When you arrive to a restaurant, the host will ask you the number of people that will have a meal, so that he can guide you to an appropriate table. The host might say something like this:
For how many people would your table be? - ¿Para cuántas personas sería su mesa?
After that, you will sit down, look at the menu and choose what you would like to eat and to drink. First, the waiter will ask you about your drink.
What drink would you like to order? - ¿Qué bebida le gustaría ordenar?
You can answer something like this:
I would like a lemonade, please. - Me gustaría una limonada, por favor.
Here you can find a list of drinks:
lemonade - limonada
orangeade - naranjada
fruit water - agua de frutas
juice - zumo o jugo
soda - refresco, soda o gaseosa
beer - cerveza
wine - vino
After writing down which drink you want, the waiter will ask you which plate from the menu you want to order. He might ask something like this:
What would you like to order as a meal? - ¿Qué le gustaría ordenar para comer?
You can answer like this:
I want a salad, please. - Quiero una ensalada, por favor.
Here you can find a list of food dishes:
salad - ensalada
rice - arroz
soup - sopa
chicken - pollo
beef - res
fish - pescado
The waiter will ask you if you want a dessert. He might say something like this:
Would you like to order some dessert? - ¿Le gustaría pedir un postre?
You can answer with one of the following sentences:
No, thank you. - No, gracias.
Yes. I would like a piece of chocolate cake, please. - Sí, me gustaría una rebanada de pastel de chocolate, por favor
Here you can find a list of desserts:
cake - pastel
ice-cream - helado
strawberries and cream - fresas con crema
flan - flan
pudding - pudín
When you are ready to pay, you can ask for the check like this:
Could you bring me the check, please? - ¿Podría traerme la cuenta, por favor?
Now I want to show you a poem about the wonders of a certain wine:
"To the «Abolengo» wine from the wineries of Misa (Jerez)"
Stop Passenger! Here rests
the Adam of Jerez wines,
father of so many illustrious old men
as they sleep around their pit.
Buried is the sun under this paving stone!
But worms don't eat it
but human life and soul
they still ask to its generous flame.
"Abolengo" is called this wine,
and in each drop it encloses, concentrated,
the fate of a thousand generations ...
If the troubles of the world make war on you,
taste it half a time, oh pilgrim!
and you will swear that heaven is on earth.
Pedro Antonio de Alarcón
Here you can find a glossary with some words from the poem:
losa: paving stone
What is your opinion about this poem? What is your favorite drink?