Friday, 20 July 2012

What Are You Going To Buy In The Delicatessen?


This post deals with shopping in general, and with things you may want to buy in a delicatessen in particular.


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or colleague. You are about to go shopping. and are making a shopping list. The other person says to you: "what are you going to buy in the delicatessen?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Qué vas a comprar en la charcutería*?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Qué va a comprar (usted) en la charcutería?


Answering is quite straightforward. Naming something you can buy in a delicatessen should be sufficient. You may also want to indicate the quantity/ amount of what you intend buying.

Here are some examples of what you could buy in a delicatessen:
  • Doscientos gramos de jamón de York (200 grams of cooked ham).
  • Medio kilo de lacón gallego (half a kilo of Galician cooked ham).
  • Doscientos gramos de jamón serrano (200 grams of dry cured ham).
  • Un jamón ibérico (an iberian ham).
  • Unos chorizos (some chorizo sausages).
  • Cien gramos de salchichón (100 grams of salami).
  • Cien gramos de fuet de Vic (100 grams of Vic sausage).
  • Cien gramos de mortadela italiana (100 grams of Italian mortadella/ Bologna).
  • Una terrina de paté (a terrine of paté).


*Please note that in some parts of the Spanish speaking world, the terms “salchichonería” or “fiambrería” may be more common than “charcutería

Now you should practice answering the question:
¿Qué vas a comprar en la charcutería?

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