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Comprehension - I Can Read Spanish! (Quiz 1)

This Spanish Easy Review comprehension quiz is going to help you review your ability to read Spanish. On that note, it is time to really see just how much Spanish you really know. You should be quite familiar with the alphabet, understanding the importance of accent marks and the tilde, know how to ask questions, know how to count to 100, have a good supply of vocabulary words, including verbs and adjectives, understand punctuation marks and understand the order of words in a sentence. That is quite a lot to have learned in a new language in a relatively short period of time.

If you are not familiar with or comfortable with any of the above areas, please check out the Spanish Easy Review quizzes that will help refresh your memory and challenge you on each of those areas mentioned.

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Putting all of that information together is or can be a struggle at first but you’ve probably conquered more than you think. This quiz is, therefore, the first of a series of six quizzes designed to help you see just how much you can now read in Spanish. Some of the things you will need to look out for are those pesky accent marks and tildes, as well as masculine and feminine words and definite and indefinite articles.

The challenge for this quiz is to see just how many sentences below you can translate, either from Spanish to English or from English to Spanish. Are you ready to begin? Then let’s get started!

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  1. Nosotros gustamos dulce.
    The word nosotros in Spanish is the pronoun for we. This means that the third and last answers can be eliminated. The verb here is gustamos which is derived from the base verb gustar which means to like. Finally, dulce is the Spanish word for candy. The correct translation is: We like candy.
  2. Ella tiene un vestido de azul.
    The word ella in Spanish is the pronoun for she which is correctly shown in each answer. The word azul in Spanish means blue and it too appears in each answer. The Spanish indefinite article un is the masculine form of the word a. This means that the third and last answers can now be eliminated as they show the definite article the. The word vestido is Spanish for dress and not vest as shown in the second answer. The first answer, therefore, is the correct translation and shows all of the words in their correct order. The adjective blue comes after the noun dress and basically translates as dress of blue but really means blue dress.
  3. Él ve los delfines.
    The word él is the Spanish pronoun for he which is shown correctly in each answer. The word ve is the Spanish verb sees. This means that the third and last can now be eliminated as they show the wrong translation for ve. The definite article the in Spanish is los. This is the plural from of the definite article as the noun, delfines, is plural. The word delfines is Spanish for dolphins. Notice that the accent mark does not appear in delfines even though the singular of dolphin is delfín. You must remember the rule that when a noun ends in the consonant n and an accent mark appears in the last syllable of the word, the accent mark gets dropped when the word becomes plural. Understanding all of this, the correct translation is: He sees the dolphins.
  4. Son las diez.
    The word diez is Spanish for the number ten. Each answer does show the number correctly. The hint in this sentence, however, is the definite article las. It does not attach itself to the number ten but, rather, it replaces the word horas or hours. Now you know that the sentence is telling the time. As the time is not a person, it would not translate to they, you or he. If the sentence were translated literally, it would read, The hours are ten. However, in English it means: It is ten o’clock.
  5. Who is your father?
    The words es su padre appears in each answer and means is your father. That leaves the question word need for who. In Spanish, the question word for who is quién. Therefore, the Spanish translation of: Who is your father? is ¿Quién es su padre?
  6. Which house do you see?
    The words casa usted ve appear in each answer. They mean house do you see. This leaves the question word. The Spanish question word for which is cuál and to say: Which house do you see?, you would say: ¿Cuál casa usted ve?
  7. I have a red pencil.
    The word red in Spanish is rojo. Each answer has translated red correctly. The word for pencil is lápiz. Notice it has an accent mark. The first answer does not show an accent mark and the last answer not only does not have an accent mark but has misspelled the word. The first and last answers can now be eliminated. The verb being used is to have or tener in Spanish. 'I have' is translated as 'tengo'. The second answer translates as he/she/you (singular formal) has so it, too is not correct. To say, I have a red pencil, you would say: Tengo un lápiz de rojo.
  8. Juan gusta leche de chocolate.
    The word Juan is Spanish for John. This means that the last answer can quickly be eliminated. The first, second and third answers have each correctly translated leche de chocolate leche as chocolate milk. Gusta is a verb and is Spanish for likes telling you that the correct translation is: John likes chocolate milk.
  9. José trabaja en la mañana.
    The word José is Spanish for Joseph. This then means that you can eliminate the first and third answers. The words en la mañana translate as in the morning which appears in both the second and last answers. The verb is trabaja and it is Spanish for works. This means that the sentence translates as: Joseph works in the morning.
  10. Mi hermana ama gatos.
    The verb ama is Spanish for loves which has been correctly translated in each answer. The word gatos is Spanish for cats which means the first and last answers can now be eliminated. The word mi is the Spanish possessive pronoun for my and the word hermana is the Spanish word for sister. This then means that the sentence translates as: My sister loves cats.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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