Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 3 – Ep.4 – Codos en la mesa

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In today’s audio Ben and Marina discuss Spanish table manners, cultural differences between Spain and the UK, and whether the Spanish or the British demand too much of themselves or are really capable or relaxing.

This audio goes wonderfully with our Spanish Table Manners video from a while back:
 

 
In this fun Spanish learning video from Ben and Marina we look at the different customs at the Spanish dining table, and Spanish superstitions involving the salt! Do listen to the second half analysis in English (from 4 mins 34) to get the most from the video.

Vocab and phrases from the ‘Analysis’ section of the video:

No se usa la servilleta – Serviettes aren’t generally used (in the UK)
En España se come mucha ensalada – A lot of salad is eaten in Spain
Otra cosa que se suele ver en la mesa española es una aceitera – Another thing you tend to see on the Spanish table is an olive oil bottle
Me resulta un poco violento pedirles una servilleta – I feel a bit uncomfortable asking them for a serviette
Cuando yo pongo la mesa – When I set the table
Soy un chapuza(s) – I don’t do things properly/I do things in half measures
Hacer chapuzas – To do some DIY
Hacerlo de manera chapuza – To do it not very well

More Great Spanish Learning Resources…

– Gold 2, mentioned in the video, is available here.
– The Advanced 3 worksheets, mentioned in the audio, are available here.

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