Vocabulary - meals and verbs to talk about food

Hands taking tapas from table

Spanish people usually eat much later than other Europeans, with lunch normally being eaten between 14:00 and 16:00 and dinner between 21:00 and 23:00. People in Barcelona tend to eat dinner around an hour earlier than those in Madrid, while in tourist resorts dinner is usually served from 19:00 or 20:00.

Here is some useful vocabulary to talk about meals.

el almuerzolunch
la bebidadrink
la cenaevening meal
la comidameal/lunch
el desayunobreakfast
la meriendaafternoon snack

Here are some useful verbs to talk about food.

almorzarto have lunch
beberto drink
cenarto have dinner
comerto eat
desayunarto have breakfast
merendarto have an afternoon snack
probarto taste/try
tener hambre/sedto be hungry/thirsty
tomarto take/have

Translate the following information about meal times into English.

La comida más grande del día es el almuerzo, que es normalmente entre las dos y las tres de la tarde. Hay un primer plato, por ejemplo una sopa, una ensalada o unas verduras, un segundo plato con carne o pescado y luego un postre.

The biggest meal of the day is lunch, which is normally between two and three in the afternoon. There is a starter, for example a soup, salad or vegetables, a main course with meat or fish and then a dessert.