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Lección Treinta y tres (33)

  ¿Dónde están los huéspedes ? (1) Where are the boarders?
1 En el comedor no había nadie, aunque ya eran las nueve. In the dining-room, there was nobody, though it was already nine.
2 En Madrid se come muy tarde.
Me senté a la mesa y desplegué mi servilleta (2).
In M. they eat very late.
I sat down to table and unfolded my napkin.
3 Esperé unos minutos, y luego, para matar el tiempo (3),
busqué (4) en mi diccionario de bolsillo los nombres de las cosas
que no conocía :
I waited for a few minutes, and then, to kill time,
looked up in my pocket-dictionary the names of the things
that I did not know :

el plato, el vaso, el cuchillo, el tenedor, la cuchara.

the plate, glass, knife, fork, spoon.
5 Per fin llegó (5) la criada, con aceitunas,
salchichón, pan, y una botella de vino.
At last the maid arrived, with olives,
polony, bread and a bottle of wine.
6 Empecé (6) a comer con apetito de lobo;
sopa, y luego pescado frito, tortilla, bistec con patatas y frutas.
I began to eat, with a wolfish appetite;
soup, and then fried fish, omelet, beefsteak with potatoes, and fruit.
7 ¿Le ha gustado la comida?
¿Quiere algo más? me preguntó (7) la dueña.
Has the meal pleased you?
Do you want something more? the landlady asked me.
8 Le contesté (8) que había comido bien, y era la verdad. I answered her that I had well eaten and it was the truth.
9 Lo que me inquieta (9) es que, por lo visto, soy el único huésped; What worries me is that apparently [by the seen] I am the only boarder;
10 prefiero comer en compañía, y hablando español (10).

I prefer to eat in company, and speaking Spanish.

1 Siéntese aquí, le servirán en seguida. Sit down here, we [(they)] will serve you presently.
2 ¿Cómo se llama ésto en español? How is this called in Spanish?
3 Un tenedor. - ¿Y éso? - Un vaso (pron. basso). A fork - And that? - A glass.
4 Muchas gracias; se me había olvidado. Thank you very much; I had forgotten it [it had forgotten itself (from) me].
5 ¿Quiere más pan? Do you want more bread?
6 Haga el favor, y déme también otro plato. (Yes) please, and give me another plate, too.
7 Dispénseme; ¿donde tengo yo la cabeza? Excuse me, what am I thinking of [where have I my head]?
    La cabeza (cabbeth-a) : the head.

1 Están and not son (implying place).
- Donde takes an accent when the first word in a question.
- El huésped (wesspaid - very weak d), the boarder, guest.
Una casa de huéspedes is the same thing as una pensión,
but is said mostly of very cheap boarding-houses.

Sentarse : to sit down;
me siento (the stress changing e to ie) : I sit down;
me sentaré, I shall sit down.
- Desplegar, to unfold. The u in desplegué only preserves the hard sound of g.


Esperar, to hope or to wait.
- Matar : to kill; you know the derived matador, killer, the man who puts the bull to death.


Buscar : to seek; c changes to qu in busqué, sought, to preserve the k sound.

5 Llegar, to arrive; llego, I arrive; llega, he arrives;
llegué, I arrived; llegó : he (or she) arrived.

Empezar, to begin.


Preguntar, to ask ; pregunto, I ask; pregunté, I asked; preguntaré, I shall ask;
, he asks; preguntó, he asked; prcguntará, he will ask.


Contestar, to answer; contesto, contesté, contestaré :
I answer, answered, shall answer;
contesta, contestó, contestará, he answers, answered, will answer.
- Le contesté, and not la; le means to him or her.


Inquieta : worries (present).
- Preterite : lo que me inquietó, what worried me.


Hablo, hablé. hablaré : I speak, spoke, shall speak;
habla, habló, hablará : he (or she) speaks, spoke, will speak.

  If we go on " grinding " these verbs, it's in order to make you familiar with them by degrees;
of course you can't absorb them at one draught; try light doses.