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Vocabulary - Musical Instruments

What kind of music do you like? Rock, rock and roll, country, jazz, classical, modern, rap, hip hop? Whatever music you like, the world would not have very much melodic music without musical instruments. Of course, some voices can sound quite beautiful and are instruments on their own. All the same, instruments really create the music and the mood. Therefore, for this Spanish Medium Review quiz we are going to be looking at musical instruments. More accurately, we will be looking at their Spanish names as music transcends from one language to another.

Now let us take a look at several musical instruments. Do you play any of these or would you like to learn to play any of them? We cannot teach you how to play them here but we can teach you how to say them by their Spanish names! Are you ready then? Here is your list.

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INSTRUMENTS

ENGLISH SPANISH
banjo banjo [m] (in Spanish the J sounds like H)
bugle clarín [m]
bar compás [m]
cello violoncelo [m]
clarinet clarinete [m]
drum tambor [m]
fiddle violín [m]
flute flauta [f]
French horn trompa de llaves [f]
guitar guitarra [f]
harmonica armónica [f]
harp arpa [f]
keyboard teclado [m]
oboe oboe [m]
piano piano [m]
saxophone saxófono [m]
tambourine pandero [m]
trombone trombón [m]
trumpet trompeta [f]
violin violín [m] (note that it is the same as fiddle)
music música [f]
notes notas [f]
rhythm ritmo [m]

As a little side note, instruments can have a number of different names in Spanish. For example, you learned above that tambourine was pandero [m]. However, it can also be called a pandereta [f]. Just something to be aware of although you will not be required to know all of the possible different names here. In any Spanish country they will understand the word you have learned in this quiz.

Did you know if you practice your Spanish words with soft music in the background you will be able to remember the new words more easily? It is how you learn the words to a new song without even trying to learn them. The music soothes you so that your brain can function more quickly. Why not try it. Study your Spanish vocabulary words without soft music in the background and then study them with the music. Do you see a difference? Remember, it must be soft music, not all out rock. Rock music is fun, just not for studying. Okay, now it is time to move on to the quiz and start using our new Spanish musical instrument vocabulary words!

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  1. Joseph has always wanted to learn how to play the TROMPA DE LLAVES.
    The capitalized Spanish word trompa de llaves means French horn in English.
  2. Melissa learned to play the TECLADO when she was only six years old.
    The capitalized Spanish word teclado means keyboard in English.
  3. Do you think it would be hard to learn how to play the TAMBORES?
    The capitalized Spanish word tambores means drums in English.
  4. The fiddler on the roof played a ____.
    To find the correct answer here you need to know the spelling. The fiddler on the roof played a fiddle. In Spanish that is violín.
  5. Kathy found a PANDERO at the bottom of the old trunk in the attic.
    The capitalized Spanish word pandero means tambourine in English.
  6. Which of the following is not a musical instrument?
    The second answer means trombone. That is a musical instrument. The third answer means banjo which is also a musical instrument. The last answer means flute. Again, that is a musical instrument. The first answer means rhythm. That is not a musical instrument but something you can create with a musical instrument.
  7. The conductor used a HARMONICA to set the pitch.
    To find the correct answer here you need to know the spelling. The Spanish word for harmonica is armónica. It has an accent mark above the 'o'.
  8. Randy could not believe that his parents bought him a VIOLONCELO.
    The capitalized Spanish word violoncelo means cello in English.
  9. Mindy did extremely well during her CLARINET solo!
    To find the correct answer here you need to know the spelling. The Spanish word for clarinet is clarinete. It contains no accent marks.
  10. This can soothe you so that your brain can function more quickly.
    The answer to this one is found in the introduction. Music can soothe you so that your brain can function more quickly. The Spanish word for music is música.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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