Intermediate Spanish Review Lesson 40 Describing how things taste and smell in Spanish Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Learning, Spanish Culture, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary, Videos

¡Hola! ¿Cómo estáis?

Hoy vamos a practicar cómo describir el sabor y el olor de las cosas. Today we will practice describing how things taste and smell in Spanish.

Answers to all tasks involved in this lesson will be given at the end of the post and you can also follow a link with this post to watch the original theory video lesson on the same topic.

To go back and watch the original video lesson please follow this link:

Intermediate theory video lesson 40

1. First, let´s see if you understand the following sentences in Spanish:

Este perfume huele fenomenal.
La paella huele que alimenta.
El postre está muy rico.
Aquí huele muy mal.
No entres, ahí huele que apesta.
Tengo debilidad por el chocolate.
No me molesta este olor.
No puedo comer esto, me da asco.

2. Next, I will say some different foods in Spanish and I would like you to make a sentence for each one using some of the expressions you have learned depending on your particular preference. For example, if I say “El café”, if you like it, you could say “Me encanta el café” but if you don´t like it you could say “El café me sabe fatal”:

El pescado
El chocolate
Las naranjas
El vino tinto
El whisky
El arroz
El pan
Las fresas

3. Now let´s do the same type of exercise, but this time describing smells:

Las rosas
El pan
El café
Las sardinas
El huevo cocido
Los perfumes fuertes
Los bebés
Las flores

4. Next, let´s practice different tastes. Please try to translate the following sentences from English to Spanish:

I don´t like desserts. I prefer savoury food.
Lemons are very sharp.
I don´t like bland food.
Do you like bitter chocolate?
I love spicy food.

5. Finally, please translate these sentences from Spanish to English:

Esta tarta está demasiado dulce.
Las frutas agrias saben muy mal.
He echado demasiada sal a la comida, está salada.
Me gusta la comida muy picante.
Prefiero las naranjas cuando saben dulces, que cuando saben ácidas.

Bueno, pues hemos terminado por hoy.

I hope you have found this lesson interesting. Try to practice when you go to a Spanish or Latin American restaurant by saying how much you like one food or another. Also, you can write down sentences with your preferences of foods and smells and the preferences of other people you know. This will help you to memorise the vocabulary.

¡Que paséis una buena semana! ¡Adiós!

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This perfume smells great.
Paella smells great.
The dessert tastes very good.
Here it smells very bad.
Don´t enter, it stinks there.
I have a weakness for chocolate.
This smell doesn´t bother me.
I can´t eat this, it makes me sick.

2. Possible answers:
El pescado me da asco.
El chocolate sabe fenomenal.
Las naranjas ni me gustan ni me disgustan.
Tengo debilidad por el vino tinto.
El whisky está muy malo.
El arroz me agrada.
Me gusta cómo sabe el pan.
Las fresas están muy ricas.

3. Possible answers:
Las rosas huelen muy bien.
El pan huele que alimenta.
Me encanta cómo huele el café.
Las sardinas huelen que apestan.
El huevo cocido huele fatal.
No me gusta cómo huelen los perfumes fuertes.
Me encanta cómo huelen los bebés.
Me gusta el olor de las flores.

No me gustan los postres. Prefiero la comida salada.
Los limones son muy ácidos.
No me gusta la comida sosa.
¿Te gusta el chocolate amargo?
Me encanta la comida picante.

This cake is too sweet.
Sour fruits taste very bad.
I have put too much salt in the food, now it is salty.
I like very spicy food.
I prefer oranges when they taste sweet, rather than when they taste sharp.

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Laura & Adam have been blogging and creating online Spanish courses for Transparent Language since 2010. Laura is from Bilbao in northern Spain and Adam is from Devon in the south of England. They lived together in Spain for over 10 years, where their 2 daughters were born, and now they live in Scotland. Both Laura & Adam qualified as foreign language teachers in 2004 and since have been teaching Spanish in Spain, the UK, and online.


  1. Odris:

    Hi there.I’m a new Spanish learner in Bilbao. (Centro d education personas adulto).I have 6 hours per a week.but I think that is not enough,I will be happy if you can suggest new sources. Thanks

    • Laura:

      @Odris Hola Odris,
      Yes, I would agree that 6 hours per week is not all that much. But you will be surrounded by the people and culture and will have lots of opportunities to practice and listen. I recommend you make the most of this and find lots of real situations with the locals to get involved in.
      You should also take a good regular look through all of the great information available here on the blogs!
      keep in touch and best regards,

  2. Sidra:

    Can you give me words to describe food what taste like in spanish