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Let's Talk About Food - In Spanish!
Let's Talk About Food!
Today I would like to introduce some basic vocabulary of food in Spanish.
I will also teach you how to say what food you like and what food you do not like in Spanish.
I hope you will enjoy this lens :-)
Desayuno = Breakfast
To say what you have for breakfast you would say “Desayuno...” (For breakfast I have...) followed by whatever you eat. For example:
- Tostadas - toasts
- Cereales - cereals
- CafÃ© – coffee
- TÃ© - tea
- Galletas – biscuits
- Zumo de naranja – orange juice
- Huevos - eggs
- Salchichas – sausages
Almuerzo = Lunch
To say what you have for lunch you have to say “Almuerzo” (For lunch I have...” followed by your lunch. For example
- bocadillo – sandwich
- ensalada – salad
- pizza – pizza
- yogur – yoghourt
- fruta – fruit
You can of course specify what kind of fruit you have. These are some basic words for fruits
- manzana – apple
- plÃ¡tano - banana
- uvas – grapes
- fresas – strawberries
- mango – mango
Cena = Dinner
To say what you eat in the evening you would use the word “Ceno...” which means “For dinner I have...”
So what can we have for dinner??
- Verduras – vegetables
- Sopa – soup
- Arroz - Rice
- Pescado – fish
- Carne – meat
- Pollo – chicken
- Patatas fritas – chips
- Patatas asadas – roast potatoes
- Pan – bread
More Vocabulary Of Food
A Little Bit Of Grammar
In Spanish all words are either feminine or masculine. Yes, this sounds strange for English speakers, but that is the way it is in Spanish!
So how do we know if a thing/word is masculine or feminine?
Well, normally if the last letter of a word is -a the word is feminine. If the last letter is an -o, then the word tends to be masculine. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and there are a few words that do not follow this rule. Of course, there are also words whose last letter is not -a nor -o
And why do we need to know whether a word is masculine or feminine?
Because depending on the gender of a word, we will use slightly different articles, adjectives and so on.
But don't panic! Let's take one step at a time because it is not as hard as it sounds.
Today we are looking at articles only. Articles are words that go in front of the noun. For example, in English "the" is an article.
In Spanish "the" will be translated as "el" for masculine words and "la" for feminine words. So let's look at the words we have seen before and find out which are masculine and which are feminine.
El zumo de naranja
With words that are in plural the articles would be "los" for masculine words and "las" for the feminine ones. So looking back at the previous words we would have:
Masculine and plural
Feminine and plural
Las patatas fritas
Las patatas asadas
Give Me Your Opinion!
To say if we like or do not like a particular food we are going to look at the singular and plural words separately.
For all the words that are in singular we would start by saying:
"Me gusta..." = I like
"No me gusta" = I do not like
Me gusta el cafÃ© = I like coffee
No me gusta el tÃ© = I do no like tea
The structure is very similar with the words that are in plural, simply add "n" to the word "gusta" and you have it! So now we will be saying:
"Me gustan..." = I like (for plural words)
"No me gustan..." = I do not like (for plural words)
Me gustan las patatas fritas = I like chips
No me gustan las pasatas asadas = I do not like roast potatoes