Juan:'You like to play cards?'
Peter:'Yes, now and again. Why do you want to know?'
Juan:'I'm unsure what the different names of cards are in English. When we go to the casino next week, I don't want to look stupid.'
Peter:'Well, first of all a packet of 52 cards is called a deck of cards. In a deck of cards each card has one of 4 different symbols on them, two of the symbols are red and two of them are black.'
Juan:'Is one of the black symbols that looks like one leaf of a plant called a spade?'
Peter:'That's right, spades do look like a leaf of a plant. The other black symbol, which looks like a clover or a small plant with three leaves, is called a club.'
Juan:'I know that one of the red symbols which looks like a heart or a symbol of love is called a heart, but what is the other red symbol called?'
Peter:'The red symbol on cards which has a shape with four straight lines like a square put pointing up and down is called a diamond.'
Juan:'There's a name in Spanish for all the cards in a deck or pack which have the same symbol (like all the hearts) on them.'
Peter:'You mean the 13 cards in a deck which have all have the same symbol on them, like diamonds or clubs?'
Peter:'Each is called a suit. There are four suits in a deck of cards, the suit of diamonds, the suit of hearts, the suit of clubs and the suit of spades.'
Juan:'I know what the names of the cards with numbers on them are called (like the 'ten of clubs' or the 'five of spades'), but there are some playing cards with pictures of people on them which I don't know the names of. What is the name of the card with the old man with a beard on it?'
Peter:'A card with an old man with a beard is called a King. A card with a picture of a woman, is called a Queen. And a card with a picture of a young man without a beard is called a Jack. For example, the King of hearts or the Jack of clubs.'
Juan:'And what is the name of the cards that have only one diamond, spade, heart or club in the middle of the playing card, that have the letter 'A' in two of the corners of the card?'
Peter:'A card with the letter 'A' in the corner is called an Ace. For example, the Ace of hearts. There are also another 2 additional cards in a pack of cards which are not in any suit (e.g. suit of diamonds) and have a picture of a funny and strange man on them. Each of these two cards is called a Joker.'
Juan:'Like in Batman?'