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Writing - Spanish to English (2)

This quiz will be the last writing quiz in the academic series of Spanish Easy Review quizzes. You can breathe a sigh of relief! Still, there are ten more sentences that you will need to tackle first before it is over. Therefore, this writing Spanish Easy Review quiz is the second quiz that will have you practicing how to translate and write from Spanish to English.

As you did in the sister quiz, i.e., Writing: Spanish to English (1) and the two reverse quizzes Writing: English to Spanish (1) and Writing: English to Spanish (2), your task is to actually take the time to write down your Spanish sentences and/or the English translation of a given Spanish sentence.

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The process of writing triggers the brain to do some serious memorization work that you will then later be able to call upon. This is really crucial in any subject but especially so when learning a whole new language.

Okay, now it is time to start the quiz. If you have not taken the sister quiz or the reverse quizzes mentioned above, please do so now as each of those quizzes will help you to understand what you need to do here. You will need some paper and a pen or pencil because, again, your task is to not only find the correct answers in the quiz, but to write as well. So if you are ready, then begin the quiz now!

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  1. Mis pies duelen.
    The Spanish word mis is the plural of the possessive adjective of mí which means my. Each answer has translated this correctly. The word pies is Spanish for feet. This means that the first and last answers can be eliminated because it does not mean actual pies that you eat. The word duelen is the Spanish verb for ache (or hurt). The full translation is: My feet ache.
  2. Hoy es miércoles.
    The word hoy is Spanish for today and it is translated correctly in each answer. The verb es is Spanish for is and it, too, is translated correctly in each answer. The word miércoles is Spanish for Wednesday. The correct English translation is: Today is Wednesday.
  3. El delfín nada.
    Notice that el does not have an accent mark. When it does not have an accent mark it is Spanish for the. This means that the second and third answers can be eliminated as they have not translated this correctly. He would contain an accent mark such as él. There is a tricky part to this sentence that comes with the word nada. It has two meaning in Spanish depending upon the context of the sentence. In one instance it means swims and in the other it means nothing. The word that will tell you which meaning it has in the given sentence is delfín. This word is Spanish for dolphin. It is highly unlikely that the sentence would translate as: The dolphin nothing. However, it is likely that it would translate as: The dolphin swims.
  4. Diego es un mecánico.
    The name Diego is Spanish for the English name James. All answers show this correctly. The word es is Spanish for is. The third answer has translated es as being the word has which is not correct. The third answer can be eliminated. The word mecánico is Spanish for mechanic. The last answer has not translated this correctly so it can also be eliminated. The word 'un' in Spanish is the indefinite article for 'a' and not for the definite article of 'the'.
  5. El gallo es marrón.
    The verb here is the Spanish word es which means is. The first answer has not translated this word correctly so it can be eliminated. In addition el is Spanish for 'the' not 'he'. The word gallo is Spanish for rooster and marrón is Spanish for brown. The English translation of the given Spanish sentence is: The rooster is brown.
  6. ¿Ves las tijeras?
    The Spanish word ves is a verb that means you see. Note that the you is the singular, familiar you. Each answer has translated this correctly. Las has also been translated correctly as the. The word tijeras is Spanish for scissors. The correct translation is: Do you see the scissors?
  7. Betty come cereza.
    The name Betty is used in both English and Spanish so it translates the same. All answers show this correctly. The Spanish word come is a verb that means eats and cereza is the Spanish noun that means cherries. This tells you that the second answer is the answer that has translated the given Spanish sentence correctly, i.e.: Betty eats cherries.
  8. Él paga la factura.
    The Spanish words él paga mean he pays. Each answer has translated this correctly as well as la for the. That leaves the word facture. Factura is Spanish for bill (or invoice). This means that the first answer is showing the correct translation of the given Spanish sentence.
  9. Madre limpia las ventanas.
    The word madre is Spanish for mother and each answer has translated this correctly. The word limpia is Spanish for cleans. This means that the first and second answers can be eliminated. The words las ventanas is Spanish for the windows. This means that the correct translation is: Mother cleans the windows.
  10. Llueve en abril.
    The words en abril are Spanish for in April and have been translated correctly in each answer. The word llueve is Spanish for rains. Clearly he, she and you cannot rain but 'it' can. Llueve means it rains. The last answer, therefore, shows the correct English translation of, It rains in April.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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