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Let's Talk About Food - In Spanish!

Updated on May 17, 2010

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 :-)

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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

- Caf̩ Рcoffee

- Té - tea

- Galletas – biscuits

- Zumo de naranja – orange juice

- Huevos - eggs

- Salchichas – sausages

Desayuno

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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

- plátano - banana

- uvas – grapes

- fresas – strawberries

- mango – mango

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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

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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.

Masculine words

El café

El té

El zumo de naranja

El bocadillo

El yogur

El plátano

El mango

El arroz

El pescado

El pollo

El pan

Feminie words

La ensalada

La pizza

La fruta

La manzana

La sopa

La carne

Plural words

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

Los cereales

Los huevos

Feminine and plural

Las fresas

Las verduras

Las patatas fritas

Las patatas asadas

Las salchichas

Las galletas

Las tostadas

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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

For example,

Me gusta el café = I like coffee

No me gusta el té = 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)

For example:

Me gustan las patatas fritas = I like chips

No me gustan las pasatas asadas = I do not like roast potatoes

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Muy Bien. I am refreshing in my memory some of the Spanish words I have long ago learned. Thanks.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Muy Bien. I am refreshing in my memory some of the Spanish words I have long ago learned. Thanks.

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      LoKackl 

      8 years ago

      Unique lens! Nicely presented! SquidAngel Blessed!

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      buzz11 

      8 years ago

      This is a maravilloso lens. Me gusta some new vocabulary in Spanish.

      I guess, I have put forth proper spanish words above. If not, then please feel free to correct me.

    • burgessvillian profile image

      burgessvillian 

      8 years ago

      I really like this lens. I'm learning Spanish with a pc program, audio program and now I will come back to this site.

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      Werkpaardje 

      8 years ago

      Nice job!

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      Peopleneeds 

      8 years ago

      There you go...

      I have nothing to say.. but 5* for you.. :)

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      JewelRiver 

      8 years ago

      Very cute site I really enjoyed it!

    • Thegirl2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Thegirl2 

      8 years ago

      @jennysue19: Well done Jennysue.

      I have been asked to do another lens about Spanish pronunciation so that will probably be my next one as soon as I have a minute, but I won't keep you waiting and will help you with your doubt.

      In Spanish "c" is pronounced like "k" (like in coke) when it is followed by "a", "o" and "u" (i.e. cafe, como, etc)

      If "c" is followed by "e" or "i" then it is pronounced like the initial sound of "thin" (i.e. in cereales). However, in some parts of South America and in the south of Spain they pronounce "ce" and "ci" this like an "s" (initial sound of cereals)

      Hope this helps :-)

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      jennysue19 

      8 years ago

      For breakfast you have cereal and orange juice, for lunch you have a sandwich and fruit, for dinner you have fish and vegetables. You like fruit but you don't like vegetables.

      How do you know if a 'c' in a word is hard or soft. e.g. cereales and cafe seem obvious from English pronunciation but what about cena? sorry, not sure how you do an 'e' with an accent.

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      Delia 

      8 years ago

      what a cute lens and a great way to learn Spanish...5*

    • Thegirl2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Thegirl2 

      8 years ago

      Desayuno cereales y zumo de naranja. Almuerzo un bocadillo y fruta. Ceno verduras y pescado. Me gusta la fruta, pero no me gustan las verduras.

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