Drinks in Spanish: Vocabulary and Listening Practice

In this lesson, we will introduce the vocabulary for common drinks in Spanish. More than list of words, we will show you examples of sentences using beverages in Spanish so that you can make similar sentences. We will relate the content of this lesson to some other important topics in Spanish and will practice listening too. Let’s start…

Vocabulary introduction: A list of common drinks in Spanish

In most countries in Latin America, we generally use the word “BEBIDAS” to refer to drinks in Spanish. There are lots of different types of drinks in each country, but there are some that you can find anywhere such as “café” (coffee) or “Té” (tea). Those beverages are the ones we have included in the picture below, but we will expand the list later.

A list of common drinks in Spanish
Bebidas comunes en español

It’s time to listen to the pronunciation of the vocabulary for beverages in Spanish. The grammar structure for these sentences include ways to ask or say what you would like in Spanish, how to say what you like or dislike and basic requests in the language. If you want to learn more about each related topic, please click on the links to each lesson.

Café – ¿Quieres tomar una taza de café?
Coffee – Do you want to have a cup of coffee?
Gaseosa – ¿Le gustaría tomar gaseosa o té?
Soda – Would you like to drink soda or tea?
Té – Me gusta mucho el té verde de Taiwán.
Tea – I really like green tea from Taiwan.
Agua Mineral – ¿Me puede vender una botella de agua mineral por favor?
Mineral Water – Can you sell me a bottle of mineral water please?
Vino – Tomemos una copa de vino antes de la cena.
Wine – Let’s have a glass of wine before dinner.
Leche – Necesito comprar un litro de leche.
Milk – I need to buy a liter of milk.
Cerveza – ¿Cuánto valen las cervezas? – Las cervezas valen 3 dólares.
Beer – How much are the beers? – Beers are $ 3.
Jugo – ¿Qué prefieres, el jugo de manzana o el jugo de naranja?
Juice – What do you prefer, apple juice or orange juice?
Vodka – El vodka es una bebida alcohólica.
Vodka – Vodka is an alcoholic beverage.
Ron – Me regalaron una botella de ron.
Rum – They gave me a bottle of rum.

There are many other names of drinks in Spanish. For example, just for coffee there is “café negro”, “café descafeinado”, “café con leche” and lot more. Similarly, there are different types of juice such as “limonada”, “jugo de papaya”, “jugo de melón” and more. As for tea, the most common are related to colors such as “té negro”, “té verde”, “té rojo” and others. It would certainly be difficult to cover all of the beverages in a single lesson, so we will go back to this topic again in the future. For now, keep in mind those drinks in Spanish we presented above as they are probably the ones you will hear more often in conversations.

Listening Activity No. 1: Describing and identifying drinks in Spanish

Listen to someone describing different types of drinks in Spanish. Which drink is he talking about? Listen and then solve the exercises in the interactive quiz. ¡Buena suerte!

Listening Quiz: Picking the right drinks in Spanish

Listen to the recording again. The speaker is describing 5 different beverages in Spanish. Select the ones that he is describing out of the given options.

Audio script: Identifying drinks in Spanish
1. Bebida No.1: Esta bebida se hace con frutas. Puedes usar naranjas, limones, fresas o cualquier otra fruta que puedas encontrar.
a. El té
b. El café
c. El jugo
2. Bebida No.2: Esta bebida es muy famosa en Inglaterra. Se hace con hierbas y a veces tiene efectos medicinales.
a. La cerveza
b. El té
c. El vino
3. Bebida No.3: Esta bebida es muy famosa en América Latina, especialmente si viene de Colombia. Le podemos agregar azúcar, leche y varias cosas más.
a. El agua mineral.
b. El café
c. La cerveza
4. Bebida No.4: Esta es una bebida alcohólica que es muy famosa alrededor del mundo, especialmente en Europa. Es de color amarillo con espuma blanca.
a. El vino
b. La leche
c. La cerveza
5. Bebida No.5: Esta bebida es un poco cara. Puedes encontrarla en restaurantes. Se produce en países como España, Italia y Francia.
a. El vino
b. El café
c. La gaseosa

Listening Activity No. 2: Talking about drinks in Spanish

It’s time for the main listening activity in this lesson. If you get how the examples we presented work, then the conversation won’t be hard to understand. Take notes of the drinks in Spanish they are talking about, as well as any other information you consider important to solve the quiz.

Key expressions in the conversation:
1. “Tan extraño”/ “Qué extraño” mean “So weird!”
2. “Pues mira, aquí tengo…” mean “Hey, look… here I have…”
3. “¿Por qué preguntas?” means “Why do you ask?”

Listening Quiz: Talking about drinks in Spanish.

Listen to the conversation again and use its content to solve this short quiz. If you don’t understand the recording after a few attempts, then please check the script. ¡Buena suerte!

Conversation script: Talking about drinks in Spanish
Carlos: ¿Qué estás tomando?
Francisco: Estoy tomando jugo.
Carlos: ¿Jugo? Que jugo tan extraño.
Francisco: Es jugo de varias frutas. Tiene naranja, kiwi, manzana y papaya. ¿Te gustan los jugos?
Carlos: Me gustan los jugos, pero me gusta más el café, especialmente si es café colombiano.
Francisco: ¿En serio? Pues mira, aquí tengo un poco de café colombiano. Le puedes agregar un poco de leche si quieres.
Carlos: Buena idea. El café con leche es delicioso. Oye, ¿Estás ocupado esta noche?
Francisco: No, estoy libre. ¿Por qué preguntas?
Carlos: Pues mira…hoy es mi cumpleaños, así que quiero celebrar con mis amigos. Vamos a tomar cervezas. ¿Quieres ir?
Francisco: Claro que voy contigo, aunque no me gustan las cervezas. Prefiero el ron y el vino.
Carlos: ¡No te preocupes! Tendremos de todo tipo de bebidas, incluyendo té y gaseosas.

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