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Vocabulary - Keep Them Coming!

This Spanish Medium Review quiz will be introducing you to a variety of random vocabulary words. In other words, keep them coming! Most of the quizzes that you have had in both the Spanish Easy Review and the Spanish Medium Review quiz series have centered around specific topics that have included vocabulary words that are directly related to that topic such as foods, fruits, furniture, at the beach, at a parade, buildings, modes of transportation, animals and so on. You are being drowned in new vocabulary words. In this drowning, however, there are still many, many more words that you have not been introduced to. Let’s face it, there are millions of words to learn. (Okay, only about 20,000 if you want to get technical.) All the same, as you know from learning your own language and as you are now learning Spanish, you will find that learning new words is an ongoing process throughout your life.

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Although the series of Spanish quizzes found on this site cannot possibly introduce you to every word, it will provide you with as many words as possible so that you can communicate quite well by the time you complete the Spanish Difficult Review series. Therefore, this quiz, and the Spanish Medium Review quiz titled Vocabulary: Catch Me if You Can! is going to keep the words coming so you can add them to your ever growing vocabulary word bank! You may recognize a couple, however, as you have had them before. Now, let’s have a look at the following vocabulary words.

RANDOM VOCABULARY

ENGLISH SPANISH
basketball baloncesto [m]
blind ciego / ciega (this is an adjective which will take on the appropriate gender)
cigar cigarro [m]
cigarette cigarrillo [m]
coral coral [m]
costume disfraz [m]
deaf sordo / sorda (this is an adjective which will take on the appropriate gender)
field campo [m]
footprint huella [f]
hill colina [f]
lantern linterna [f]
majestic majestuoso / majestuosa (this is an adjective which will take on the appropriate gender) (note that the J sound like an H)
marble canica [f]
pipe tubo [m]
pole polo [m]
poll encuesta [f]
pool / billiards billar [m]
pretty bonito / bonita (this is an adjective which will take on the appropriate gender)
smart inteligente (this is an adjective that is spelled the same for both masculine and feminine)
stupid estúpido / estúpida (this is an adjective which will take on the appropriate gender)
sunglasses gafas de sol [f]
ugly feo / fea (this is an adjective which will take on the appropriate gender)
universe universo [m]
volleyball voleibol [m]

As you can see, many of these words are adjectives so they will take on either the masculine or feminine form of the object or subject that they are describing. Now, for the quiz, there are ten sentences with each sentence containing a blank space. From the Spanish answers provided, locate the word that would best complete the sentence.

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  1. Jack and Jill ran up the ____.
    Yes, this is from a very famous nursery rhyme. Jack and Jill ran up the hill. The Spanish word for hill is colina.
  2. Mr. Fredrick bought himself a box of Cuban ____.
    Mr. Fredrick bought himself a box of Cuban cigars. The Spanish word for cigars is cigarros.
  3. Do you have a ____ for the Halloween dance?
    Do you have a costume for the Halloween dance? The Spanish word for costume is disfraz.
  4. I just got through reading the poem, ____ in the Sand.
    There is a very famous and often referred to poem called Footprints in the Sand. The Spanish word for footprints is huellas.
  5. Three ____ mice. See how they run!
    This here is also a famous nursery rhyme about three blind mice. Mice is the object so is it masculine or feminine? The Spanish word for mouse is ratón and it is a masculine word. Knowing this you can eliminate the third and last answers as they both show the feminine form of the words. The Spanish word for blind is ciego which will become plural as there are three mice, i.e., ciegos.
  6. The L.A. Lakers are a ____ team.
    The L.A. Lakers are a basketball team. The Spanish word for basketball is baloncesto.
  7. Have you ever seen the Clint Eastwood movie called 'The Good, the Bad and the ____'?
    The old Clint Eastwood movie is called 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'. The Spanish word for ugly is feo.
  8. Those are ____ flowers!
    The first and second answers are the adjective (masculine and feminine) words for beautiful. The third and last answers are the nouns for brother and sister. Clearly the third and last answers do not belong in the given sentence. Your next task is to determine what is being described. That would be flowers. The Spanish word for flowers is flor which is a feminine word. Therefore, the first answer can be eliminated as it is the masculine form. The second answer is the correct word and form (feminine and plural) for beautiful.
  9. You can use a ____ to light the way.
    You can use a lantern to light the way. The Spanish word for lantern is linterna.
  10. Some people don’t have all of their ____.
    Some people don’t have all of their marbles. The Spanish word for marbles is canicas.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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