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En el restaurante

En España, hoy es martes el 18 de diciembre de 2018.



See the restaurant vocabulary below.

Coffee Break Spanish

Coffee Break Spanish is a podcast produced by a couple of Scots, living in Spain. The lessons are aimed more or less at beginners, and sometimes they’re a little long, but occasionally their lessons targeted at specific activities are quite good.

You can subscribe to Coffee Break Spanish through iTunes by clicking here.

Here are some links to the Coffee Break Spanish lessons for restaurant vocabulary and phrases (you may want to listen to these as you prepare your dialogs and restaurant skits):

You can listen directly to the podcasts by using the following controls. (The advantage to downloading the podcasts above is that you can then put them on your iPod or MP3 player for mobil use)

Lesson 17: Getting a table and looking at the menu

Lesson 18: Special diets, food allergies, and complaints

Ignore the temporary/permanent nonsense at the end of this episode! Ser vs. estar has NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING to do with temporary vs. permanent!

Lesson 55: Irregular verbs in the preterite indicative

Baldo: 2009-04-12

2009-04-12 – © Baldo Partners: Hector Cantú & Carlos Castellanos; Universal Press Syndicate

Restaurant Vocabulary

Spanish Phrase English Approximation
ácido tart, acidic
agria bitter
caliente hot (temperature)
cenar to have dinner
¿Cuántas personas? How many people?
¿Cuántas son? How many are you? (formal)
la cuenta the check
dejar la propina to leave the tip
desear to desire/want
dulce sweet
la especialidad de la casa the specialty of the house
frío cold
¿Fumadores o no? Smoking, or no?
me gustaría I would like… (literally, it would be pleasing to me)
¿Hay un restaurante por aquí? Is there a restaurant nearby?
Hay que esperar. You have to wait (for a table).
el mesero, la mesera the waiter, the waitress
¿Nos trae el menú? Can you bring us the menu.
ofrecer to offer (irregular in the 1st person singular: ofrezco, ofreces, ofrece, ofrecemos, ofrecéis, ofrencen)
para mí for me (note the accent on the ‘i’ of mí)
pedir to ask for, order (e –> i stem change in the present indicative: pido, pides, pide, pedimos, pedís, piden; and 3rd person preterite indicative: pedí, pediste, pidió, pedimos, pedisteis, pidieron)
picante spicy hot
postre dessert
primer plato First plate (one of the regular courses in a meal in Spain, usually vegetable, pasta, or fish)
recomendar to recommend (e –> ie stem change in the present indicative: recomiendo, recomiendas, recomienda, recomendamos, recomendáis, recomiendan)
salado salty
segundo plato Second plate (one of the regular courses in a meal in Spain, usually meat or rice based)
servir to serve (e –> i stem change in the present indicative: sirvo, sirves, sirve, servimos, servís, sirven; and 3rd person preterite: serví, serviste, sirvió, servimos, servisteis, sirvieron)
Somos cuatro. We are 4. (there are 4 of us)
tengo hambre I’m hungry (literally, “I have hunger”)
tengo sed I’m thirsty (literally, “I have thirst”)
tibio lukewarm
¿Hay una mesa? Is there a table?
traer to bring (irregular in the 1st person singular: traigo, traes, trae, traemos, traéis, traen; and all forms in the preterite: traje, trajiste, trajo, trajimos, trajisteis, trajeron Note the lack of an ‘i’ in the 3rd person plural form.)
¿Quiere algo más? Would you like anything else?
Quisiera… I would like… (a very polite, idiomatic, way of saying “I want”)
¿Qué quiere para beber? What would you like to drink? (This can also be: ¿Qué quiere para tomar?)
¿Qué le traigo de tomar? What can I bring you to drink?
¿Qué están comiendo ellos? What are they having (eating)?
¿Qué lleva este plato? What does this dish contain?
¿Qué me recomienda? What do you recommend (to me)?