Cavesa wrote:Yes! This is what I was trying to describe but in a much worse way. We often even find a list of such vocabulary but usually just with bare nouns and the choice is not always representative to what do people really need. And this is getting even worse with the spreading popularity of frequency lists and their idealisation. I am sure a rolling pin or the combination to roll dough is not in the first few thousand words used in newspapers and books but it is a word every native knows and will use correctly.
I personally would like to know all the kitchen vocabulary because I work in a Mexican restaurant and directing employees who don't speak English, or even customers is something I cannot do. I need to know words for specific things that could perhaps be very common, like "rice spoon" or "medium sauce" or "burner". I don't think every employee would go as far as I want to go, but maybe if the resource existed for monolingual English-speaking managers, or even the rare advanced Spanish-learning manager, they'd use it to help everyone who came into their restaurant. (I am a cashier, though - there's a dearth of resources it seems for them, too.)