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Beginners’ Spanish: food and drink
Beginners’ Spanish: food and drink

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Actividad 2

In this activity you will listen to quantities and prices being talked about while shopping at a market.


Verónica is retired and often does some shopping for her elderly neighbour. Here she goes to the market. Listen to the following audio track and write down the prices and quantities of all the items she buys.

Escucha y escribe .

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ItemQuantityTotal price
aceitunas250 g€3,60
chorizo½ kg€7,90
jamón serrano200 g€6,50
gambas1 kg€13
lomo de ternera1½ kg€12 (“a 8 euros el kilo”)
tomates1 kg€1
pimientos½ kg€0,50

Language: Shopping for food

Here are some useful phrases that you will need to use or understand when shopping for food.

¿Qué le pongo? / ¿Qué le doy?What can I get you? (lit. What shall I give you?)
¿Qué desea?What would you like?
Me pone… / Me da…Can I have…
¿Algo más? / ¿Otra cosita?Anything else?
¿Qué más quiere?What else would you like?
Nada más. ¿Cuánto es?Nothing else. How much is it?


Now it’s time to make your own shopping list and practise asking for things.

Think of a favourite recipe and make a list of the products and the amounts you need to cook it. Look up any words you don’t know in the dictionary. Think of the expressions needed to ask how much each of the products on your list costs and to ask for the required amounts. Practise saying them aloud, paying particular attention to the intonation.

Haz una lista y habla.