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Vocabulary - Do As the Spanish Do!

This Spanish Difficult Review quiz will give you a chance to learn some things that are associated with the Spanish lifestyle! Since you are learning how to speak Spanish it seems only appropriate that you learn a little more about the Spanish culture. That includes some of the foods they eat and some of their traditions.

As you will see from the vocabulary list below, some of the foods and traditions have become so well known in English that they have become part of the English language. For example, a burrito in Spanish is a burrito in English. This goes to show you how different cultures can blend in together to a point that you don’t even know where one culture ends and another culture begins. So, let’s take a look at some of this blending and some of what the Spanish do!

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THAT’S SPANISH!

ENGLISH SPANISH
bean frijol [m]
blanket sarape [m]
bullfight corrida de toros [f]
bullfighter matador / matadora [m/f]
buritto burrito [m]
cape capa [f]
enchilada enchilada [f]
flamenco flamenco / flamenca [m/f]
guacamole guacamole [m]
jalapeno jalapeño [m]
mule mula [f]
nap siesta [f]
party fiesta [f]
poncho poncho [m]
sauce salsa [f]
taco taco [m]
tortilla tortilla [f]

Now, for the quiz. Your task will be to simple locate the correct Spanish answer to the given question or statement.

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  1. When you sleep for a short time in the afternoon, this is known as a ____.
    When you sleep for a short time in the afternoon, this is known as a nap or, in Spanish, a siesta.
  2. A bull gets angry when it sees a red ____.
    A bull gets angry when it sees a red cape. The Spanish word for cape is capa.
  3. This is a popular Spanish folk dance.
    A popular Spanish fold dance is the flamenco. It is spelled exactly the same in both Spanish and English.
  4. This is a medium-sized chili pepper.
    A medium-sized chili pepper is known in Spanish as a jalapeño.
  5. This person becomes that master of a bull.
    You will need to know how to spell this word correctly to get it right. A person who becomes the master of a bull is a bullfighter or, in Spanish, a matador. Note that there are no accent marks.
  6. This is a green dip that is associated in the United States with Mexican dishes.
    A green dip that is associated in the United States with Mexican dishes is known as guacamole. It is spelled and pronounced the same in both English and Spanish.
  7. This is a type of unleavened bread that is used to make both tacos and burritos.
    A type of unleavened bread that is used to make both tacos and burritos is known as a tortilla. It is spelled the same in both English and Spanish.
  8. This is a long blanket draped over the head and used as a coat.
    A long blanket that is then draped over the head and used as a type of coat is known as a sarape.
  9. This is a Spanish party.
    A Spanish party is known as a fiesta.
  10. This is a type of Spanish sauce.
    A popular and frequently used Spanish sauce is known as salsa.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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