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Vocabulary - Having Good Manners!

This Spanish Easy Review vocabulary quiz takes a look at good manners. It doesn’t matter what language you are speaking. If you have very poor manners, people will not think very highly of you. In fact, they will see you as being very rude. Learning good manners starts when you are very, very young. Perhaps the very first manner you learn is to say thank you. Next would probably be please.

Having good manners shows people that you care about them, that you show them respect and that you are socially polite. This is even true with complete strangers. In addition, if you want people to show you respect, then you need to be a good example of one who always is polite and uses good manners.

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You know the language of good manners in English so now it is time to learn the language of good manners in Spanish. That means new vocabulary. Let’s see what these new words are!

English Spanish Pronounced (Phonetically) As
excuse me ¡Disculpe! dē-skool-pāy
may I ¿Se puede? sāy pwāy-dāy
pardon me perdóname pěr-dŏn-ă-māy
I’m sorry lo siento lō sē-ěn-tō
bless you ¡salud! să-lūd
please por favor poor fă-vŏr
thank you gracias gră-sē-ăs
you’re welcome de nada dāy nă-dă
no problem no problema nō prō-blāy-mă
after you después de ti děs-pews dāy tē

For this quiz you will be given ten situations that will require you to respond with manners. From the answers provided, determine which Spanish manner should be used in the situation given.

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  1. A person just sneezed. You say, ____.
    When a person sneezes, the proper response is to say bless you. Bless you in Spanish is ¡salud!
  2. You ask the waitress for a glass of water by saying, '_____ May I have a glass of water?'
    When you ask someone to get something for you such as in a restaurant, you would say, 'Pardon me! May I have a glass of water?' To say 'pardon me' in Spanish you would say, 'perdóname'. In this situation, 'pardon me' is its own sentence so it needs to be shown with the exclamation marks (before and after in Spanish). As an additional side note here, perdóname’ would be used in an informal situation. If the situation is more formal, then you could say perdóneme. Notice that the 'a' became an 'e'. For now, however, we will focus on perdóname but be aware that you could see and/or hear it stated the formal way as well.
  3. You bump into someone accidently so you say, ____.
    When you accidentally bump into someone the correct manner is to say excuse me. In Spanish this is ¡Disculpe!
  4. Some gives you a gift. You say, ____.
    When someone gives you a gift, good manners tells you to say thank you. In Spanish this is gracias.
  5. The teacher said 'thank you' to you. You respond back with, ____
    When someone says thank you to you it is customary to reply with you’re welcome. In Spanish this is de nada.
  6. A man opens a door for a lady and says, ____.
    When a man opens a door for a lady he would generally say 'after you'. In Spanish this is después de ti.
  7. A friend just told you that their pet died. You respond with, ____.
    When a friend tells you that their pet has died, you would politely respond with 'I’m sorry'. In Spanish this is lo siento.
  8. Your grandmother asks you to run an errand for her but she is afraid that it might be asking you to do too much. You respond with to her with, ____.
    When someone asks you to help them out in some way but they are clearly worried that by your helping them it might be asking you for too much - the proper, respectful response is 'no problem'. This is to put them at ease that you really do not mind helping them out at all. In Spanish this is no problema.
  9. You just let out a loud burp. You say, ____.
    When you let out a loud burp, the polite thing to say is excuse me. In Spanish this is ¡Disculpe!
  10. Your sister cleaned up your room for you so that you would be able to go to your friend’s party. You tell her, ____.
    When your sister or anyone else does something for you that aids you in some way, the proper, polite thing to say is thank you. In Spanish that is gracias.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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