How do you say guinea pig?
A guinea pig is a "cuy" in Spanish, but don't take the poor thing to Ecuador or Perú.
It's also more properly known as a "conejillo de Indias"
In Cuba, at least in old documents written by medical researchers who used guinea pigs in the way they are used best -- apologies to pet lovers and gourmands -- a guinea pig is called a "curiel." Is there anyone out there from Cuba who can confirm or deny?
It's true, "los cuyes" (plural of "cuy") are not only pets in Perú, especially in some towns of the Andes, not in Lima, the capital. People raise them at home as chickens to some day be part of the "menu". It happen the same In Ecuador where "el cuy" is a very popular dish. Here in New York, one of those special dishes can cost you up to 50 or 60 dollars in a fancy Ecuadorian restaurant.
I have some confusion with cobaya and cobayo. In lesson 2.9, they have el cobaya, instead of el cobayo, which I thought would be the correct version. Any thoughts on this?
Curí in Colombia.
I got some odd looks from my mate's parents when I told them I was making curry...
You can bet on them here, which is fun...