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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 a selection of commonly used expressions in Spanish related to eating, such as Ponerse morado (To eat a lot) and Comer como un pajarito (To eat very little). This is the first Spanish lesson in a series of two Spanish lessons on this topic. 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:

Comer como una lima: To eat a lot
Mi hermano come como una lima: My brother eats a lot

Ponerse como el quico: To eat a lot
Ayer nos pusimos como el quico en el restaurante: Yesterday we ate a lot in the restaurant

Ponerse morado: To eat a lot
Me ha encantado la comida, me he puesto morada: I loved the food, I ate a lot

Tener un estómago sin fondo: To be a big eater
Mi amiga Silvia tiene un estómago sin fondo, siempre está comiendo: My friend Silvia is a big eater, she is always eating

Ser un/a glotón/a: To be a glutton
María es una glotona: María is a glutton

Comer como un pajarito: To eat very little
Yo de pequeño/a comía como un pajarito: When I was a child I ate very little


Make up some sentences using the following Spanish expressions…

Tener un estómago sin fondo
Comer como un pajarito
Ser un/a glotón/a
Comer como una lima

Here are the answers to the last activity:

El mundo es un pañuelo
Más vale maña que fuerza
Tan cierto como dos y dos son cuatro
El que la sigue la consigue

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