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This lesson is part of the Upper-Intermediate Spanish Course
(74 Spanish video or mp3 lessons. 4 hrs 3 mins)

Upper-Intermediate Spanish Course

In this free Spanish lesson we will look at more commonly used expressions in Spanish related to eating, such as Hacer ascos (To dislike certain food) and Comer a la fuerza (To force to eat). This is the second Spanish lesson in a series of two Spanish lessons on this topic. If you haven’t already watched the first lesson I recommend that you review it just before or just after this new Spanish lesson. Food is a great stimulator of conversation and very often one of the first times you get to practice Spanish is in a café or restaurant. We have already looked in detail at how to manage in a bar, café or restaurant when ordering and paying for food in Spanish. Now we will look at a few interesting Spanish expressions that you can use at the dinner table or when discussing your own eating habits and the eating habits of others. These types of Spanish expressions sound great if you can remember them and use them at the appropriate moment. They will show your in-depth knowledge of the Spanish language and put a smile on the face of a native speaker. Spanish people use typical expressions, phrases, idioms and proverbs a lot in everyday conversation and it is a good idea to start building up your repertoire. Try learning ten useful sentences every day and look out for them in the books, internet articles and magazines you read.

Lesson notes:

Hacer ascos: To dislike certain food
Mi hijo come muy bien, no le hace ascos a nada: My son eats very well, he doesn´t dislike anything

Tener o hacer remilgos: To have qualms about something/to turn your nose up at something
Mi hijo come fatal, hace muchos remilgos a la comida: My son eats very badly, he turns his nose up at food

(A food) no me dice/n nada: (A food) is/are nothing special to me
A mí los espaguetis no me dicen nada: Spaghetti is nothing special to me

A mí, (a food) ni fu ni fa: (A food) is/are nothing special to me
A mí, los espaguetis ni fu ni fa: Spaghetti is nothing special to me

Comer a la fuerza: To force to eat/Force-feed
A mí hijo tengo que darle de comer a la fuerza: I have to force my son to eat

Ponerse las botas: To eat a lot
Hoy me he puesto las botas a jamón: Today I have eaten a lot of ham

Activity:

Make up impersonal sentences from the following Spanish expressions…

Hacer ascos
(A food) no me dice/n nada
Ponerse las botas
Comer a la fuerza

Here are some possible answers to the last activity:

Siempre tengo hambre, es que tengo un estómago sin fondo
¡Come más hombre! ¡Comes como un pajarito!
¡Eres un glotón! ¡Para ya de comer!
Soraya come como una lima, no sé cómo puede estar tan delgada

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