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

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Beginners’ Spanish: food and drink

Actividad 8

This activity is about the last stage of a meal and getting the bill.

A

After desserts have been served the waiter normally asks about coffee or other drinks. Listen to the audio track below and write down which of the following drinks are ordered.

Escucha y escribe.

Vocabulario

  • el cortado expresso coffee with a dash of milk
  • la manzanilla camomile tea
  • el poleo menta peppermint tea
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Transcript: At the end of a meal

What do these people order at the end of their meal?

1 —¿Va a tomar café?

—Sí, un cortado por favor.

2 —¿Los señores van a tomar café?

—Sí, un café solo.

—Y para mí, un poleo menta.

3 —¿Quiere café?

—No, voy a tomar un té verde.

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  • un café solo
  • una manzanilla
  • un cortado
  • un poleo menta
  • un café con leche
  • un té verde

Answer

The drinks ordered are: un cortado, un café solo, un poleo menta, un té verde.

Culture: After-dinner conversation (La sobremesa)

A feature of relaxed meals in Spain is the opportunity to continue chatting over coffee and possibly liqueurs after a meal. This has a special name, la sobremesa, and it is regarded as an important part of the occasion for friends and family, whether at home or in a restaurant. This is also true of business lunches: Spaniards are very particular about food and wine, and business deals are often made over lunch or dinner in a restaurant. Chatting together after a meal is known as estar de sobremesa.

B

Listen to the short dialogues on the following audio track and decide which are initiated by the customer and which by the waiter.

Escucha y decide.

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Transcript: End of meal dialogue

What are these short dialogues about?

1 —¿Me trae la cuenta, por favor?

—Por supuesto, enseguida.

2 —¿Nos puede traer la cuenta, por favor?

—Enseguida la traigo.

3 —Cuando pueda ¿nos trae la cuenta?

—Sí, al momento.

4 —¿Qué tal todo?

—¡Muy bueno! Todo muy rico.

5 —¿Desean algo más?

—No, nada más, gracias.

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Answer

All the dialogues take place at the end of the meal. 1, 2, 3 are initiated by the customer, and are different ways of asking for the bill. 4 and 5 are initiated by the waiter, asking about the meal.

C

Listen to the dialogues in Casa Domingo and El Clavel on the following audio track and answer the questions.

Escucha y contesta.

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Transcript: Short dialogue

Here are a couple of short dialogues in two different restaurants.

Restaurante Casa Domingo

Camarera ¿Qué tal el postre?

Cliente Buenísimo.

Camarera ¿Desean algo más?

Cliente No, nada más. La cuenta, por favor.

Camarera A ver, dos menús del día y los cafés… son 30 euros.

Cliente ¿Puedo pagar con tarjeta?

Camarera No, lo siento, solo aceptamos efectivo.

Restaurante El Clavel

Cliente ¡Camarero! ¿Nos cobra cuando pueda?

Camarero Un momentito, enseguida voy.

(música)

Camarero Aquí tienen la cuenta. Dos primeros, dos segundos, la bebida y los cafés… Son 40 euros.

Cliente ¿Puedo pagar con tarjeta?

Camarero Sí, por supuesto.

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  1. In which restaurant does the customer attract the waiter’s attention to ask for the bill?
  2. In which restaurant can you pay with a credit card?
  3. In which restaurant does the customer pay less?

Answer

1 and 2: Restaurante El Clavel; 3: Casa Domingo.

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Transcript: Requesting the bill

Español de bolsillo

¿Desean algo más?

Nada más, gracias.

La cuenta, por favor.

La cuenta, cuando pueda.

¿Me trae la cuenta?

¿Nos puede traer la cuenta?

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