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Vocabulary - Catch Me If You Can!

In this Spanish Medium Review quiz you will be introduced to a number of new vocabulary words that are unrelated. In fact, this quiz goes along with the Spanish Medium Review quiz titled Vocabulary: Keep Them Coming! The focus of these two quizzes is to try and introduce you to as many new Spanish vocabulary words as possible without causing your brain to explode.

The words given to you here and in the Vocabulary: Keep Them Coming! quiz are not related words but, rather, are considered words that you would more commonly come across in your journey towards learning a new language. Remember that all rules apply to these words when it comes to being masculine or feminine or singular or plural and whether or not they have accent marks.

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As you continue to progress through the Spanish Medium Review quiz series and start to get to the reading comprehension quizzes and writing quizzes, having a good, deep vocabulary base upon which to draw from will be a key factor on how well you do progress. It will definitely make you more articulate in Spanish! Knowing this, let’s move on to your new unrelated vocabulary list.

WORD CATCH

ENGLISH SPANISH
amazing asombroso / asombrosa (this is an adjective which will take on the appropriate gender)
airport aeropuerto [m]
axis eje [m]
badger tejón [m]
beast bestia [f]
beautiful hermoso / hermosa (this is an adjective which will take on the appropriate gender)
birthday cumpleaños [m]
bison bisonte [m]
bride novia [f]
buffalo búfalo [m]
chess ajedrez [m] (note that the J sounds like an H)
clue pista [f]
cheetah guepardo [m] (sounds like gay-par-do)
circus circo [m]
contest concurso [m]
dice dado [m]
diver buzo [m]
domino domino [m]
donkey burro [m]
elk alce [m]
fast rápido / rápida (this is an adjective which will take on the appropriate gender)
frog rana [f]
galaxy galaxia [f]
groom novio [m]
hedgehog erizo [m]
hopscotch rayuela [f]
keyring llavero [m]
lake lago [m]
lesson lección [f]
mayor alcalde [m]
mine mina [f]
pan sartén [f]
passport pasaporte [m]
pirate pirata [m]
planet planeta [m]
pot olla [f] (pronounced as o-ya)
rock roca [f]
satellite satélite [m]
seahorse caballito de mar [m]
shell concha [f]
slow lento / lenta (this is an adjective which will take on the appropriate gender)
small pequeño / pequeña (this is an adjective which will take on the appropriate gender)
spicy picante (this is an adjective that is spelled the same way for masculine and feminine)
stream corriente [f]
suitcase maleta [f]
telescope telescopio [m]
terminal terminal [f]
tower torre [f]
tucan tucán [m]
vacation vacación [f] (note that it also means holiday)
week semana [f]
weekend fin de semana [m]

As in the quiz titled Vocabulary: Keep Them Coming!, your quiz task is to read the following ten quiz sentences and/or questions. Each sentence will either have a blank space where a word must be used from the answers to complete the sentence, a word that has been all capitalized that must be filled in using one of the answers or a question that must then be answered. Remember, the vocabulary words here are random so the sentences could be about almost anything.

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  1. El burro es ____.
    This sentence translates as: The donkey is ____. The first answer means estate. The second answer means slow. The third answer means hut and the last answer means peppermint. The word that fits into the sentence properly is slow so that the sentence reads: The donkey is slow.
  2. Corrieron a la ____ del aeropuerto.
    This sentence literally translates as: They ran to the ____ of the airport. The first answer means stewardess. The second answer means car. The third answer means terminal and the last answer means street. The word that fits into the sentence properly is terminal so that the sentence reads: They ran to the terminal of the airport. In English this would be said as: They ran to the airport terminal.
  3. Jacob found his mother's ____.
    The first answer means tarragon (a spice). The second answer means forehead. The third answer means passport and the last answer means stone. The word that properly fits into the sentence to make it complete is passport so that the sentence reads: Jacob found his mother’s passport.
  4. Which of the following items would not be found in water?
    The first answer means shell. The second answer means suitcase. The third answer means diver and the last answer means frog. The item that would not be found in water is the suitcase.
  5. When is your BIRTHDAY?
    The Spanish word for birthday is cumpleaños.
  6. Marvin likes the SPICY peppers the best!
    The Spanish word for spicy peppers is picantes.
  7. The children played ____ during recess.
    The first answer means keyring. The second answer means hopscotch. The third answer means pan and the last answer means elk. The word that properly fits into the sentence is hopscotch so that the sentence now reads as: The children played hopscotch during recess.
  8. El parque es ____.
    The first answer means afraid. The second answer means week. The third answer means beautiful and the last answer means lonely. The word that fits into the sentence properly is beautiful so that the sentence reads: The park is beautiful. (Note that since park (el parque) is masculine, that the adjective for beautiful must be in the masculine form.)
  9. Allí está ____ en mi mina.
    This sentence read: There is ____ in my mine. The first answer means gold. The second answer means eye. The third answer means axis and the last answer means 'of the'. The word that fits properly in the sentence to complete it is gold so that the sentence will read: There is gold in my mine.
  10. Mr. Wilson is the new MAYOR of our town.
    The Spanish word for mayor is alcalde.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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