Getting by at the supermarket
En el supermercado At the supermarket
The following information will help you when you are out and about at the supermarket.
Popular products and useful phrases
There are a few main supermarkets in the Estepona and Marbella areas, but the most popular, everyday supermarkets are Supersol and Mercadona.
Supersol - This tends to be a little more expensive than Mercadona although it carries slightly more English products. There is a Supersol supermarket about 5 minutes from the Spanish school.
Mercadona - This is a very Spanish supermarket and has a superb range of products, including a fresh fish / seafood counter and a huge selection of fruit and vegetables. There is also a Mercadona 5 minutes from the Spanish school.
Some of the main products you will need
Let's start with some fruit and vegetables. Although some will be very familiar sounding, others will bear no resemblence what so ever.
Apple(s) - Manzana(s)
Orange(s) - Naranja(s)
Pear(s) - Pera(s)
Pineapple(s) - Piña(s)
Banana(s) - Plátano(s)
Grapefruit - Pomelo
Grapes - Uvas
Lemon(s) - Limón(es)
Peaches - (Melocotón(es)
Most supermarkets have the fruit on shelves but occasionally you might need to ask an assistant to give you a certain weight of fruit.
1 kilo of oranges please - un kilo de naranjas por favor
1/2 a kilo of apples - medio kilo de manzanas
2 grapefruits - dos pomelos
Now let's look at some of the main vegetables you might need for everyday cooking in Spain.
Carrot(s) - Zanahoria(s)
Potatoes - Patatas
Onion(s) - Cebolla(s)
Garlic - Ajo
A red pepper - un pimiento rojo
A green pepper - un pimiento verde
Tomatoes - Tomates
Lettuce - Lechuga
Salad - Ensalada
Spinach - Espinacas
Courgettes - Calabacines
Buying meat at a supermarket can be a challenge if you do not know the different meats in Spanish.
En la Carnicería - in the butchers (meat counter)
Chicken - Pollo
Beef - Ternera
Veal - Ternera Blanca
Pork - Cerdo
Lamb - Cordero
Duck - Pato