Spaniards (西班牙人) have their own dining timeline which is very different from most countries. Breakfast in the Spanish culture is easily the least important meal of the day, occurring first thing in the morning until about 10:00 am. Many Spaniards skip breakfast but if they do have breakfast, it will likely be something light and simple which may consist of coffee, hot chocolate or fresh squeezed orange juice accompanied by a piece of toast with jam. After such a light breakfast, from around 10:30 am to noon, bars are full of workers for their morning coffee breaks enjoying a drink and a small snack to help them survive until lunch time.
Lunch, the most important meal of the day, generally consists of several courses starting with a light first course such as soup or salad, a heavier second course of meat or fish, fruit or dessert, followed by bread and also wine and water.
Lunch and the famous nap (打盹) time occur from 2 pm until 4 pm. Most shops and companies close during this time to allow their workers to make their way home to eat. Although this pause still exists, the famous nap time is rarely used for sleeping but rather transportation as people gradually live farther and farther away from their workplaces.
Due to this midday lunch break, many workers do not leave their work until around 8 pm. Typically, this is when they will have a small snack to get them through until dinner time. Dinner, similar to lunch but usually lighter, is a late affair in Spain which is normally served from 9 pm to 10:30 pm. In the summer time it is common to see Spaniards sitting down to eat as late as 12 pm!
8. Which is usually served after soup at lunch?
A. A glass of juice. B. A cup of wine. C. A piece of steak. D. A plate of salad.
9. When do most shops and companies keep open after lunch in Spain?
A. From 2 pm to 4 pm. B. From 4 pm to 8 pm.
C. From 2 pm to 9 pm. D. From 9pm to 12pm.
10. What can we learn from the text?
A. Spaniards are too busy to have breakfast.
B. Spaniards usually have a nap for 2 hours.
C. Spaniards usually finish their work at 9 pm.
D. Spaniards think their lunch the most important.
11. What could be the best title for the text?
A. A Busy Workday of the Spanish B. Foods Served at Meals in Spain
C. Unique Dining Customs in Spain D. Comfortable Life of the Spanish