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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

El mío tampoco / La mía tampoco.     Mine either Continue reading Expresiones Comunes Para Responder. Common Expressions When Responding.

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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:


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.


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


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


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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How To Memorize Vocabulary?

The best way to memorize new vocabulary and to increase it, is not only to repeat, but to connect, associate and repeat aloud.  Flash cards are a great way to drill words. It combines visualization, repetition and association with the image shown.  Great for group activities. However, if you has to study by yourself or in a small group, there is a different way to study vocabulary and it has proven to be successful when learning a second language. Here is how it works.


  1. Read all the words of the vocabulary.
  2. Go back a read it again but this time visualize, imagine the word.
  3. Go back and connect the words.
  4. Go back and create a story using words from previous vocabulary or add your own with the help of a dictionary.
  5. Go back a read your story aloud.Vocabulary Chart


  1. Read all the words once.

Libro, lápiz, me gusta, manzana, fresas, contigo, ayer, hoy, la tarde, perro

  1. Read them again visualizing them.

Libro:               Imagine the book, you reading it, big, old, great, blue, on the table..

Lápiz:              Imagine a pencil, writing with the pencil, cute pencil, broken pencil, yellow…

Me gusta:        Me gusta comer, bailar, correr… see yourself doing it

Manzana:        Picture yourself buying it, cutting it, eating it, holding it.

Fresas:            Make a juice, eat it with chocolate, enjoying it.

Contigo:           see your friend with you, a dog with you,

Hoy:                 Think of what you would do today.

La tarde:          Imagine what would you do in the afternoon.

Perro:              See a big dog, a puppy, a sleeping dog, a playing dog or a dog peeing your door.

  1. Connect the words

√   El libro y el lápiz.

√  Me gustan las manzanas, las fresas, el libro y el lápiz.

√  En el parque contigo y mi perro

  1. Create a story and see it, imagine it.

“Me gusta el parque. Hoy por la  tarde, voy contigo y el perro. Leo un libro y escribo. También como manzanas y fresas.”

  1. Read it aloud so you can hear yourself.

That is a vocabulary that you will learn by heart for life. Try it. You can do it. ☺