Water in Spanish

After this free audio lesson on water in Spanish you’ll know the right words and phrases to complain that your shower is cold, order a sparkling mineral water and a few other things in between!

Listen to the audio and join our Spanish speakers on their journey around Latin America – you’ll practice speaking Spanish and pick up lots of tips along the way!

Talking About Water in Spanish

Are you ready to see what Carlos and Carmona are up to? They are ready to venture out into the streets… not before finding out that their hotel room doesn’t have all the amenities they expected.

Carlos joins Carmona in the bathroom and examines the water taps. They are marked with an ‘F’ and a ‘C.’ Carmona turns on the water tap marked ‘F’ and shows Carlos that there’s no hot water.

Carlos searches for a hot water switch above the shower (la ducha), then turns both taps on and lets them run. He nods knowingly at Carmona as the water from the ‘C’ tap starts to steam.

It is very important to know the difference between agua caliente (hot water) and agua fría (cold water) when you’re taking a bath! Hot water is a commodity in many Latin American countries. Always ask if your room has hot water, if you don’t see it advertised (¿Tiene agua caliente?). Sometimes the only hot water in the room will be in the shower, where an electric showerhead attachment will heat the water as it flows from the tap. Other times, there will be a gas hot water heater for every room or group of rooms (called a calefón in South America).

A few hours later, Carlos and Carmona are refreshed and ready to explore the city. Carlos packs a small backpack with his camera, maps, and guidebook. He is filling his water bottle with water from the tap when Carmona stops him.

Carlos nods and pours out the water.

Water in most Latin American countries isn’t safe to drink from the tap. If you are traveling, you should only drink bottled water (agua embotellada) or boiled water (agua hervida). That is why hot beverages like tea are safer than juice, since freshly made juices may be made with unsafe water.

Carlos puts his empty water bottle aside and straps on his backpack. He remembers to put his arms through the straps so that the backpack rests on his chest instead of on his back, just as their tour guide told them to do. Quito is a beautiful modern city, but like many places around the world there are always pickpockets.

Carlos and Carmona take to the streets. The Avenida Amazonas, where their hotel is located, is a beautiful street full of many shops for tourists, offering eco-tours of the Amazonía, biking around Baños, bathing in the hot springs of Papallacta, even mountaineering to the top of the great Chimborazo, the closest point on Earth to the sun.

They stop at a stand along the street to buy a bottle of water.

Carbonated mineral water, or water with gas (con gas), is a popular beverage in many Latin American countries. In Ecuador, the most popular brand is Guitig. The plant where the water is bottled from natural mountain springs is a tourist attraction.

Bottled water in hand, Carlos and Carmona survey the options available to them.

Hand in hand, Carlos and Carmona head off to the Casa de la Cultura museum for an afternoon of culture.

As Carlos and Carmona explore the pre-Colombian, Incan, and Spanish colonial artifacts in the museum, take some time to think about the following vocabulary that you’ve learned in this newsletter.

Here are a few recommended Spanish lessons to try next!

Until later! ¡Hasta luego!

Mauricio Evlampieff
Rocket Spanish


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