Early Start Spanish 2
Section 13: ¿Te gusta el chocolate?- Do you like chocolate? [Food - likes/ dislikes]
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What you will learn about in section 13

Do you like it? - I don't like meat!
I like crisps! I like ice-cream!
Spanish salad - school dinners

This section extends your "table-talk" vocabulary. It introduces the names of some more food items and shows how an already familiar structure, "Me gusta / no me gusta" can be used when talking about food and drink.

Being able to tell people whether you like or don't like particular foods is very important for children travelling abroad and is a good topic for information exchange with your Spanish counterparts.

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Reading Spanish: "I Want my Banana"

I want my banana - Spanish-English bilingual book

Monkey's hungry, but he can't find his banana.
Some fearsome jungle creatures offer him tasty alternatives, but monkey isn't convinced of their generosity.

Available as an interactive CD-ROM - find out more>

..and as a book, price: £

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Arranging a Spanish meal

sliced chorizo sausage
Sliced spicy sausage - a traditional Spanish food

(RIGHT) Spanish fish market: mackerel hanging; stall with crabs.

One school decided to ask their caterers to have a "Spanish day", complete with an authentic Spanish menu for the children.

Parents were also invited to join in a taste of Spanish food, drink, music and language.

Many supermarkets stock some authentic Spanish foods - so it is possible to arrange a tasting experience at school which also becomes an occasion to practise the class's language and knowledge of Spain.

    Spanish mackerel  Spanish fish market

When Spanish fishermen go out in the warm seas of Spain's Mediterramean coast or the Bay of Biscay, they bring back different fish, like tuna - along with octopus, squid and many shell-fish..

Find some easy Spanish recipes
See what foods from Spain you can find in your local shops. In the Teacher's Guide, you have recipes for Spanish potato omelette (section 13) and Bizcocho sponge cake (section 9).

You can also use the Internet to find out more: one site we liked was a US Spanish food catalogue store, http://www.tienda.com/ . See what you can find-

all the web
Try other keywords, eg: paella, pepper

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A Spanish Breakfast

Another school did a "swap survey" on "What we eat for breakfast".

They found from their Spanish link school that most Spanish people start the day with a toasted roll with butter and jam (la mermelada), or a pastry. - such as a pointed cup cake called a Madeleine

A common favourite breakfast you can buy in cafes all over Spain is churros con chocolate -- a cup of hot drinking chocolate with deep-fried bitter fritters to dip in and eat. They are sold from early morning street stalls in the cities

Eggs are also popular: ommelettes, or scrambled, poached or hard-boiled. 

They found that, in Mexico, they eat scrambled eggs with chilli - it tastes like like a hot curry.


una tostada - a toasted roll

la mermelada - jam (NOT marmalade)

un bollo - a pastry

la magdalena - a Madeleine cake

La tortilla - omelette

los huevos - eggs

los huevos revueltos - scrambled eggs

los huevos pasados por agua - poached eggs

los huevos cocidos - hard boiled eggs

... with coffee, of course!

For grown-ups, the most popular hot drink at breakfast and during the day in Spain is coffee - from Latin America, the best coming from Colombia or Costa Rica, and usually drunk sweet with sugar.

un café solo - an espresso

un café con leche - a "latte" (coffee with warm milk).

un americano - a diluted black filter coffee

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How Spanish explorers brought CHOCOLATE to Europe

Sweet science of chocolate Drinking chocolate
(LEFT) - "The sweet science of CHOCOLATE" web site
(RIGHT) - How to make hot chocolate for a Spanish breakfast:
you break off lumps of this bar and melt them into hot milk.

One school planned a "Spanish Day" and wanted to start with an authentic Spanish breakfast. They asked pupils in their link school how different children started the day - and predictably received a variety of responses (they found just as much variety when they surveyed their own class' habits for a reciprocal information swap).

For the Spanish pupils, a cup of chocolate was high on the list. The English class looked into the history of chocolate, and found (via a search on the internet) it had first come to Europe from Latin America with 17th century Spanish conquistadors.

They researched the different ways that people had experimented with using the strange bitter beans... (You could start at "The Sweet Science of Chocolate", http://www.exploratorium.edu/exploring/exploring_chocolate/.)

They found that the typical Spanish breakfast is a link to the country's history - Columbus, Cortez and Pizarro, and the empires of the Inca, Aztecs and Maya that they subdued.

How to make Spanish chocolate
The class found one on-line store where their teacher could buy the ingredients by mail-order,
http://www.tienda.com/food/beverages.htm/. See what you can find-

all the web
Try other keywords, eg: cocoa bean, cacao, pizarro

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