how to say "azafata". She wasn't talking about planes, though, just conferences and events, so I didn't know if "hostess" applied. 5 minutes later another girl said she worked as an "azafata" on a boat and I just about gave up, but I want to give them some answers tomorrow, and dictionaries are confusing me. I'm specially looking for the male equivalents, and the "generic" term in case there's one. So, what would you call:

- a person employed by a boat company to see that passengers are comfortable throughout a trip, usually receiving and seating them, and sometimes serving them refreshments.
- a person who works at a conference, fair (or similar events) and gives out info and assists patrons in general.

Thanks in advance!

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