In a conversation with native Spanish speakers chances are you are going to hear cultural expressions, idioms or sayings. Phrases that you have to figure out not by its literal meaning but its relation to the conversation or context.

It is quite important to learn and to be aware of these expressions, they make language more interesting and will help you to immerse yourself in the culture.

Here, you will find 5 expressions that have food related terms in them. Remember, the translation will not make sense at all in most cases, the key to learn them is not to look at them or read them in a literal sense. Enjoy!

1. Pedirle peras al olmo

Food Spanish Idioms: no hay que pedirle peras al olmo

Translation: To expect an elm to bear pears.

English equivalent: You can’t get blood out of a stone/turnip.

Meaning: To ask the impossible

“No esperes que él corra 5Km, no hay que pedirle peras al olmo.”
Don’t expect him to run 5Km, you can’t get blood out of a stone.

2. Ser pan comido

Food Spanish Idioms: Pan comido

Translation: Eaten bread

English equivalent: A piece of cake / easy peasy

Meaning: Something easy to do

“¡Ganar este partido va a ser pan comido!”
Winning this game is going to be a piece of cake!

3. Ponerse rojo como un tomate

Food Spanish idioms: ponerse rojo como un tomate

Translation: To turn red as a tomato

English equivalent: go beet red / go as red as a beet / turn beetroot

Meaning: To become very red in the face, usually because you are embarrassed


“De repente se puso roja como un tomate”
She suddenly turned as red as a beetroot

4. llorar sobre la leche derramada

Food Spanish idioms: Llorar sobre la leche derramada

Translation: cry over spilled milk

English equivalent: cry over spilled milk

Meaning: get upset over something that has happened and cannot be changed

Sé que perdimos el autobús, pero no hay que llorar sobre la leche derramada, todavía tenemos tiempo.
I know we missed the bus, but there’s no need to cry over spilled milk, we still have time.

5. Donde comen dos comen tres

Food Spanish idioms: Donde comen dos comen tres

Translation: Where two eat, three eat.

English equivalent: There’s always room for one more”.

Meaning: Affirmation that an unexpected guest is well received

¿Otro bebé? !Bueno, donde comen dos comen tres!
Another baby? Oh well, there’s always room for one more!

Can you use these expressions in a sentence? Write it in the comments section below!

Looking for something to do in Bogota this coming weekend? What about practice a little, or a lot Spanish?

Remember, learning Spanish doesn’t stop when you step outside the classroom.

Here are our 3 top tips to help you get started practicing Spanish in your free time.

1. Keep calm and READ a book

If you want to Learn Spanish in Colombia quickly, make a habit of reading regularly!

Read as many Spanish books, newspapers, and magazines as you can get your hands on, the more you read, the more input your brain gets about how the language works.

2. When the words fail, MUSIC speaks

Demonstrated by science, music helps second language learners acquire grammar, vocabulary and improve spelling.

Choose a catchy song from, let’s say… “Mark Antony’s Vivir mi vida Karaoke” practice listening for detail, write down some vocabulary and maybe dance.

3. Binge-watch, yes please!


Yes, we all have heard the news, binge-watching is bad, but burying yourself in blankets and watch a Spanish TV show or why not, a soap opera, just to improve your Spanish, doesn’t sound too bad, right?

Here is a list of one of my favorite soap operas “Betty la Fea”, enjoy!

We hope you’ve enjoyed these tips, we are pretty sure there are plenty more, please let us know yours in the comments!