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Vocabulary - A Night on Broadway!

This Spanish Difficult Review quiz will be a fun one as we journey out for a night on Broadway! When you think of Broadway you generally think of New York City, plays, musicals, lights, crowds, fun and magic. Indeed, attending a play on Broadway is like being transported to a different time, a different place and where all things are possible! Of course, you don’t have to actually go to Broadway in New York City to experience this. It can be experienced in cities and towns all around the world such as London and Paris. Even your own hometown can provide this exciting adventure. In fact, many schools do. If you haven’t experienced the magic yet – you really need to because it is more than just wonderful.

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What makes the Broadway experience even more exciting now is that you will soon be able to relate things with it in two different languages. To do that, you need to learn another set of vocabulary words. So, before going out on a night to Broadway, let’s see what words we can find.

BROADWAY

ENGLISH SPANISH
act acto [m]
applause aplauso [m]
choreography coreografía [f]
curtain cortina [f]
emcee presentador / presentadora [m/f]
encore ¡otra! [f]
entertainment entretenimiento [m]
intermission intermedio [m]
intermission entreacto [m]
mark marca [f]
mezzanine entresuelo [m]
musical musical [m/f] (spelled the same for both masculine and feminine, only the definite article will reflect the gender)
ovation ovación [f]
performance actuación [f]
rehearsal ensayo [m]
review revisión [f]
scene escena [f]
seat asiento [m]
set plató [m]
spotlight reflector [m]
stage escenario [m]
understudy suplente [m/f] (spelled the same for both masculine and feminine, only the definite article will reflect the gender)

Well that seems like a good list to get you started on your night on Broadway! Did you notice the two words that are both used for intermission? Be on the lookout for how the native speakers say it if you are visiting their country.

Another thing to note here is the Spanish word for 'encore'. Notice that it contains a beginning and ending exclamation mark, i.e, ¡otra! As this is something that is usually shouted out by the audience or is used to show great appreciation, the exclamation marks should always be used. Without the exclamation marks you would be saying 'other' or 'another'.

Now it is time for your performance. That is, your performance with the quiz below. As you will see, the quiz contains ten questions and you need to answer the question in Spanish. So, let’s see if you can get an award for a great Broadway score!

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  1. If the lead actor or actress cannot perform for the evening, this person takes their place.
    If the lead actor or actress cannot perform for the evening, their understudy takes their place. The Spanish word for understudy is suplente.
  2. If a performance is particularly great, the audience will give the actor/actress one of these.
    If a performance is particularly great, the audience will give the actor/actress an ovation. The Spanish word for ovation is ovación.
  3. Plays are broken down into these.
    Plays are broken down into separate acts. The Spanish word for acts is actos.
  4. Dancing on stage is known as this.
    Dancing on stage is known as choreography. The Spanish word for choreography is coreografía.
  5. This person generally welcomes the audience and makes announcements.
    The person that generally welcomes the audience and makes announcements is the emcee. The masculine Spanish word for emcee is presentador.
  6. Actors and actresses main task is to give the audience this.
    Actors and actresses main task is to give the audience a good performance. The Spanish word for performance is actuación.
  7. Before the play begins and after it is over, this hides the stage.
    Before the play begins and after it is over, the curtain hides the stage. The Spanish word for curtain is cortina.
  8. In order to give a good performance, all of the actors and actresses need to attend several of these.
    In order to give a good performance, all of the actors and actresses need to attend several rehearsals. The Spanish word for rehearsals is ensayos.
  9. For a play to be successful, they depend on critics giving them good ones of these.
    For a play to be successful, they depend on critics giving them good reviews. The Spanish word for reviews is revisiones.
  10. Halfway through a play the audience is given one of these.
    Halfway through a play the audience is given an intermission. The Spanish word for intermission is intermedio. Remember that you could also see and/or hear the word of 'intermission' as 'entreacto'.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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