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In this Spanish video lesson we will learn how to manage when buying food in a Spanish supermarket and very useful Spanish words such as “quiero” (I want) and “quería” (I would like). Take note of the way that certain words and phrases are used completely differently in Spanish than in English. “Dame…”, for example, means “Give me…” and it is usual to say this in a Spanish supermarket, shop or bar without sounding at all rude or abrupt. I would say: “Dame un kilo de patatas” (Give me a kilo of potatoes) and this sounds absolutely fine. I know from my experience of living in England that this would not go down at all well there and I would probably be given the very worst potatoes in the supermarket! It is always very important to be aware of the culture when learning a foreign language. Learning from a text book with no reference from a native speaker is a very limited way of learning the language. It is vital to know how the people really speak on the street and what sounds “right”.

Lesson notes:

Un kilo de…: a kilo of
Medio kilo de…: ½ kilo of
Un cuarto de kilo de…: ¼ kilo of…
Cien gramos de (doscientos/ trescientos gramos de…): 100 grams of…
Una docena de huevos: a dozen of eggs
Media docena de huevos: ½ dozen of eggs
Una lata de… (Dos latas/tres latas/cuatro latas de…): a can/tin of…
Un bote de…(Dos botes/tres botes/cuatro botes de…): a jar of…
Una botella de…(Dos botellas/tres botellas/cuatro botellas de…): a bottle of….
Un cartón de…(Dos cartones/tres cartones/cuatro cartones de…): a carton of…
Una bolsa de… (Dos bolsas/tres bolsas/cuatro bolsas de…): a bag of…
Un trozo de…: a chunk of….
En filetes: in filets
En rodajas: in slices
En lonchas:in rashers
Quiero: I want
Quería: I would like (more polite, literally it means “I wanted”)
Dame: Give me (This is not rude! It is usually used)
Déme: Give me (formal) (This is not rude! It is usually used)
¿Algo más?: Anything else?
Nada más: Nothing else.
¿Cuánto es?: How much is it?
dos (euros) con cincuenta: 2,50€
cincuenta céntimos: 0,50€
Aquí tiene: Here you are.

Activity:

Complete the gaps in this conversation…

Frutero: Hola, ¿qué quiere?
Cliente: Quería media …….. de huevos.
Frutero: Muy bien, ¿……. …….?
Cliente:Sí, un ……… de queso.
Frutero: Vale, ¿…….. ……..?
Cliente: No, ……. ……… ¿………… es?
Frutero: (3,50€)…… ….. …………
Cliente: ……… tiene.
Frutero: Gracias, ¡adiós!

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Leche
Zanahoria
Tomate
Cordero
Bacalao

 

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