Writing - Spanish to English (1)

In this Spanish Medium Review quiz you will have the opportunity to write out sentences from Spanish to English. In fact, this quiz, and the one to follow, i.e., Writing: Spanish to English (2) are the sister quizzes of the Spanish Medium Review quizzes titled Writing: English to Spanish (1) and Writing: English to Spanish (2). In other words, you will be required to WRITE out your answers. However, the difference with these next two quizzes is that instead of being given a sentence in English and then having to translate it to Spanish, here you will be given a sentence is Spanish and you will have to write out the sentence into English and then see if you can find the English translation among the answers given.

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Even though your answers are being written in English, it is causing your brain to associate the Spanish words to the English words. Each time you have to translate from one language to the next, the brain is associating words in both languages to each other. Eventually, in time, the brain will easily do this without you even realizing that it is happening. If you have not already taken (and written) the sister quizzes (English to Spanish) then you might want to do those first. They will help you understand the process of what to look for in your translating. It is always vocabulary, verb tenses, accent marks and sentence structure.

When you are ready, look at the ten quiz sentences and start writing out your answers. Next, check your answers against the four given answers shown to you here to see if you can locate your translation and to see if you translated correctly.

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  1. Señora Wilson encontró la tiza.
    The first thing to note is that Señora is Spanish for Mrs. The first answer has improperly used Miss. The verb used is a past tense verb and each answer has shown the past tense form of a verb. Encontró is Spanish for she found. The third answer shows the verb for she encountered. It, too, can now be eliminated. Finally, tiza is Spanish for chalk and not taxi which eliminates the second answer. The proper translation is: Mrs. Wilson found the chalk.
  2. El sacerdote eligió el himno.
    Each answer has correctly translated 'El sacerdote' as 'the priest' and 'el himno' as 'the hymn'. Next you need to determine which pronoun can replace the priest. That would be he. Now all that is left is the verb which is a past tense verb. The verb eligió is Spanish for he chose. Therefore, the correct translation is: The priest chose the hymn.
  3. Él ve las cebras.
    Each sentence has correctly translated 'He sees the'. The Spanish word cebras means zebras and the correct translation is: He sees the zebras.
  4. Mi amigo me compró un nuevo mantel.
    Each sentence has correctly translated 'My friend bought me a new'. The Spanish word mantel means tablecloth. Therefore, the correct translation is: My friend bought me a new tablecloth.
  5. Ellos fueron a patio de recreo.
    The first thing to do is to look at the pronoun ellos. It is Spanish for they. This then means that the first and last answers can be eliminated. The Spanish verb fueron means went. Now the second answer can be eliminated. The correct translation is then: They went to the playground.
  6. Él escribió en la pizarra.
    Each answer correctly translated él as he and that is as far as they go. Escribió is the Spanish past tense verb that means he wrote. Therefore, the correct translation is: He wrote on the blackboard.
  7. Tengo un balón de playa.
    Each answer has correctly translated 'Tengo un' as 'I have a'. The Spanish words 'balón de playa' means 'beach ball'. Therefore, the correct translation is: I have a beach ball.
  8. Miguel es de Dinamarca.
    Each answer has correctly translated 'Miguel es' as 'Michael is'. 'De' is Spanish for 'from' which means that the first and third answers can be eliminated. Dinamarca is Spanish for Denmark and the proper translation is: Michael is from Denmark.
  9. Ella comió una zanahoria.
    Each answer has correctly translated 'ella comió una' as 'she ate a'. The word zanahoria is Spanish for carrot. Therefore, the proper translation is: She ate a carrot.
  10. Madre ama la primavera.
    Each answer has correctly translated 'Madre ama' as 'Mother loves'. The word primavera is Spanish for spring which means that the correct translation is: Mother loves the spring.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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