The best way to practice Spanish in Santiago

Let’s face it. It’s not so easy to get an opportunity to practice your Spanish with real Chileans. Here are a few tips to make sure you do not go hungry

Have you heard about the “Lomito” at the Fuente Alemana? Don’t get me wrong it’s not a proper fountain! Well, in short it’s the kind of place you should visit if you’re living the Santiago Experience!

1. Find your spot and sit down

Around lunchtime it’s going to be crowded so… a good time to go it’s around 3 in the afternoon.

2. Be prepared with your order

Once the waitress comes to your spot you HAVE TO tell her INMEDIATELY in Spanish what you want! Patience is not one of their many virtues!
So start practicing: “Un lomito palta, por favor

3. Your order is ready

The second your order is confirmed… the magic begins!  A slab of chopped beef and pork will be thrown on the grill and the bread will be spread with generous amounts of avocado.

4. Don’t even try

Use your hands; no one will stare at you. It’s practically impossible to eat this monster with a fork and a knife. If you want you may use them to clean your plate!

5. La cuenta, por favor

All you need to say to get your receipt. Go to the line you see at the entrance and pay for your order. If you like your sandwich and the service, go to your spot and drop a few coins in a mysterious box around the counter.

If it’s one of those days in which you feel like conquering the world you can say: “Gracias, chao
Don’t wait for an answer!

Mariela Gutiérrez is Marketing Coordinator at Bridge Argentina and Chile.

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