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Expresiones Comunes Para Responder. Common Expressions When Responding.

Espero que sí .    I hope so.

Espero que no.    I hope not

Caramba!    Gosh!

Por Dios! Por el amor de Dios!    My gosh/ God!

Caray!   Geeze!

Yo también.     So do I. Also do I.

Yo tampoco.    Neither do I. I don’t either

El mío también / La mía también .    Mine too

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Colombia, Tierra Querida. Watch, Listen and Read.

Así es Colombia… un país mágico lleno de gente buena, trabajadora, alegre y amable. Un país de contrastes y lugares hermosos, donde disfrutar y pasar momentos inolvidables.

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En El Restaurante – Vocabulario

Learning Spanish the real way. This is a very practical vocabulary so next time you go to a Hispanic restaurant, try it!

Vocabulario Activo:

Personal:

Anfitrión (a)      =         host / hostess

Cliente (m.f)       =        customer

Cocinero (a)        =       cook

Gerente (m.f.)     =       manager

Mesero (a)          =       waiter (1)

Camarero (a)     =       waiter (1)

(1) the word is rarely use. Most people call them by their name.

Objetos:

Botellla               =        bottle

Cubiertos (m)     =        silverware

Cuchara              =         spoon

Cuchillo (m)      =         knife

Mantel (m)        =          tablecloth

Mesa                   =        table

Menú (m)           =        menu

Palillo (m)          =        toothpick

Plato (m)             =        plate

Servilleta           =         napkin

Silla                    =        chair

Tenedor (m)      =          fork

Vaso    (m)          =        glass

Vela                    =        candle

Servicio:

Barato                =         cheap

Bebidas              =         beverages / drinks

Bufé    (m)          =        buffet

Caro                    =        Expensive

Entremés (m)     =         appetizer

Especialidad        =       specialty

Plato    (m)            =      dish

Plato fuerte (m)    =      main dish

Poner la mesa       =      to set the table

Quitar la mesa      =      to clear the table

Reclamación         =      complaint

Servicio (m)           =     service

Expresiones:

Desean algo para tomar?  = Do you want something to drink?

Puedo traerles unos entremeses?  = May I bring you some appetizer?

Cuál es la especialidad de la casa? =  What’s the specialty of the house?

Tarjeta de crédito o débito     =  Credit or debit card

La cuenta, por favor.               =         The check, please.

Cobrar más de la cuenta         =          to overcharge

Comida de segundo plato       =          second fidle / cast-off

Cuánto dejamos de propina? =          How much do we tip?

To be polite, we use expression such as: gustaría, desearía, apetece

Le gustaría + infinitive or a noun.  (would you like…) Example:

Le gustaría un vino? Le gustaría acompañar… con un vino?

(would you like some wine? would you like to accompany… with some wine?

Sí, me gustaría… =  I would like

Sí, por favor. = Yes, please

Sí, un vino rojo. = Yes, red wine.

Sí, qué clase de vino tiene? Yes, what’s available?

Sí, tiene vino blanco?  = Yes, do you have white wine?

Sí, Tiene Chardonnay? = Do you have Chardonnay?

No. Gracias. = No, thank you.

Desearía + infinite or a noun:  (Do you want …) Example:

Desearía un vino? Desearía acompañar … con un vino?

Sí, desearía…  = yes, I want…

Do you want some wine?  Do you want to accompany … with some wine?

Le apetece un vino? Do you feel like a wine?

Sí, me apetece… = yes, I feel like…

Apetecer is mostly used to express what we feel like eating. However, it’s not wrong to say would you like or do you want.

Other ways to order:

Yo prefiero = I prefer

Yo quiero = I want

yo deseo = I want / I desire

traigame =  bring me

Y nunca olvide decir “por favor y gracias.”

(don’t forget to say please and thank you)

Recuerda, “lo cortés no quita lo valiente.”

(It’s an expression that translates “You don’t lose anything by being polite/ it doesn’t hurt to be polite.”)

Buen apetito!

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Why Learning Spanish?

Diversity:

Hispanics are the largest minority in the United States. In the business world understanding others in their own language is a plus.

To Work:

One thing is to learn some words and expressions and another is to learn Spanish enough to use it for work and to advance professionally.  Speaking Spanish also enhances your resume and increases your employment possibilities.

For FUN and to Travel:

Want to learn just for FUN?  Great! it makes the learning process easier. When we set up our mind to learn a second language just because one wants to get along with others, you have 50% of the success already!

Keep Your Brain Working:

Researches show that learning a second language sharpness the memory and may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.

To Blog in Spanish:

As bloggers, you will also be able to expand your market to the Hispanic populations.

Whatever the reason is, here your dream will come to pass!