Spanish by Choice/SpanishPod newbie lesson A0047/Print version

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A0047: Coffee Time[edit]


Finally! JP and Liliana reveal the secret of Leo's coffee: a little bit of leche – milk, which is also our keyword. Moreover, we learn about Mexican coffee culture. Mmm!

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mujer: ¡Oye! ¿Te apetece un café?
hombre: Claro que sí.
mujer: ¿Solo o con leche?
hombre: Con un poco de leche, por favor.
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Dialogue with Translation[edit]

mujer: ¡Oye! ¿Te apetece un café?
hear (to) you (it) appetizes a coffee
woman: Hey! Do you want a coffee?
hombre: Claro que sí.
clearly that yes
man: Of course yes.
mujer: ¿Solo o con leche?
alone or with milk
woman: Black or with milk?
hombre: Con un poco de leche, por favor.
with a little bit of milk please
man: With a little bit of milk, please.
el café – the cup of coffee
la leche – the milk
mujer en Chiapas – woman in Chiapas (Mexico)

Vocabulary for Dialogue[edit]

la mujer noun (feminine) the woman
el hombre noun (masculine) the man
oír verb (infinitive) to hear
¡(tú) oye! verb (imperative) (you) listen! (informal, singular)
te indirect object pronoun (to) you (informal, singular)
apetecer verb (infinitive) to appetize
(él/ella) apetece verb (present tense) he/she(/it) appetizes
un/una article (m./f.) a
el café noun (masculine) the (cup of) coffee
claro adverb clearly
que conjunction that
adverb yes
solo/sola adjective (m./f.) alone
o conjunction or
con preposition with
la leche noun (feminine) the milk
un poco phrase a little bit
de preposition of
un poco de leche phrase a little bit of milk
por favor phrase please

Vocabulary for Audio Lesson[edit]

negro/negra adjective (m./f.) black
café negro phrase black coffee
café solo phrase black coffee
querer verb (infinitive) to want
(él/ella) quiere verb (present tense) he/she(/it) wants
Colombia noun (feminine) Colombia
café suave phrase smooth coffee
México/Méjico noun (masculine) Mexico
Chiapas noun (plural, masculine) Chiapas (a Mexican state)
Antigua noun (feminine) Antigua (city in Guatemala)
Guatemala noun (feminine) Guatemala
la parroquia noun (feminine) the parish (church)
café de la parroquia phrase coffee of the parish
Veracruz noun (feminine) Veracruz (city in Mexico)
hasta luego phrase see you later
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More Vocabulary[edit]

This section includes grammatically related words. Some of them are required by the exercise Dialogue Recast.

oír infinitive to hear
¡(tú) oye! imperative (you) hear! (informal, singular)
¡(usted) oiga! (you) hear! (formal, singular)
¡(nosotros/-as) oigamos! (let's) hear! (m./f.)
¡(vosotros/-as) oíd! (you) hear! (informal, plural, m./f.)
¡(ustedes) oigan! (you) hear! (formal, plural)
me indirect object pronoun (to) me
te (to) you (informal, singular)
le (to) him/her(/it)
le (to) you (formal, singular)
nos (to) us
os (to) you (informal, plural)
les (to) them
les (to) you (formal, plural)
apetecer infinitive to appetize
(yo) apetezco present tense I appetize
(tú) apeteces you appetize (informal, singular)
(él/ella) apetece he/she(/it) appetizes
(usted) apetece you appetize (formal, singular)
(nosotros/-as) apetecemos we appetize (m./f.)
(vosotros/-as) apetecéis you appetize (informal, plural, m./f.)
(ellos/ellas) apetecen they appetize (m./f.)
(ustedes) apetecen you appetize (formal, plural)
querer infinitive to want
(yo) quiero present tense I want
(tú) quieres you want (informal, singular)
(él/ella) quiere he/she(/it) wants
(usted) quiere you want (formal, singular)
(nosotros/-as) queremos we want (m./f.)
(vosotros/-as) queréis you want (informal, plural, m./f.)
(ellos/ellas) quieren they want (m./f.)
(ustedes) quieren you want (formal, plural)
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Dialogue Translation

Cover the right column, translate from Spanish to English and uncover the right column line by line to check your answers. If possible, read the Spanish sentences aloud.

¡Oye! ¿Te apetece un café? Hey! Do you want a coffee?
Claro que sí. Of course yes.
¿Solo o con leche? Black or with milk?
Con un poco de leche, por favor. With a little bit of milk, please.

Dialogue Recall

Now translate from English to Spanish. Remember to say the Spanish sentences aloud.

Hey! Do you want a coffee? ¡Oye! ¿Te apetece un café?
Of course yes. Claro que sí.
Black or with milk? ¿Solo o con leche?
With a little bit of milk, please. Con un poco de leche, por favor.

Dialogue Remix

Translate this variant of the dialogue from English to Spanish.

Would you like a little bit of milk? ¿Te apetece un poco de leche?
Coffee with milk? ¿Café con leche?
Of course. One coffee with milk. Claro. Un café con leche.
Hey! ¡Oye!
Yes? ¿Sí?
A black coffee, please. Un café solo, por favor.
You would like a black coffee? ¿Te apetece un café solo?
Of course yes. Claro que sí.
Of course. Claro.

Dialogue Recast

This translation exercise requires some of the words from the More Vocabulary section.

Hey! Do you want a coffee? (formal) ¡Oiga! ¿Le apetece un café?
Of course yes. Claro que sí.
Black or with milk? ¿Solo o con leche?
With a little bit of milk, please. Con un poco de leche, por favor.

Image Credits

  • “Image:A small cup of coffee.JPG” by Julius Schorzman (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License)
  • “Image:Milk glass.jpg” by Stefan Kühn (GNU Free Documentation License)
  • “Image:Girl in chiapas.jpg” by Arturo Avila (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License)