Mariona is a Spaniard who lives in Koh Lipe, Thailand. In the following video, Mariona tells us what she likes to do when she returns to Spain.
Indeed, “ir de tapas” or “tomarse unas tapas con los amigos” (to have some tapas with friends) is a tradition so widespread in Spain that when you live abroad, you miss it very much.
This Spanish custom, which arose during the 18th century, is that for each drink served at a bar or café, the customer is provided a small portion of food. Sometimes tapas are very basic, for example, simple cheese or ham. However, over time tapas have evolved, and now there are bars that constantly innovate their recipes with unique and seasonal offerings.
On the other hand, the word “tapas” is one of the most international words that the Spanish language has produced.
Going for tapas with a group of friends is a common custom among Spaniards. The perfect time to do this is around noon, especially on weekends. In Madrid, there are many bars and areas where people from Madrid go for tapas, but we recommend you visit the area of La Latina on a Sunday morning.
Here are some of the Spanish expressions essential when going for tapas:
Para pedir bebida en un bar
To order a drink at a bar
Para preguntar por la bebida
To ask for a drink
Para pedir la cuenta
To order the bill
Para pedir comida
These exercise have names and images of some drinks. Match each one with its answer: