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Jessi: Top 25 Spanish Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 10: How is the Spanish food? (In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Spanish learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.)
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question How is it? (food) In Spanish this is
Javier: ¿Qué tal está?
The first word in the question is
Javier: qué
Jessi: meaning what in English.
Javier: (Slow, by syllable) qué
Jessi: Listen again and repeat.
Javier: qué
{Pause}
Jessi: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Javier: tal
Jessi: meaning something like such.
Javier: (Slow, by syllable) tal
Jessi: Now repeat.
Javier: tal
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Javier: qué tal
{pause}
And next
Javier: está
Jessi: meaning is.
Javier: (Slow, by syllable) está
Jessi: Now repeat.
Javier: está
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Javier: qué tal está
{pause}
Jessi: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question How is it? (food)?
Javier: Está buenísima
Jessi: "It's very good. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Javier: (Slow) Está buenísima
{pause}
Jessi: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Javier: está
Jessi: meaning is.
Javier: (Slow, by syllable) está
Jessi: Now repeat
Javier: está
{Pause}
A: And after that
Javier: buenísima
meaning something like good.
Javier: (Slow, by syllable) buenísima
A:Now repeat.
Javier: buenísima
{Pause}
Jessi: Listen to the speaker say, It's very good, and then repeat.
Javier: Está buenísima
{pause}
Jessi: To use a different phrase, replace delicious with bad.
Javier: mala
Jessi: bad
Javier: (slow) mala (regular) mala
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with bad
Javier: Está mala
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace delicious. Say It's very good
{pause}
Javier: Está mala
Jessi: To expand on the pattern, replace bad with tasty.
Javier: sabrosa
Jessi: tasty
Javier: (slow) sabrosa (regular) sabrosa
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with tasty
Javier: Está sabrosa
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for bad. Say It's very good
{pause}
Javier: Está sabrosa
Jessi: To use a different phrase, replace tasty with salty.
Javier: salada
Jessi: salty
Javier: (slow) salada (regular) salada
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with salty
Javier: Está salada
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for tasty. Say It's very good
{pause}
Javier: Está salada
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Spain and someone asks you your opinion on the food you're eating. You want to say it's delicious. Respond to the question.
Javier: ¿Qué tal está? (five seconds) Está buenísima
Jessi: Now, you want to say it's bad Respond to the question.
Javier: ¿Qué tal está? (five seconds) Está mala
Jessi: you want to say it's tasty. . Answer the speaker's question.
Javier: ¿Qué tal está? (five seconds) Está sabrosa
Jessi: You want to say it's salty. Respond to the question.
Javier: ¿Qué tal está? (five seconds) Está salada
Jessi: Now you want to know what -that- person thinks of the meal. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Javier: ¿Qué tal está?
{pause}
Jessi: This is the end of Lesson 10

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😄every little bit helps me grow some

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Anirudh
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Buenos Dias,

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Creo, que la comida española es muy deliciosa y famosa en todo el mundo.?

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Hola Gail,


"¿Cómo?" - How?


La comida en Peru es deliciosa. De hecho en los últimos años se ha vuelto bastante popular en el mundo. Deberías buscar un restaurante peruano. Los platos mas tradicionales es el ceviche, causa rellena, arroz con pollo, ají de gallina, papa a la huancaína, anticuchos, etc.


Peruvian food is delicious. In fact in the last years it has become very popular around the world. You should search for a peruvian restaurant. The tradicional dishes are ceviche, causa rellena, arroz con pollo, ají de gallina, papa a la huancaína, anticuchos, etc.


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gail
Tuesday at 1:22 am
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When do you use ¿Cómo ?

How is Spanish food? ¿Cómo es la comida española?

How is Peruvian food? ¿Cómo es la comida peruana?

Please tell me about the food in Peru. In both languages (English and Spanish and if you want Japanese)

Por favor dígame sobre la comida en Perú. En ambas lenguas (inglés y español y si quiere japonés)

Somebody from Japan might be learning Spanish. Alguien de Japón pueden aprender español.

In the USA people eat the culture they are from. We have many cultures here.

En los Estados Unidos la gente come son de la cultura. Tenemos muchas culturas.

Ty Carla

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Tuesday at 11:13 am
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Hola Gail,


You will know it, because of the situation.

The correct questions would be ¿Qué tal está la comida? ¿Qué tal está el libro?, you need the verb "estar" to complete the question otherwise is not a question/sentence.


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gail
Monday at 7:33 am
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¿Qué tal está?

Está buenísima.

Está mala.

how do we know we are talking about food?

¿Qué tal ? Is used to ask how you are in Mexico. plain like that

so would ¿Qué tal la comida ? be more clear this does not have a verb.

can you say ¿Qué tal el libro? Answer The book is a mystery El libro es un misterio.

but está is a verb for things that change