Spanish Short Stories: El desayuno

Today’s story: El desayuno.

Welcome to this new section of Spanish to Mind!

My goal is to help you increase your vocabulary using short stories.

Let’s get started!

Story: El desayuno: Here’s how it works!

This will be a short Spanish lesson, yet it will be a powerful way to memorize new real-life phrases, just go through the following steps:

  1. Check out the phrases that I want you to learn in this lesson.
  2. Play the video and identify the phrases.
  3. Say all the phrases out loud
  4. Answer the questions at the end of this post, do it in Spanish.
  5. Listen to the story several times and practice the phrases during the week.

Let’s get to work!

Here are the key phrases of the story:

Felipe muere de hambre: Spanish speakers use this expression to indicate that they are really starving. It’s just like when we say in English something like ‘I’m dying of hunger’.

In the story, Felipe is starving because he hasn’t taken his desayuno (Breakfast).

De un momento a otro: This means, basically, ‘All of a sudden’. We use this in Spanish to indicate that something comes unexpectedly.

Se me hace agua la boca de solo pensar en comida: This phrase is just saying that Felipe feels even more hungry when he thinks about food, in English, it would be something like:‘My mouth waters just when I think about food’

Felipe no puede más: With this phrase we’re indicating that Felipe can’t keep doing what he is doing, in English we could express the same thing by saying ‘Felipe can’t take it anymore’.

Está a punto de abrir la puerta: In the story, this phrase is expressing that Felipe was just a second away from opening the door. In English, this literally means‘He is about to open the door’.

Alright, those are the key phrases! Now play the video, try to identify the phrases and then play the video one more time and see if you can say the phrases along with the video.

Short story: El desayuno

Questions for the story ‘el desayuno’

It’s time for practicing your Spanish. Answer the following questions in the comments below, try to do it using the same phrases that you hear in the story.

You don’t need to give long answers, just write the phrase and that’s it!

Here are the questions:

  1. ¿Cuál es el problema de Felipe?
  2. ¿Quién invita a Felipe a desayunar?
  3. ¿Qué piensa Felipe?
  4. ¿Quién se desmaya y por qué?
  5. ¿Qué dice Carmen al final?

Leave your answers in the comments below and don’t forget to share this post with your friends so they can increase their Spanish vocabulary too.

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Diego Cuadros is a blogger and a Spanish online teacher. He uses stories to help Spanish lovers understand fast-speaking native speakers, so they don't freeze and panic in conversations.

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