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The hidden meanings of que rico, sabroso and delicioso

The hidden meanings of que rico, sabroso and delicioso
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Welcome to another episode of the Real Life Spanish podcast series where you’ll learn the Spanish you need for real life conversations and situations.

You’ve probably heard the words que rico, sabroso and delicioso before when it comes to talking about food, but they can be used for so much more.   In this podcast you’re going to learn about several other colloquial uses of these expressions that might just surprise you.

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Now without further delay, posted below is the entire transcript of today’s podcast episode.

¡Que disfruten!

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Hola, this is Rodney.  In today’s podcast I’m going to talk about the expression que rico and the uses of the words rico, delicioso and sabroso.

Let’s get started.

The word rico means rich, as in someone who has a lot of money, or adinerado.

However, it has several other coloquial uses as well.  Like talking about
how good food is.

Imagine yourself taking a bite of something amazing and now you want to tell
your friends just how good it tastes.  You can say:

¡Que rico!

Let’s take a look at some other ways you can use the word rico to talk about food.

If someone asks you

¿Cómo está la comida?
How’s the food?

You can reply

Está rica
The food is good

And of course you can use it to talk about specific food items.

El pollo está muy rico
The chicken is really good

La sopa está bien rica
The soup is really delicious

Before we go on, you may have noticed sometimes I said rica and sometimes I said rico.

That’s because it has to match the gender of whatever it is you’re talking about.

Now, you can also use sabroso or delicioso instead of rico.

You could also say

Qué sabrosa la comida
The food tastes great


Qué deliciosa la comida
The food is really good

Mira ese platillo, se ve sabroso
That at that dish, it looks delicious

You can use the words rico, delicioso or sabroso in any of the examples I used

Now, some people might want to argue about some of the finer points of
translation because sabroso technically means tasty or flavorful while
delicioso means delicious, but for your average joe they’re virtually
interchangeable and all three words are used to mean the food is really good in
the contexts above.

Let’s move on.

Surprisingly you can use the expression que rico, or just the
word rico, to talk about almost anything.

Like weather for example

Que rico el clima
The weather is really nice

La brisa se siente rica
The breeze feels really nice

Con esta calor, que rico se siente la lluvia
With this heat, the rain feels really good

You can also use que rico to talk about how your vacation is, or was.

Que rico estar de vacaciones
It’s feels good to be on vacation

Fueron unas ricas vacaciones, todo muy padre
It was a great vacation, everything was really cool

You can use it to tell someone to have a good time, or to express  that you’re
having a good time

Que lo pasen rico
You guys have a good time

La estoy pasando super rico
I’m having a really great time

Que rico pasé mis cumpleaños
I had a great time on my birthday

You can use it as a general way to talk how something feels, physically or emotionally.

Se siente rico
It feels good

Que rico me haces amor
The way you make love to me feels good

Que rico se siente ser mama
It feels great to be a mom

Me bané con agua caliente, estaba rico
I showered with hot water, it felt good

Que masaje tan rico
What a great massage

There are virtually no limitations on the ways to use que rico.  And just like in
our examples with food, you can substitute delicioso or sabroso in the examples
I used above.  It may not be grammatically correct to do so, but you can.

We’re almost done, and I’ve saved the best for last, or at least the most shocking.

The expression que rico can also be used to talk about people, along with
delicioso and sabroso.

However, when used with people it’s a way of expressing that you really like someone’s
physical characteristics and can have sexual connotations as well.

Que rico ese hombre
That’s a really attractive man

Que ricas piernas tienes
You’ve got some nice legs

These next examples can be a bit crude.

Esa chica es bien sabrosa
That girl is super hot

Hola cosita rica deliciosa
Hi, you look delicious you sweet thing

Change that sentence to
Hola cosito rico delicioso

And now you’re talking about a man

Obviously you need to be careful with these, but I think you get the point, so
I’ll stop there.

Let’s wrap things up.

Que rico is a very useful expression and you’ll hear it all the time,
especially when it comes to food, but it’s also very common in all the contexts
and examples I mentioned above.

Pues ya, that’s it for today, Chao!

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