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Shape-shifters!

This Spanish Difficult Review picture quiz will give you the chance to see if you can shift your brain from one shape to another in Spanish. When it comes to mathematical shapes, the one good thing about learning them in Spanish is that many of the Spanish words are very similar to their English counterparts. However, what does become important is that you focus on the Spanish spellings of the shapes as it is there that you can get tripped up. Therefore, for this quick picture quiz you are going to be tested on is how quickly you can locate the correct Spanish spelling of the English capitalized shapes. It is the spelling of the word that is the shifter. Now, let’s get started!

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  1. Can you determine what kind of an ANGLE this is?
    As you can see, the Spanish word is very similar to the English word, however, in Spanish, angle is spelled ángulo. Notice that there is an accent mark about the 'a'.
  2. Here you have a delicious ice-cream CONE.
    Here you can see that the English and Spanish shape words are very similar but are not exact. The Spanish word for cone is cono. There is no accent mark.
  3. These pieces of caramels are in the shape of CUBES.
    Although the English and Spanish words are very similar, they are not exact making the second answer incorrect. The Spanish word for cubes is cubos. There is no accent mark.
  4. The area in green is in the shape of a RECTANGLE.
    As you can see, the Spanish word is very similar to the English word, however, in Spanish, rectangle is spelled rectángulo. Notice that there is an accent mark about the 'a'.
  5. These colored pencils are in the shape of a PYRAMID.
    Here you can see that the English and Spanish shape words are very similar though not exact. The Spanish word for pyramid is pirámide. Note that the 'y' became a 'i' and that there is an accent mark above the 'a'. Finally, the Spanish word ends with the vowel of 'e'.
  6. These fingertips are grabbing the EDGE of the table.
    This one is a little tricky unless you are familiar with the Spanish word for edge. It is not similar to the English word so the second and last answers can be eliminated. The Spanish word for edge is borde. There is no accent mark.
  7. A six sided figure is in the shape of a HEXAGON.
    Once again as you can see here, the English and Spanish shape words are very similar. However, in Spanish the word for hexagon is hexágono. Note that there is an accent mark above the 'a'.
  8. The shapes you see in this picture are all OBLONGS.
    Here you can see that the English and Spanish shape words are very similar. However, in Spanish the word for oblongs is oblongos. There is no accent mark.
  9. Railroad tracks run PARALLEL to each other.
    This one is a little tricky because the shape of parallel can be used in either the feminine or masculine form. Here it is being used to describe the tracks which is pistas in Spanish and it is a feminine word. The Spanish word for parallel is paralela (or paralelo for masculine) and there is no accent mark. As 'tracks' is in a plural form, so too much 'parallel' be, i.e., paralelas.
  10. These flags are in the shape of a TRIANGLE.
    As you can see, the Spanish word is very similar to the English word, however, in Spanish, triangle is spelled triángulo. Notice that there is an accent mark about the 'a'.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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