Practical Spanish for your conversational success
Es jueves, el 4 de mayo de 2017
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Do you ever get huevos y jueves mixed up? I do!
One time I ordered Thursdays Rancheros, then another time I said, Today is eggs.
Then I said, Estoy embarazada.
I thought I was saying “I’m embarrassed”, but in Spanish “Estoy emabarazada” means “I’m pregnant.” Then I was really embarrassed!
My friend helped me out.
She said, say “Tengo vergüenza” – I’m embarrassed. or
“¡Qué vergüenza!” – How embarrassing!
Back to our likes and dislikes. Today we’re going to talk about like things that are singular or plural. For example:
Me gusta apio. – I like celery.
Me gustan fresas. – I like strawberries.
In English we say I like celery, but in Spanish the literal translation is…Celery is pleasing to me.
In English we say I like strawberries, but in Spanish the literal translation is…Strawberries are pleasing to me.
is and are – singular and plural
Me gusta – singular
Me gustan – plural
Singular: Me gusta… / Me encanta…
…cilantro – cilantro
…cebolla – onion
…ajo – garlic
…chile picante – spicy chile
…chile verde – green chile
…chile colorado/rojo – red chile
…mole poblano – mole de Puebla, MX
…queso – cheese
…miel – honey
¿y a ti? – and to you? (is it pleasing?)
Plural: Me gustan… / Me encantan…
…totopos y salsa – chips and salsa
…comidas picantes – spicy foods
…los vinos argentinos – Argentinean wines
…las cervezas mexicanas – mexican beers
…los panes italianos – italian breads
…sopapillas – sopapillas
…las frutas tropicales – tropical fruits
…mangos – mangos
…las islas caribeñas – Caribbean islands
…las montañas – the mountains
…los museos de arte – art museums
¿y a ti? – and to you?
NOTE: The above is stating preferences, NOT saying what you would like (to order)
To say what you would like to order using this, say…
Me gustaría… or Me gustarían… I would like… This is similar to “Quisiera” that we had back in the 1st week of Posts.
To order in a restaurant you could say:
Quiero un taco, por favor. – I want…
Quisiera un taco, por favor. – I would like…
Me gustaría un taco, por favor. – I would like…
Quiero 2 tacos, por favor. – I want…
Quisiera 2 tacos, por favor. – I would like…
Me gustarían 2 tacos, por favor. – I would like…
It is only the gustaría or gustarían that changes. The others don’t.
1. Write in your notebook 4 things that you like that are singular and 4 things that are plural.
2. Practice with the various ways of ordering at a restaurant. The go out and do it!
Thanks so much for being here. Let me know if you have any questions about today’s Post.
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Muchas gracias y hasta manaña
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