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Vocabulary - For the Love of Sports!

Do you love to play sports? Playing any sport is a great, healthy way to stay in shape, even if your sport is just walking or jogging. Some people, however, love to participate in leagues such as bowling leagues or baseball leagues or football leagues. Not only does it help tone your body but it’s a way to meet new people and make lots of friends. Sports is loved in virtually every country of the world. Because sports is so important to so many people, in this Spanish Medium Review quiz you will be looking at a variety of different sports.

The Olympics is one avenue through which literally millions of people show their love of sports. In short, sports is almost a language of its own but since you are in the process of learning Spanish, we think that this would be a good time for your to learn some Spanish vocabulary words that involve sports. Are you game for it? Then take a look at the following sports list!

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IT’S ALL ABOUT SPORTS

ENGLISH SPANISH
ball pelota [f]
baseball béisbol [m]
bat bate [m]
bowling boliche [m]
boxing boxeo [m]
coach / trainer entrenador [m]
competition competencia [f]
exercise ejercicio [m] (note that the J sounds like an H)
football fútbol americano [m]
game juego [m]
gymnastics gimnasia [f]
hockey hockey [m]
hockey stick palo de hockey [m]
hunter cazador [m]
hunting caza [f]
inning entrada [f]
loser perdedor [m]
puck disco [m]
race carrera [f]
referee árbitro [m]
score puntuación [f]
soccer fútbol [m]
sport deporte [m]
team equipo [m]
tennis tenis [m]
winner ganador [m]
wrestling lucha [f]

Did you notice the difference between football and soccer. In many countries, soccer is football so to make it clear that you are talking about the American version of football it is stated as 'fútbol americano'. Remember that if you do not include 'americano' it will simply mean soccer. In addition, in this instance you do not have to capitalize 'americano'.

Now, let’s move on to the quiz. There are ten questions that all have to do with sports. Your task is to find the Spanish word that will answer the question. So let’s move on over to the starting gate! Ready – go!

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  1. This sport has a catcher, a pitcher and bases.
    The sport that has a catcher, a pitcher and bases is known as baseball. The Spanish word for baseball is béisbol.
  2. This sport involves two people in a ring.
    The sport that involves two people in a ring is known as boxing. The Spanish word for boxing is boxeo. (a) is correct.
  3. The person or team that gets the highest one of these wins!
    The person or the team that gets the highest score wins! The Spanish word for score is puntuación.
  4. You hear the word love in this sport.
    You hear the word love in the sport of tennis. The word tennis in Spanish is tenis. Notice that there is only one N.
  5. This person makes the calls on plays made in a sports game.
    The person who makes the calls on plays made in a sports game is known as a referee. The Spanish word for referee is árbitro.
  6. You use a puck in this sport.
    You use a puck in the sport of hockey. The Spanish word for hockey is hockey. Pretty easy!
  7. Ten Pins is one form of this sport.
    Ten Pins is a form of bowling. The Spanish word for bowling is boliche.
  8. Baseball and football would be lost if they didn’t have one of these.
    Baseball and football would be lost if they didn’t have a ball. The Spanish word for ball is pelota.
  9. A person in this sport could sit up in a tree for hours to win his/her game.
    A person who could sit up in a tree for hours to win their came would be a hunter. The Spanish word for hunter is cazador.
  10. You would find parallel bars and pommel horses in this sport.
    You would find parallel bars and pommel horses in the sports of gymnastics. The word gymnastics in Spanish is gimnasia.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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