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

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Beginners’ Spanish: food and drink

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In this activity you will learn how to pronounce the sounds /p/, /t/ and /k/ correctly in Spanish.

A

Listen to the following audio track and repeat the following words.

Escucha y repite.

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Listen and repeat, pronouncing each word carefully.

pescado, carne, cordero, cuarto de kilo, charcutería, cosita, cuánto

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pescado • carne • cordero • cuarto de kilo • charcutería • cosita • cuánto

Language: The pronunciation of the sounds /p/, /t/ and /k/

In Spanish these sounds correspond to the following spellings.

Sound Spelling Examples
/p/ p pasa, pera, pimiento, pulpo
/t/ t tomate, patata, atún
/k/

c (+ a, o, u)

qu (+ i, e)

k

casa, poco

quien, queso

kilo

Note that if you pronounce these sounds in Spanish whilst holding a piece of paper in front of your mouth, the paper should not move at all.

B

Listen to the following audio track and repeat the words and phrases, paying attention to the pronunciation of the letters ‘p’, ‘t’ and ‘c’. Then repeat the sentences, imitating the pronunciation of the speaker. You may wish to use the transcript.

Escucha y repite.

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Listen and repeat, paying attention to the pronunciation of the letters ‘p’, ‘t’ and ‘c’.

pescado, pollo, parmesano, patatas, pimientos, plátanos, tapas, tomates, ternera, tocino, tenemos, tostado, tomillo, estómago, cuánto, cuesta

Tenemos pescado y pollo.

Compramos patatas, pimientos y plátanos.

Tomamos tapas, ternera con tocino y tomates.

¿Cuánto cuesta el tomillo?

Preferimos el pan tostado.

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Key phrases
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Español de bolsillo

¿Cuánto cuestan los tomates?

¿Cuánto cuesta la mantequilla?

¿Cuánto valen las gambas?

¿Cuánto vale la lechuga?

Cien gramos de jamón serrano.

Un cuarto de kilo de queso manchego.

Medio kilo de limones.

Un litro de leche.

Media docena de huevos.

Nada más, gracias.

¿Cuánto es?

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