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Vocabulary - Countries of the World

This Spanish Difficult Review quiz will take a look at the names of various countries as they are spoken in Spanish. You had a very similar quiz as this one back in the Spanish Medium Review quiz series. In that quiz, you learned that there are approximately 196 countries, although borders are constantly changing. You also learned the Spanish name for 50 of those 196 countries. In this quiz you will learn another 37 countries.

Many countries are spelled the same in both English and Spanish so why learn the countries? Because even though many are spelled the same, they are not always pronounced the same. You will need to depend upon what you have learned about Spanish pronunciation to say the country names correctly.

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Although the task of locating these countries in the written form is relatively easy, when you get to the point of speaking the language, pronunciation will be everything. Otherwise, you will get some very strange stares. Therefore, please practice saying each country with their proper Spanish pronunciations and listen to and look at how they are spelled as some may have accent marks. Now let’s look at some additional countries of the world.

COUNTRIES

ENGLISH SPANISH
Azerbaijan Azerbaiyán
Bahrain Bahrein
Bangladesh Bangladesh
Belarus Bielorrusia
Belize Belice
Benin Benín
Cameroon Camerún
Cape Verde Cabo Verde
Cayman Islands Islas Caimán
Cook Island Islas Cook
Cyprus Chipre
Dominican Republic República Dominicana
Ecuador Ecuador
Falkland Islands Islas Malvinas
Fiji Fiyi
French Guiana Guayana Francesa
Gabon Gabón
Georgia Georgia
Great Britain Gran Bretaña
Greece Grecia
Greenland Groenlandia
Guadeloupe Guadalupe
Honduras Hondoras
Iceland Islandia
Israel Israel
Kenya Kenia
Latvia Letonia
Lebanon Líbano
Lithuania Lituania
Luxembourg Luxemburgo
Malaysia Malasia
Monaco Mónaco
Panama Panamá
Singapore Singapur
Syria Siria
Uganda Uganda

You might want to have a geography book with you to take this test as the test questions will be about a specific country. For the answers provided, you will need to determine which country the information is telling you about. Again, the main focus of this quiz is to learn how to say the country’s name in Spanish. You do not have to focus on the information related to each country – but that wouldn’t be a bad thing either. So if you are ready, begin the quiz section.

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  1. This country is comprised of approximately 330 islands but only 1/3 of them are inhabited. It covers about 1.3 million square kilometers of the South Pacific Ocean.
    The country that is comprised of approximately 330 islands is that of Fiji or, in Spanish, Fiyi.
  2. In 1571 this country island was conquered by the Ottoman Turks. In 1878 it was ceded to Great Britain. Its British rule lasted until August 1960 when the island became an independent Republic.
    The country island that was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1571 and became an independent Republic in 1960 is Cyprus or, in Spanish, Chipre.
  3. This country lies on the eastern coast of Central America. Mexico borders it on the north and part of the west side of it. Guatemala is on the southern part. It is the most sparsely populated nation in Central America.
    The country that lies on the eastern coast of Central America and is the most sparsely populated nation in Central America is Belize, or in Spanish Belice.
  4. This island country located in Southeast Asia is a modern city-state. It lies just off of the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and it is one of the world's major commercial hubs. It is the fourth largest financial center of the world.
    The island country that is the fourth largest financial center of the world is Singapore, or in Spanish, Singapur.
  5. This country is located in South Asia. It is bordered by India to its west and Burma to its southeast. It is also separated by Nepal and Bhutan by the Chicken’s Neck corridor. It is the world’s eighth most populous country with over 160 million people.
    The country that is located in South Asia and is the world’s eighth most populous country is Bangladesh which spelled the same in both English and in Spanish.
  6. This country is the southernmost country of Central America and the whole of North America. It is bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south.
    The country that is the southernmost country in Central America is that of Panama, or in Spanish Panamá. Note the accent mark.
  7. Prince Albert is the current sitting monarch of this country. His mother was Grace Kelly.
    Prince Albert is the current sitting monarch of Monaco, or in Spanish, Mónaco. Notice the accent mark.
  8. The City of Jerusalem is located here.
    The City of Jerusalem is located in Israel.
  9. Athens is the Capital of this country.
    Athens is the Capital of Greece, or in Spanish Grecia.
  10. This country is a Nordic island country. It lies between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean. It has a population of 325,671 which makes it the most sparsely populated country in Europe.
    The country that is a Nordic island and is the most sparsely populated country in Europe is that of Iceland, or in Spanish Islandia.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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