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Math - Money Talks!

This Spanish Easy Review math quiz takes a look at money. Does money really talk? Some people think so. It says, "Oh, use me to buy this," or "Oh, use me to buy that." Some people think that money 'flies' as in, "It flies out the door as soon as I get it." All joking aside - everyone does need to use money. By now you’ve already had some experience with your own money either earned through doing chores, or having an allowance, or gift money received. Some money you even saved and then it becomes a fun task to count up how much you have saved. Counting means - math. Yup - that means that money is math! Money deals with numbers and numbers do talk in the sense that they tell you answers to things!

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Since you are in the process of learning to speak in Spanish, it is only natural that you learn to speak and deal with money in Spanish as well. To do that, you will need to learn a few new vocabulary words. Those words include.

English Spanish Pronounced (Phonetically) As
to earn (verb) ganar gă-năr (This is a regular ar verb.)
to loan (verb) prestar prāy-stăr (This is a regular ar verb.)
to save (verb) salvar săl-văr (This is a regular ar verb.)
loan (el) préstamo prāy-stă-mō
money (el) dinero dē-near-ō
dollar (el) dólar dō-lăr
cent (el) centavo sěn-tăr-vō
penny (el) penique pěn-ē-kāy
nickel (el) níquel nē-kwěl
quarter (el) cuarto kwār-tō (Do not get this confused with cuatro which is four.)
bill/invoice (la) factura fărk-tŭ-ră
change (el) cambio căm-bē-ō
debt (la) deuda dāy-oo-dă

Notice that Spanish does not have a word for dime. Rather it is said as diez centavos i.e. ten cents. Now that you have your money list, take a few moments to read each word as it is pronounced, as well as pay attention to its spelling. When you are comfortable with the words, move on to the quiz section. Look at each of the ten problems and then find the answer that matches the capitalized words in each problem.

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  1. Margie has TWENTY CENTS.
    The first answer reads cents of twenty and is not the proper Spanish way to say twenty cents. The third answer reads twenty penny. It does not match the English capitalized words and penny is singular when it should have been written as plural. The last answer shows the word cents as a feminine word. Cents is a masculine word and should have been written as centavos. The second answer does show the correct Spanish translation of the capitalized words.
  2. Do you have A DOLLAR you can lend me?
    The Spanish word for dollar is dólar and each answer shows this correctly. However, dólar is a masculine word and una in the first answer is showing a feminine indefinite article. The second answer reads one dollar so it is not the Spanish translation of the capitalized words. The last answer reads the dollar and it, too, is not the correct translation. The third answer reads a dollar and is the correct answer that matches.
  3. SHE EARNS money for doing chores.
    First determine the Spanish pronoun for she. That is ella. This means that the third and last answers can be eliminated. Next, 'to earn' is a regular ar verb. The correct verb tense ending for 'she earns' is 'a' or 'gana'. Both the second and third answers have used the wrong verb ending. The first answer, however, shows the correct Spanish translation for 'she earns'.
  4. He has THREE QUARTERS.
    Each of the answers has the correct Spanish translation for three, tres. The third answer reads three fours so it is not the correct answer. The first and second answers have misspelled the word for quarters so they, too, are not correct. The last answer does show the correct Spanish translation for three quarters.
  5. Will you pay THE BILL for me?
    The capitalized words the bill shows that there is only one bill so the translated answer should also show the singular form. The last answer reads the bills which is plural. Therefore, the last answer is not correct. The second answer reads it bill so it is not correct either. The third answer does read the bill except that bill in Spanish is a feminine word and the third answer contains a masculine definite article. The first answer reads the bill and shows the definite article as feminine.
  6. Michael is THE MONEY man!
    The Spanish word for money is dinero which is a masculine word. It is also a singular word in this sentence. The first and second answers show the word and the definite article as being feminine, with the first answer showing it as a plural word. Both the first and second answers are incorrect. The last answer shows the correct masculine gender but it is showing it as a plural word. It reads the monies so it, too, is not correct. The third answer reads the money and is the correct Spanish translation.
  7. Jason has saved SEVENTY-TWO DOLLARS.
    The correct way to say seventy-two in Spanish is setenta y dos. This clearly makes the first answer incorrect, as well as the second and third answers as they are missing the 'y'. In addition, in Spanish, when you make a word plural that ends in a consonant, you add 'es'. The first and second answers have only added an 's'. The last answer shows the complete, correct Spanish translation.
  8. Johnny found FOURTEEN CENTS in his toy box.
    Each answer shows the correct translation for cents. Now you need to know the correct translation for fourteen. In Spanish, fourteen is catorce which means that the second answer is the correct Spanish translation.
  9. Carol has EIGHTEEN NICKELS.
    The first answer reads eighteen nickel. As there are eighteen of them, the noun needs to be plural and in this case, it is singular so the first answer is not correct. The second and last answers read nineteen nickels and nineteen nickel making both of them wrong. The third answer reads eighteen nickels and is the correct Spanish translation.
  10. Stephen received THIRTY-ONE CENTS IN CHANGE.
    The first answer reads thirty-one cents of to save. That is simply not correct. The third answer reads thirty-one cents of loan so it, too, is not correct. The last answer reads thirty-one in cents. Again, it is not correct. The second answer, however, reads thirty-one cents in change and is the correct Spanish translation.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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