Buenos Aires

Main reason to experience that "mate" beverage

On November 30th, Argentina celebrates the National Day of the Yerba Mate. 

More than 500 years ago, native guaraníes were already using these leaves to prepare an energetic beverage. Nowadays, both Argentina and Uruguay love "mate", not only in the countryside but in the cities too. 

But what can we expect when we are offered a "mate"?

In general, mate is served hot. The leaves of yerba mate go into a special cup called mate where hot water is poured. When you are offered a "mate", you need to sip the water in the mentioned cup, but through a kind of straw called "bombilla" that is made of... metal! 

And what does "mate" stand for?

The main reason to experience "mate" is that when you are offered a "mate", this means you are offered FRIENDSHIP.

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Useful vocabulary:

Someone offering a "mate" would say

¿Querés probar un mate? /Would you like to try mate?

¿Te gusta dulce o amargo? /With or without sugar?

*The word "mate" has no translation.