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Vocabulary - Modern Electronics!

In this Spanish Medium Review quiz you will be looking at some of today’s modern electronics. When it comes to the world of electronics these days, it is moving forward almost as fast as the speed of light. Even languages have been effected by new words and terminologies. You always knew what a 'bite' was but now you also need to know what a 'byte' is. A 'bite' is the tearing at a substance, like food, with the teeth. A 'byte' is equal to eight bits. So what’s a bit? A bit can be a tool piece or it can be a small portion of something. In electronics it is a unit of digital communication. It’s enough to make your head spin and that’s only one new word.

In order to keep up with the modern changes in the world, so too must language keep up with it and that includes keeping up with it not only in English but in Spanish as well.

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You are probably familiar with most, if not all, of the words found in this introduction but do you think your grandparents know them well too? Probably not but they know words you wouldn’t be familiar with either. Thank goodness you don’t have to learn them today. Nope, just today’s modern electronic words. So let’s take a look.

MODERN ELECTRONICS AND THINGS

ENGLISH SPANISH
antenna antena [f]
application solicitud [f]
bit poco [m]
byte byte [m]
camera cámara [f]
cellphone teléfono celular [m]
clock reloj [m]
computer computadora [f]
digital digital [m/f] (this is an adjective and is the same with masculine and feminine nouns; also note that the G sounds like an H)
fan ventilador [m]
fiber optics fibra óptica [f]
high definition alta definición [f]
icon icono [m]
internet internet [m]
laptop portátil [m]
memory memoria [f]
microwave microonda [m]
modem módem [m]
monitor monitor [m]
online en línea [f]
radio radio [f]
recording grabación [f]
resolution resolución [f]
satellite satélite [m]
screen pantalla [f]
speed velocidad [f]
storage almacenamiento [m]
tablet tableta [f]
television televisión [m]
virus virus [m]

To make this quiz a little different, the quiz is going to give you ten different definitions. Your task is to find the correct Spanish word that the definition is describing. Don’t be worried – it’s not as hard as you first may think. Just take the time to learn your new vocabulary words (you might even want to look up their definitions) and then move on to the quiz. Good luck!

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  1. This device is used to establish a connection between a network and the internet.
    The device that is used to establish a connection between a network and the internet is known as a modem. In Spanish that is a módem.
  2. This is a picture, symbol or image that is used to display a computer application.
    A picture, symbol or image that is used to display a computer application is known as an icon. In Spanish that is an icono.
  3. This is a format that is used to display high-resolution images on a widescreen television.
    The format that is used to display high-resolution images on a widescreen television is known as high definition. In Spanish that is alta definición.
  4. This device is used to keep the hard drive of a computer from overheating.
    In order to keep a computer’s hard drive from overheating, a fan is used. In Spanish this is a ventilador.
  5. This is the technology where light transmissions occur through very fine, flexible glass or plastic threads.
    The technology where light transmissions occur through very find, flexible glass or plastic threads (also known as plastic fibers) is known as fiber optics. In Spanish this is fibra óptica.
  6. This is a software program that runs on a computer.
    A software program that runs on a computer is known as an application. In Spanish that is a solicitud.
  7. These are short electromagnetic waves.
    Short electromagnetic waves are known as microwaves. In Spanish that is microonda.
  8. This is a portable computer that has a display screen hinged to a keyboard and generally sits on your lap.
    A portable computer that has a display screen hinged to a keyboard and generally sits on your lap is known as a laptop. In Spanish this is a portátil.
  9. This is a place or space for storing information or things.
    A place or space for storing information or things is known as storage. In Spanish this is almacenamiento.
  10. This is a device that contains a photosensitive surface that records images through a lens.
    A device that contains a photosensitive surface that records images through a lens is known as a camera. In Spanish this is a cámara.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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