This Spanish expression might save you from el dolor de estomago que yo tenia (the stomach ache that I had.)
I’m an agreeable chap who doesn’t like to reject hospitality.
Even though I detested the food, I kept on eating it.
I hated every morsel!
My face must have contorted with each mouthful. The food was repugnant.
I didn’t know how to say the food didn’t agree with me. So, as bad as it was, rather than be rude and just leave it, I paid a terrible price.
I’ll spare you the gory details, other than some Spanish you might recognize.
Provocó nausea y vomité mucho.
If only I had said, “This food doesn’t agree with me.”
I don’t want you go through this kind of suffering. Here’s what to say in Spanish to save un dolor abdominal (a bellyache).
La comida me cae mal.
It’s even better if you can name the plate or something in it. That’ll shift the blame to an ingredient and avoid upsetting the cook.
La comida picante me cae mal.
(The) spicy food doesn’t agree with me.
El pescado me cae mal.
(The) fish doesn’t agree with me.
La leche me cae mal.
(The) milk doesn’t agree with me
La carne de cerdo me cae mal.
Pork doesn’t agree with me.
Chapulines y escamoles… (crickets and ants eggs… that’s another story. They taste good.)
Did you notice something about this common everyday expression?
La comida me cae mal
Word for word, it means –”the food on me falls badly.”
Like caer mal, there are lots of Spanish expressions that native speakers use everyday that can’t be translated word for word.
That also makes them deceptive when you hear them.
They can trick you. And that makes it almost impossible for a beginner to keep up with a Spanish conversation.
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