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Music - Over the River and Through the Woods
'The horse knows the way' but do you know how to say these words in Spanish?

Music - Over the River and Through the Woods

This Spanish Difficult Review quiz will take a look at music, specifically, the song of Over the River and Through the Woods! Some of you may be familiar with this song and others may not be. It is a song that is often sung around Thanksgiving time in the United States. It was originally a poem written by Lydia Maria Child in 1844. The original song/poem about a journey through the woods to visit grandparents for the Thanksgiving holiday contained twelve verses. However, over the decades three of those verses became the most recognizable. This music quiz will focus on the three most famous verses.

Just as you have been doing with the other Spanish Difficult Review music quizzes, you will be translating separate phrases of the song from English into Spanish. You might see some unfamiliar words but you will know enough of the words contained in the sentences in order to be able to locate the correct translations.

Are you feeling set and ready to go? Then let’s begin the journey of going over the river and through the woods!

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1.
Over the river, and through the woods…
Sobre el río y a través de los árboles…
Sobre el río ya través de los patios…
Sobre el río y a través de los bosques…
Sobre el río y a través de las semanas…
The Spanish word(s) for 'through' are 'a través de' and each answer has translated this correctly. The first answer reads: Over the river and through the trees… The second answer reads: Over the river and through the yards… The last answer reads: Over the river and through the weeks… Neither of these are correct. The third answer, on the other hand, reads: Over the river and through the woods… Note that bosques means woods and/or forests.
2.
…to grandmother’s house we go.
…a la casa de abuela vamos.
…a la casa de abuela volamos.
…a la casa de abuela vemos.
…a la casa de abuela creemos.
The second answer reads: …to grandmother’s house we fly. The third answer reads: …to grandmother’s house we see. The last answer reads: …to grandmother’s house we believe. Neither of these is correct. The first answer, on the other than, reads: …to grandmother’s house we go.
3.
The horse knows the way…
La vaca sabe la manera…
El tiburón sabe la manera…
El alcalde sabe la manera…
El caballo sabe la manera…
The first answer reads: The cow knows the way… The second answer reads: The shark knows the way… The third answer reads: The mayor knows the way. Finally, the last answer reads: The horse knows the way.
4.
to carry the sleigh…
empujar el trineo…
llevar el trineo…
lavar el trineo…
encontrar el trineo…
The first answer reads: to push the sleigh… The third answer reads: to wash the sleigh… The last answer reads: to find the sleigh… Neither of these is correct. The second answer, on the other hand, reads: to carry the sleigh…
5.
through the white and drifted snow.
a través del blanco y la deriva de la nieve.
a través del blanco y la deriva de la lluvia.
a través del blanco y la deriva de la niebla.
a través del blanco y la deriva del arco iris.
The second answer reads: through the white and drifted rain. The third answer reads: through the white and drifted fog. The last answer reads: through the white and drifted rainbow. Neither of these is correct. However, the first answer reads: through the white and drifted snow.
6.
It stings the toes and bites the nose…
Pica los dedos de los pies y se muerde la boca...
Pica los dedos de los pies y se muerde el brazo...
Pica los dedos de los pies y se muerde la nariz...
Pica los dedos de los pies y se muerde la oreja...
The first answer reads: It stings the toes and bites the mouth... The second answer reads: It stings the toes and bites the arm… The last answer reads: It stings the toes and bites the ear. Neither of these is correct. The third answer, on the other hand, reads: It stings the toes and bites the nose…
7.
…how the wind does blow!
…cómo el viento lo sabe!
…cómo el viento lo cultiva!
…cómo el viento hace paradas!
…cómo el viento hace golpe!
The first answer reads: …how the wind knows! The second answer reads: …how the wind grows! The third answer reads: …how the wind does stop! Finally, the last answer reads: …how the wind does blow!
8.
Is the pudding done?
¿Está el pudín buena?
¿Está el pudín hecho?
¿Está el pudín dulce?
¿Está el pudín melocotón?
The first answer reads: Is the pudding good? The third answer reads: Is the pudding sweet? The last answer reads: Is the pudding peach? Neither of these is correct. The second answer reads: Is the pudding done?
9.
Hurray for pumpkin pie!
¡Hurra para el pastel de espinacas!
¡Hurra para el pastel de arándanos!
¡Hurra para el pastel de calabaza!
¡Hurra para el pastel de cebolla!
The first answer reads: Hurray for spinach pie! The second answer reads: Hurray for blueberry pie! The last answer reads: Hurray for onion pie! Finally, the third answer reads: Hurray for pumpkin pie!
10.
Hurray for Thanksgiving Day!
¡Hurra para el día de Trabajo!
¡Hurra para el día de Madre!
¡Hurra para el día del Abuelo!
¡Hurra para el día de Acción de Gracias!
The first answer reads: Hurray for Labor Day! The second answer reads: Hurray for Mother’s Day! The last answer reads: Hurray for Grandparent’s Day! Finally, the last answer reads: Hurray for Thanksgiving Day!
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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