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

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Beginners’ Spanish: food and drink

Actividad 5

In this activity you will accompany Lía, a young woman who lives in Madrid, on an evening out. You will learn how to order drinks and food in a bar in Spanish.


Today Lía has sent an invitation to her friends through Facebook. Look at her message and choose the correct answers to the questions that follow.

Lee y elige la opción correcta.

  1. ¿Por qué se reúnen Lía y sus amigos?
    • a.Es el cumpleaños de Lía.
    • b.Lía tiene hambre.
    • c.Es el último día de trabajo de Lía.
  2. ¿Qué es La Zapatilla?
    • a.una zapatería
    • b.un bar de tapas
    • c.una academia de flamenco


1 – (a); 2 – (b).

Culture: Tapas

In Spain, people often go to a bar before lunch or dinner to have a drink, usually accompanied by a small portion of food called a tapa. Tapas were traditionally served on a small round or oval plate. The origin of the word tapa is supposedly related to the old custom of bartenders placing a plate as a lid (tapa) over a glass of wine to protect it from dust or flies. Nowadays in some regions, bars don’t charge for the tapa, which comes free with the drink. Frequently people go to one or more bars to try out different tapas. This is called tapear, ir de tapeo or ir de tapas, and eating like this can often amount to a full meal.


Look at the pictures below and write down the name of each drink, choosing from the words or phrases in the box. One has been done for you.

Escribe los nombres de las bebidas.

zumo de piña • batido de chocolate • vino tinto • cubata • copa de coñac • mosto • caña de cerveza • agua mineral • refresco de naranja • gaseosa


  • el cubata / el cubalibre mixed drink of rum and coke
  • el mosto = el zumo de uva


The names of the drinks are:

1 zumo de piña; 2 caña de cerveza; 3 refresco de naranja; 4 vino tinto; 5 copa de coñac; 6 mosto; 7 agua mineral; 8 cubata; 9 batido de chocolate; 10 gaseosa.


Classify the drinks into alcoholic and non-alcoholic.


Bebidas con alcohol:

Bebidas sin alcohol:


Bebidas con alcohol: caña de cerveza, vino tinto, copa de coñac, cubata.

Bebidas sin alcohol: zumo de piña, refresco de naranja, mosto, agua mineral, batido de chocolate, gaseosa.


Lía and her friends are now at La Zapatilla. Listen to the following audio track in which Antón, one of Lía’s friends, asks everyone what they would like to drink. Then write down what each of them chooses.

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Transcript: Drinks orders

Listen to Antón taking drinks orders from his friends.

Antón ¡Hola Lía, guapa! ¿Qué quieres tomar? ¡Yo invito!

Lía ¡Gracias, Antón! Pues una cerveza fresquita.

Antón Vale. ¿Y tú Miguel?

Miguel Yo un mosto, que tengo que conducir.

Antón Marchando un mosto para Miguel. Noemí ¿qué tomas?

Noemí Ah ¿invitas tú? ¡Qué bien! Pues un tinto y un agua.

Antón ¿Y tú, Iker?

Iker Una cerveza, como la chica del cumpleaños.

Antón Vale. Bea ¿qué te pido?

Bea Gracias Antón, un tinto.

Antón Estupendo, y para mí una Coca-Cola.

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Escucha y escribe.

  • Lía
  • Miguel
  • Noemí
  • Iker
  • Bea
  • Antón


These are the drinks each person ordered.

Lía – una cerveza; Miguel – un mosto; Noemí – un tinto y un agua; Iker – una cerveza; Bea – un tinto; Antón – una Coca-Cola.


Listen to the following audio track in which Antón places his drinks order at the bar. Unfortunately he didn’t make notes of the drinks his friends wanted and he makes a mistake. Look at your notes from Step D and identify where he went wrong. Then give the correct order to the waiter in Spanish.

Escucha, identifica y pide.

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Transcript: Placing an order

Here’s Antón placing an order with the waiter.

—Camarero por favor, dos cervezas, un tinto, un agua, un mosto, y para mí, una Coca-Cola.

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Antón ordered one red wine only, not two (one for Noemí and one for Bea). This is the correct order as you would give it:

Camarero, por favor, dos cervezas, dos tintos, un agua, un mosto y una Coca-Cola.


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