1205 Chi Cha

Daniel talks with Olga about Chi Cha, a popular drink in Chile that is like wine.


Olga: So I really want to try chicha.

Daniel: You should.

Olga: Is it like wine? I heard like wine in Chile is really good, so is it any similarity to it?

Daniel: Well, it's a bit lighter than wine. You don't get the color of red wine. It's not as strong as red wine but it also is much nicer because it's sweet and it tastes more like juice but it has alcohol in it.

Olga: Then it should be a really young like wine right?

Daniel: Yes it is.

Olga: Oh, I see. And, you know, how many degrees of alcohol does it have? Is it really like strong?

Daniel: I don't think, we haven't measured it because it's really, we don't produce it in any companies.

Olga: Oh, I see. It's like a nice traditional drink?

Daniel: It's a traditional drink but it's pretty much, it's really similar to wine. It's not that stronger.

Olga: And do, you know, housewives in Chile make it like in their own house?

Daniel: Yes, yes.

Olga: Oh cool.

Daniel: You can actually go to some places. There are some famous places you can go and you can see how they make it.

Olga: Is it really a hard process?

Daniel: I've heard it is so if you don't know how to do it, it will just stay as juice.

Olga: And I guess they don't sell it in Santiago, right?

Daniel: No we don't.

Olga: Only, you know, in the countryside?

Daniel: You have to go to the countryside, yes.

Olga: Oh, I see. Well I would like to taste it so get it for me next time, right?

Daniel: You have to come to Chile and get it for yourself.

Olga: OK, I will.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson



It's a bit lighter than wine.

In this case, 'lighter' refers to the color of the chicha. It means that chicha is like a pink color instead of a dark red like with red wine. Notice the following:

  1. I didn't know the paint was going to be so dark. It looked a lot lighter at the store.
  2. When I am drinking beer with food, I prefer a lighter beer.

young wine


Then it should be a really young wine, right?

A 'young wine' refers to one that has not been aged or allowed to ferment for very long. Notice the following:

  1. Most of the alcohol they drink in this country is a young wine.
  2. At this point in the process, the liquid is a young wine.

degrees of alcohol


How many degrees of alcohol does it have?

Here, 'degrees of alcohol' is a measurement for how strong a type of alcohol is. Notice the following:

  1. Most of these local drinks have stronger degrees of alcohol than I am used to.
  2. This whiskey tastes like fire. How many degrees of alcohol are in it?



Do the housewives in Chile make it in their own house?

A 'housewife' is a woman who stays at home to care for the house and children. She does not have a job outside of the house. Notice the following:

  1. She was a housewife until her children were old enough to go to school.
  2. Do you think you would like to be a housewife?



You have to go to the countryside to buy chicha.

The 'countryside' is the natural area outside of the city. Notice the following:

  1. We like to go to the countryside with our friends on the weekend.
  2. I didn't know that you had a house in the countryside.

for yourself


You have to come to Chile and get it for yourself.

When you 'get something for yourself' it means that nobody brings it to you. Notice the following:

  1. This is a scene that no pictures can fully explain. You have to see it for yourself.
  2. She likes to do things for herself, because that's the only way she learns.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
lighter • housewife • degrees
for yourself • countryside
  1. Being a is a full-tiime job.
  2. I am much skinned than my parents.
  3. You shoud try it .
  4. How many of alcohol does it have?
  5. I plan to retire in the .