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Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Spanish Season 1, Lesson 23 - Asking for the check. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask for the check and verify the change in Spanish.
Becky: Here’s the formal way to ask “Can you bring me the check, please?” in Spanish.
Laura: [Normal] ¿Me trae la cuenta por favor?
Becky: First is a word meaning “to me”
Laura: [Normal] me [Slow] me
Becky: Next is the word meaning “bring”
Laura: [Normal] trae [Slow] trae
Becky: Next is the word meaning “the”
Laura: [Normal] la [Slow] la
Becky: Next is the word meaning “check”
Laura: [Normal] cuenta [Slow] cuenta
Becky: Last is the word meaning “please”
Laura: [Normal] por favor [Slow] por favor
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal question meaning “Can you bring me the check, please?”
Laura: [Slow] ¿Me trae la cuenta por favor? [Normal] ¿Me trae la cuenta por favor?
Becky: Now, let’s hear another common question “Where can I pay the bill?”
Laura: [Normal] ¿En dónde puedo pagar?
Becky: First is a word meaning “in”
Laura: [Normal] en [Slow] en
Becky: Next is the word meaning “where”
Laura: [Normal] dónde [Slow] dónde
Becky: Next is the word meaning “can I”
Laura: [Normal] puedo [Slow] puedo
Becky: Last is the word meaning “pay”
Laura: [Normal] pagar [Slow] pagar
Becky: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning “Where can I pay the bill?”
Laura: [Slow] ¿En dónde puedo pagar? [Normal] ¿En dónde puedo pagar?
Becky: Here’s a sentence meaning “Excuse me, the change is wrong.”
Laura: [Normal] Disculpe, el cambio es incorrecto.
Becky: First is a word meaning “excuse me”
Laura: [Normal] disculpe [Slow] disculpe
Becky: Next is the word meaning “the”
Laura: [Normal] el [Slow] el
Becky: Next is the word meaning “change”
Laura: [Normal] cambio [Slow] cambio
Becky: Next is the word meaning “is “
Laura: [Normal] es [Slow] es
Becky: Last is the word meaning “wrong”
Laura: [Normal] incorrecto [Slow] incorrecto
Becky: Listen again to the response, “Excuse me, the change is wrong.”
Laura: [Slow] Disculpe, el cambio es incorrecto. [Normal] Disculpe, el cambio es incorrecto.
Becky: Here’s an expression meaning, “Keep the change.”
Laura: [Normal] Quédese con el cambio.
Becky: First is a word meaning “you keep” in the formal register.
Laura: [Normal] quédese [Slow] quédese
Becky: Next is the word meaning “with”
Laura: [Normal] con [Slow] con
Becky: Next is the word meaning “the”
Laura: [Normal] el [Slow] el
Becky: Last is the word meaning “change”
Laura: [Normal] cambio [Slow] cambio
Becky: Listen again to the response, “Keep the change.”
Laura: [Slow] Quédese con el cambio. [Normal] Quédese con el cambio.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it’s time for a quick cultural insight.
Laura: In Mexico, it is customary to give tips to the waiter or waitress, of around 10% of the total bill.
Becky: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Laura: Hasta pronto.

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SpanishPod101.com
Friday at 6:30 pm
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Listeners! What would you say if someone gave you the wrong change?

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Sunday at 2:19 pm
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Hola Idil,


Thank you for your comment!

bill means recipt "recibo"

Sigamos practicando!


Saludos,

Carla

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Idil
Saturday at 12:50 am
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What is meaning of bill in spanish

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Hola Esteban,


If you want to use sentando the we need to add "se" to the sentence.

“Disculpe, creo que es mi asiento en el que usted se está sentando.”

But then this gives the sense that the action is happening at the same time.

In the original sentence the action already happen, the person is already sitting in her/his sit.


Saludos,

Carla

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Esteban
Monday at 2:46 pm
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Two examples from the vocabulary section


1. Example: "Disculpe, creo que es mi asiento en el que usted está sentado."

Translation: "Excuse me, I think this is my seat you are sitting on."


2. Example: "El cliente está pagando en la caja registradora."

Translation: "The customer is paying at the register."


Can you explain why in one case the participio is used ("sentado") and in the other the gerundio is used ("pagando")? I was expecting "sentando" not "sentado" in example 1.