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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