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Vocabulary - Out in the Desert!

This Spanish Difficult Review quiz you will be taking you out in the desert to see what can be found there. Have you ever been to the desert? You probably have at least seen pictures of the desert.

Many people think that a desert is nothing but sand or at least nothing but sand and cactus with the occasional scorpion, but that would not be a totally correct description. The desert is very much alive with activity and life. It can, however, play tricks on your mind. So, what are some things that would be associated with being out in the desert? Let’s take a look!

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DESERT FINDS

ENGLISH SPANISH
black widow viuda negra [f]
cactus cactus [m]
caravan caravana [f]
dehydration deshidratación [f]
desert desierto [m]
dune duna [f]
kangaroo canguro [m]
meerkat suricato/suricata [m/f]
mirage espejismo [m]
oasis oasis [m]
reptile reptil [m]
scorpion escorpión [m]
sheikh jeque [m] (note that the J sounds like an H)
tarantula tarántula [f]
thirst sed [f]
toad sapo [m]
turban turbante [m]

Now for the quiz. There are ten sentences. Some sentences contain an all capitalized word while other sentences ask you a question. Your challenge is to locate the missing Spanish desert word that will match up with or be the same word as the capitalized word or that will answer the question. Ready…begin!

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  1. Most people are very frightened by TARANTULAS.
    You need to know how the word tarantulas is spelled in Spanish. The correct Spanish spelling is tarántulas. Note that there is an accent mark in the word and it appears over the second 'a'.
  2. Jeremy likes to ride is motorbike across the sand DUNES.
    You need to know how the word dunes is spelled in Spanish. The correct Spanish spelling is dunas.
  3. After being lost in the desert for two days, Nelson began to see MIRAGES everywhere.
    The Spanish word for mirages is espejismos.
  4. As Nelson has been lost in the desert for two days, he is probably also suffering from what?
    As Nelson has been lost in the desert for two days, there is a good chance that he is also suffering from dehydration. The Spanish word for dehydration is deshidratación.
  5. What are the Mojave, Sahara and Gobi?
    The Mojave, Sahara and Gobi are each well-known deserts. The Spanish word for deserts is desiertos.
  6. These are not cats.
    Meerkats are not cats but are part of the mongoose family. The Spanish word for meerkats is suricatos. (Note that if they were all females it would be suricatas.)
  7. I would not like to run into a SCORPION.
    You need to know how the word scorpion is spelled in Spanish. The correct Spanish spelling is escorpión. Note that there is an accent mark in the word and it appears over the second 'o'.
  8. What is the name given to the leader of a desert tribe?
    The name given to the leader of a desert tribe is sheikh. In Spanish that is jeque.
  9. Many Arabs wear this on their head.
    Many Arabs wear a turban on their head. The Spanish word for turban is turbante.
  10. This poisonous spider has a red hourglass on its back.
    The poisonous spider that has a red hourglass on its back is a black widow. The Spanish words for black widow are viuda negra.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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