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Marnie’s Spanish 101: Let’s Eat!

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Spanish for Kids – Español Para Niños

¡Hola Amigos! I’m Marnie with the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County and welcome to our Spanish 101 blog series for kids! Here you’ll find some wonderful resources, book suggestions, activities and songs to help your little ones learn Spanish and have fun while doing it!   

This week, we’re going to learn some common words we say during mealtimes.  Look over the following list of 14 words and try to see how many you can remember the next time you enjoy a meal with your family and friends! 


Table – (la) mesa (mehsah)                                             

Plate – (el) plato (plah-toh)                                                

Fork – (el) tenedor (tehnehdohr)   

Spoon – (la) cuchara (koochah-rah) 

Knife – (el) cuchillo (koo-cheeyoh)  

Napkin(la) servilleta (sehrveeyeh-tah) 

Food (la) comida (kohmeedah) 

Breakfast(el) desayuno (dehs-ah-yoonoh) 

Lunch – (el) almuerzo (ahl-mwehr-soh) 

Dinner(la) cena (seh-nah) 

Dessert(el) postre (pohs-treh) 

Juice – (el) jugo (hoo-goh) 

Gross/Yuck guácala (gwahkahlah) 

Tasty – sabroso (sahbrrohsoh) 


Common Phrases and Questions:

It’s time to eat – Vamos a comer (bahmohs ah kohmehr) 

I’m hungryTengo hambre (tehnggoh ahmbreh) 

Do you like it? – ¿Te gusta? (tehgoos-tah) 

I like it. – Me gusta (meh-goos-tah) 

Do you want more? – ¿Quieres más?  (kyehrehs mahs) 

Yes, I want some moreSi, quiero más (see kyehroh mahs) 

Excuse me – Con permiso (kohn pehrmeesoh) 

PleasePor favor (pohr fahbohr) 

Thank youGracias (grahsyahs) 

You’re welcomeDe nada (deh nahdah) 


Recommended Videos:

Watch a fun video that will help you practice talking about the foods you like and don’t like! 

Watch another recommended video that will show you how to ask someone what they’re hungry for.  

Suggested Reading:

Que rico! By Roberta Grobel Intrater

  • Filled with cute pictures of toddlers learning how to eat, this book is a great read aloud to enjoy together.
    Available for Curbside Pickup
    Ages 2-3 

La Hora De Comer / Mealtime by Ada Quinlivan

  • Follow along and enjoy every meal of the day, from breakfast to dinner, in this fun story.  Available from Hoopla
    Grade Level: Preschool – 1 

¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat by Raúl the Third

  • From Pura Belpré Medal-winning illustrator Raúl the Third, join Little Lobo on his next great adventure as he prepares for an exciting event and explores all his favorite foods.
    Available from Hoopla
    Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3 

Thank you so much for exploring this week’s Spanish 101 for Kids blog all about mealtimes! We’ll see you next time for more fun Spanish lessons, great books and fun activities!   

¡Hasta La Vista!  



Marnie is the Austintown Unit Assistant Supervisor & Youth Services Team Leader. She was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in northeast Ohio where she loved going to the library so much that she knew it was the career for her. When she’s not reading whatever she can get her hands on, she can be found trying new recipes, going for a hike or enjoying a good movie.