This week’s Spanish word of the week is apetecer.
Apetecer is a verb that means to feel like.
You can listen to the pronunciation of apetecer in the audio clip below:
If you like something you probably know that the basic way to say so is with gustar:
Me gusta jugar al baloncesto. I like playing basketball.
Me gustan las novelas históricas. I like historical novels.
Apetecer is a word you are likely to come across in Spain, but not in Latin America, and it works in the same way as gustar. If the thing you feel like is singular, or is a verb, you use apetecer in the singular:
Me apetece una naranja. I feel like an orange.
If the thing you feel like is plural, you use apetecer in the plural:
Me apetecían cosas nuevas. I felt like something different.
A polite way for a waiter to ask what you want to eat is:
¿Qué le apetece comer, señor? What would you like to eat, sir? (word for word, ‘what takes your fancy to eat?’)
To say ‘no’ very politely, you can also use apetecer:
¿Quieres salir a cenar hoy? – No, gracias, ahora no me apetece. Would you like to go out to dinner tonight? No thanks, I don’t feel like it just now.
We hope to see you again the week for another word!