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Vocabulary - It is Made Out of This!

In this Spanish Medium Review quiz you will be introduced to words that things are made out of such as bricks, stone and straw. Are you handy with making things? Depending upon what it is that you want to make, you need to not only have the right tools to use but you also need the right materials. For example, if you want to make a walkway, you certainly are not going to need tinfoil or diamonds. You could, but it wouldn’t be a very good walkway. If you want to make dishes, bricks and straw might not be very good materials either. When you do have the right tools and right materials – what you can make is endless!

This list is a case where you will see that most of the Spanish words look completely different from than their English counterparts. Knowing that ahead of time, please be certain to take sufficient time to get to know each of these items. Now let’s look at the list.

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MATERIALS

ENGLISH SPANISH
brick ladrillo [m]
cement cemento [m]
ceramic cerámica [f]
cinder ceniza [f]
clay barro [m]
concrete hormigón [m]
copper cobre [m]
diamond diamante [m]
glass vaso [m]
iron hierro [m]
ivory marfil [m]
metal metal [m]
plastic plástico [m]
stone piedra [f]
straw paja [f] (note that the J sound like an H)
stucco estuco [m]
tar alquitrán [m]
tile azulejo [m]
tinfoil papel de aluminio [m]
wood madera [f]

That is only seventeen new vocabulary words to learn. Again, remember to read the words carefully, say them out loud, look for any accent marks and even see if you can say the plural forms of each word. When you are ready, let’s start making some things!

The quiz contains ten sentences about different structures. Your task is to locate the Spanish word for the material that the structure is made of.

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  1. Adobe houses are made out of ____.
    Adobe houses are made out of clay and straw that are formed into bricks. The Spanish words for clay and straw are barro y paja.
  2. Cinderella had this type of shoes.
    Cinderella had glass shoes. The Spanish word for glass is vaso.
  3. These are used to cover the walls around bathtubs and kitchen counters.
    The materials that is used to cover the walls around bathtubs and kitchen counters is tiles. The Spanish word for tiles is azulejos.
  4. An elephant’s tusk is made of this.
    An elephant’s tusk is made out of ivory. The Spanish word for ivory is marfil.
  5. Most engagement rings are made with this.
    Most engagement rings are made with a diamond. The Spanish word for diamond is diamante.
  6. Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz had to follow this kind of a yellow road.
    Dorothy had to follow the yellow brick road. The Spanish word for brick is ladrillo.
  7. The Eiffel Tower in Paris is made of this.
    The Eiffel Tower in Paris is made of iron. The Spanish word for iron is hierro.
  8. Old time roller coasters were made of this.
    Old time roller coasters were made of wood. The Spanish word for wood is madera.
  9. Many different kinds of water bottles are made of this.
    Many different kinds of water bottles are made of plastic. The Spanish word for plastic is plástico.
  10. Disposable roasting pans are made of this.
    Disposable roasting pans are made out of tinfoil. The Spanish words for tinfoil are papel de aluminio.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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