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How to say “chorizo” & the like, & about bread

January 17, 2013

I found a website with the translation of some Spanish foods into different languages, including Japanese! http://www.espuna.co.uk/en/home.aspx

bocatatortillaI don’t know if you remember or ever knew that about 30 years ago people spoke Spanish (and Taglog and other native languages, of course) in the Philippines. It’s amazing that English displaced Spanish as fast as lighting! I still can’t believe it. Anyway, I was wondering how we could call Spanish bread. Well, I actually thought we should start using “Spanish bread” instead of what we use, “French bread,” because French bread is lighter than Spanish bread. To my surprise, I found this video! 0_0

For people who don’t know what Spanish bread is like — it’s not sweet! It’s savory. For Spaniards, read the posts here: http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/4539/spanish-breads. Here is an interesting article on Spanish bread. Anyway, when we mean Spanish bread, the closest is French bread, at least in shape!

Serrano ham sandwich (with Spanish bread)Bread is a basic food in Spain, like rice in China. We eat it with our meals — at breakfast as toast, though today most people have cookies or cereals, at lunch time usually with the second course, though a lot of people just have one course at lunch and at dinner (because of the hunger trauma, in the second half of the 1960s our parents made us eat huge amounts of food!! It was scary!!). Some people also have bread-snacks between breakfast and lunch (in the USA people call it brunch = breakfast + lunch) and as merienda, this is between lunch and dinner or supper.

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