Monday, 9 April 2012

What Food Do You Like?


This post deals with talking about likes and dislikes in general, and in particular, food you like or dislike.


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a colleague. You are talking about personal tastes on food. At some point, the other person says to you something like: "what food do you like?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Qué comida te gusta?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Que comida le gusta (a usted)?

The question is an invitation for you to say what food you like/ don't like. When stating what you like/don't like, you DO NOT need to be concerned about the level of formality in the other person's question. Your main concern should be about communicating what food you like/ don't like. Perhaps you want to say that:

  • You like something (single item);
  • You like something (plural items);
  • You like a list of things;
  • You don't like something (single item);
  • You don't like something (plural items);
  • You don't like a list of items;

Here are some examples of how you could say what food you like/ don't like:
  • Me gusta el arroz (I like rice);
  • Me gustan las patatas (I like potatoes);
  • Me gustan las patatas, el arroz y las lentejas (I like potatoes, rice and lentils);
  • No me gusta el arroz (I don't like rice);
  • No me gustan las patatas (I don't like potatoes);
  • No me gustan las patatas ni el arroz ni las lentejas (I don't like potatoes nor rice or lentils);

Now you should practice answering the question:
¿Qué comida te gusta?

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