Capítulo cinco: A comer

A plate of Mexican food
Mexican Food” by Alfonso Charles is under a Pixabay content license

Chapter Objectives

Before beginning this chapter, it is important to recognize which skills and tasks you will be expected to learn to perform. Do you already have some previous skills or knowledge in these areas that you can use to your advantage? Are there any topics that you foresee being difficult? If so, it is a good idea to pursue additional assistance to get ahead of any potential issues. You are the master of your education—you have the power to take ownership of your learning!

In this chapter, I will:

  • Recall vocabulary related to food
  • Discuss meals
  • Anticipate common expressions that are likely to be used in restaurants where Spanish is spoken
  • Manipulate sentences to avoid repetition in conversation and writing
  • Discuss ongoing actions in the present tense
  • Describe my professional goals
  • Apply knowledge of geography and vocabulary relating to nationality to talk about myself and the people of the Spanish-speaking world
  • Assess situations to determine whether the verb ser or the verb estar should be used
  • Differentiate between muy, más, and mucho
  • Discuss cultural, historical, economical, and geographical information about Costa Rica

Chapter Overview

Welcome to chapter 5, “A comer”. In chapter 4, you learned to describe and talk about your family and your plans and express what daily activities you like and dislike. In chapter 5, you will continue sharing some of your daily habits and routines with classmates. Afterward, you will discuss your favorite food, meals, restaurants, and recipes that are representative of your values, perspective, or culture. Also, you will discuss vocabulary relating to nationality to talk about yourself and the people of the Spanish-speaking world.

Vocabulary Functions/Structures/Grammar Culture/Readings

Useful phrases at a restaurant


Countries and nationalities

Ser vs. estar

Direct object pronouns

The present progressive:

estar + -ando/-iendo to express ongoing activities

Adverbs: muy, más, and mucho



Las comidas de Costa Rica

Country overview: Costa Rica



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