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Comprehension - I Can Read Spanish! (Quiz 2)

This Spanish Easy Review comprehension quiz is going to continue to help you review your ability to read Spanish. It is, in fact, the second quiz in a series of six that will show you just how much Spanish you have learned.

For the most part you have been learning vocabulary words, adjectives, verbs and conjugating them in the present tense, and a little bit about sentence structure. You are now putting all of that information together to start reading.

If you have already taken the Spanish Easy Review quiz titled Comprehension: I Can Read Spanish! (Quiz 1) you probably found that you really can now read Spanish! It wasn’t as hard as you thought.

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Still, you have many more vocabulary words to draw from so that means you can read a lot more and reading helps to give you practice in seeing the words and associating them with objects and things. So now let’s continue on with training the brain to recognize Spanish in the written form.

There are ten sentences given below. See if you can find the right translation for each sentence among the four answers provided for you.

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  1. Él llama la chica una niña.
    The word él is the Spanish pronoun for he. Each answer has translated this correctly. The verb here is llama which means calls. This means that the second answer can now be eliminated. La chica is Spanish for the girl and una is the indefinite article of a. Finally, niña is Spanish for a (girl) child. The translation is: He calls the girl a child.
  2. María vive en el oeste.
    The word María is Spanish for Mary. Each answer has translated this correctly. The verb is vive which means lives. This means that the first and last answers can now be eliminated. The word en means in and el oeste is Spanish for the west. The translation is: Mary lives in the west.
  3. Ellos tocan en la calle de negro.
    The word ellos is Spanish for they. Each answer has translated this correctly. The words la calle are Spanish for the street. This means that the second and third answers can now be eliminated. La calle de negro means black street and en means in or on. Finally, the verb here is tocan which is Spanish for play. Therefore, the translation is: They play on the black street.
  4. She skates on the blue water.
    The words of en la agua de azul are Spanish for on the blue water. Each answer has translated this correctly. The word ella is Spanish for she. This means that the second, third and last answers are incorrect in that the second answer translates as they skate. The third answer translates as: you [familiar/singular] skate. The last answer translates as: you [familiar/plural] skate. The first answer translates as: she skates and is the correct translation.
  5. They have seven sisters.
    The word they in Spanish is ellos [masculine] and ellas [feminine]. As you do not know if they refers to all boys, all girls or a mixture of both, you always use the masculine form, i.e., ellos. This now means that the first and last answers can now be eliminated. The Spanish word for sisters will be a feminine word. The third answer shows a masculine word meaning that the third answer is also not correct. The second answer translates as: They have seven sisters.
  6. El tiempo es frío.
    The word el is the definite article the which has been translated correctly in each answer. The verb is es (from ser) and means is. That too has been translated correctly in each answer. The word tiempo is Spanish for weather and the word frío is Spanish for cold. This now means that the first, second and last answers can be eliminated. The correct translation is: The weather is cold.
  7. La silla de marrón está aquí.
    The verb here is está and it is Spanish for is (temporary condition). Each answer has translated this correctly. The word aquí is Spanish for here which means that the first and third answers can now be eliminated. The words la silla de marrón are Spanish for the brown chair. The second answer can now be eliminated which leaves you with the last answer making the translation: The brown chair is here.
  8. Sara besa su amigo adiós.
    Each answer has correctly translated Sara to Sarah. The Spanish possessive pronoun su means her. This means that the second and third answers can now be eliminated. The word amigo is Spanish for friend and this is translated correctly in the first, third and last answers. The verb besa means kisses and the word adiós means good-bye so the last answer is not correct. The first answer, however, does show the correct, full translation.
  9. Ella habla al mediodía.
    At this point you only have been using the present tense of a verb. The last answer shows the future tense usage so it can be eliminated. In addition, the second answer shows the base form of the verb which is not shown in the sentence making it an incorrect translation. The word ella is the Spanish pronoun for she and the verb habla means speaks. Both have been translated correctly in the first and third answers. However, the word mediodía is Spanish for noon. This means that the correct translation is: She speaks at noon.
  10. Yo cocino en el domingo.
    At this point you have only been working with the present tense of verbs. The last answer shows a past tense verb usage so it is not the correct translation. The verb cocino is Spanish for I cook and domingo is Spanish for Sunday. The correct translation is: I cook on Sunday.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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