"He will make a soup."

Translation:Él hará una sopa.

March 19, 2013



"Make" can´t meant "preparar" in this case?

March 19, 2013


yes, and also cocinar :)

March 20, 2013


Yes and also cocer.

April 28, 2013


cocer is exclusively to boil

April 28, 2013


Okay, so today I asked a few Spanish native speakers from Spain about the word "cocer". They told me that they do use it for preparing food, but for things like soup and water only. "cocinar" was a more general term. I asked them if "cocer" was more like "hervir", and they confirmed.

So, integrity forces me to acknowledge, there is truth to what you´re saying Ramosraul. My conclusion would be that cocer has to do with boiling related to food preparation, and preparation of liquids like soup, while "hervir" means to boil in general (also in chemistry/physics, etc). Cocinar is more of an umbrella term for all food preparation.

April 29, 2013


That's nice of you. Sure there is no need to listen to a random guy in the internet.. I don't do it even on the street.

If I may, I'll just round off your statements. I encourage you to comment this with your Spanish sources...

Regarding hervir, I would steer your right away from physics and chemistry. One of the first things they tell you in chemistry is that things do not "hierven". The proper term is "ebullición". Though, as verb it lacks some friendliness. you "bring things to boil", "llevar a [l punto de] ebullición". Bullir is recognized and you are familiar with boil, so that's easy. I have never heard bullir conjugated though, I mention it for completeness.

Cocinar would imply thermal treatment. Otherwise "preparar" is normally used. You do not "cook" salad, for example. There preparar would be used.

It is common to say "Voy a preparar algo de comer" "fix something to eat", which may or may not imply cooking.

Hope it helps to get you a picture.

May 2, 2013


I did some more research. In regions with seseo (ie: no difference in pronunciation between the c and s), like entire Latin America, this word isn't used as much, to avoid confusion with the word "coser" (to sew). However, it is a proper Spanish word, and it's a synonym of "cocinar".

April 28, 2013



The only meaning close to cook is the first one. i.e. to boil something. It is used to only to boil eggs, potatoes and the lot. If you wish it is a process of cooking, but definitely not a synonym.

Hervir is commonly reserved to boil water, alone, although it is very commonly used for boiled and sometimes steamed vegetables.

You may hear cocido, which is a dish, a stew.

Regarding Latin America, I cannot asses on its use, although your source seems to make sense. On the other hand with context you will be understood.

April 28, 2013


The first meaning says: "Hacer comestible un alimento crudo sometiéndolo a ebullición o a la acción del vapor." Which I guess roughly translates to: "making a piece of raw food edible by subjecting it to boiling or the effect of the vapors". To me, that sounds like the definition of cooking.

Another interesting fact: if you look up "cocinar", it says it's a synonym of "cocer" (at least in certain areas in South America).

April 28, 2013


Mate, I am a native speaker and this is not a contest. You want to use cocer as synonym of cocinar be my guest.

April 28, 2013


I think ""Hacer comestible un alimento crudo sometiéndolo a ebullición o a la acción del vapor." is "boiling or steaming." It' isn't broiling, or BBQing, or frying, or roasting, or baking, or any of the many other things that make up "cooking." It's like the old "All thumbs are fingers, but not all fingers are thumbs." thing. This is A way to cook, but not ALL cooking, yeah? If you wouldn't substitute "thumbs" for "fingers" and call that a synonym, then, I wouldn't think you would substitute "cocer" for "cocinar" either.

January 3, 2016


Woo -that was more than I needed to know (or can remember) but very interesting. Thanks for the research!

May 17, 2013


Way too strict on which words are acceptable, particularly if you are trying to test out.

January 8, 2014


Can you say "hacerá"? Duo did not accept that word.

May 26, 2016


No, hacer is irregular in the future tense

August 4, 2016


Creo que la conjugación correcta sea "hará".

August 16, 2016


Is it possible to use "caldo" instead of "sopa"? As in "caldo de pollo"?

June 22, 2016


Only if you want caldo to mean consomé.

July 7, 2016


Lo pillé. Yo pensaba que era posible utilizar caldo como un sinónimo de sopa. Gracias por su explicación. :)

August 16, 2016


por que no se acceptan un caldo?

September 15, 2017
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