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Vocabulary - All About People
In this quiz you'll learn some Spanish words to describe people.

Vocabulary - All About People

This Spanish Easy Review will challenge you on the vocabulary of people. In Spanish Easy Review your biggest task is to learn lots and lots of vocabulary words. After all, you have to know words first before you can start to speak a language. Counting numbers is a good way to begin to learn words but, unfortunately, we don’t just talk in numbers so that will only get you so far. So, before you can really start saying anything, even simple things, there are a series of quizzes that will help you with your vocabulary. Some quizzes here on this site will teach you colors, greetings, the days of the week, the months of the year, clothing, food, occupations and on and on.

This quiz is to introduce you to, or remind you of, people. There are all kinds of people so be on the lookout for other quizzes that will address people such as family members and occupations. For now, we will learn about people in general.

Before checking out the new vocabulary words below, remember that in Spanish words are either masculine or feminine. One of the easiest ways to remember this is that masculine words tend to end in an 'o' while feminine words tend to end in an 'a'. However, there are always exceptions to the rule and those will be pointed out as they come along. So for now, let’s learn all about people!

English Spanish Pronounced (Phonetically) As
Man hombre om-bray (the 'h' is silent) (notice it ends with 're' and not an 'o')
Woman mujer moo-hair (the 'j' has an 'h' sound) (notice the word ends in 'er' and not an 'a')
Boy chico chē-kō
Girl chica chē-kă
Child (male) niño knee-nnō (the 'n' has a tilde so more emphasis is given to the 'n' sound. It’s almost like a nasal sound)
Child (female) niña knee-nnă (again the 'n' has a tilde so give it more emphasis and a nasal sound)
Friend (male) amigo ă-mē-gō
Friend (female) amiga ă-mē-gă
Mister señor see-nnor (the 'n' has a tilde so give it more emphasis) (notice it ends in 'or')
Missus señora see-nnor-ă (the 'n' has a tilde so give it more emphasis)
Miss señorita see-nnor-ē-tă (the 'n' has a tilde so give it more emphasis)

You might already be familiar with some of these words such has hombre, amigo, señor, señora and señorita as they are spoken frequently, even in English. However, you probably were not familiar with how they were spelled. Learning these new people vocabulary words is important but it is not just important to learn how to say them but also how to write and spell them. Therefore, be sure to practice saying each one correctly and see if you can spell them without looking at them. This will be important when you move on to the quiz questions.

So, if you are ready then please begin the quiz!

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1.
'Felicia is my best FRIEND!' Which word below is Spanish for the capitalized word?
chico
amiga
chica
amigo
Felicia is a girl so that tells us we need to find a feminine word. This means that neither the first nor last answers are correct. Friend (female) in Spanish is amiga.
2.
'He is still a CHILD at heart.' Which word below is Spanish for the capitalized word?
chíco
niño
nino
chico
Since the word he is used we know the word will need to be masculine. In this case, each answer is masculine. The last answer chico is Spanish for boy, not child so it is not correct and the first answer has placed an accent mark above the 'i' in chico making it an incorrect word. The third answer has the correct word - sort of - but it is missing the tilde over the 'n'. If you remember your Spanish alphabet, ñ is one of the letters and we need to use this letter in our word. Therefore, the second answer niño is the correct word for a male child.
3.
'Did you see how tall that MAN was?' Which word below is Spanish for the capitalized word?
hombre
amigo
amiga
mujer
Since a man is a male we need to look for a male word. This tells us that both the third and last answers are not correct as they are female words. The second answer amigo means friend (male) and is not the answer we are looking for. However, the first answer hombre means man in Spanish.
4.
'MISS, can you help me find my seat?' Which word below is Spanish for the capitalized word?
senorita
señora
señorita
senor
We know that miss is feminine so we are looking for a female word. The last answer senor is a masculine word but it is also misspelled as the 'n' should have a tilde over it. It is, however, not the answer here. The second answer means missus so it, too, is not our answer. The first answer is the right word but the 'n' is missing the tilde so it is misspelled and, therefore, the wrong answer. On the other hand, the third answer has the correct word for miss and it is spelled correctly.
5.
'Stacy’s mother won the WOMAN of the Year award!' Which word below is Spanish for the capitalized word?
muher
amiga
niña
mujer
As Stacy’s mother is female we are looking for a female/feminine word. The first answer is a misspelled word so it is not the correct answer. The second answer means friend (female) so it too is not the correct answer. The third answer means a child (female) - again not correct. However, the last answer is the correct Spanish word for woman.
6.
'MISTER, do you have a quarter?' Which word below is Spanish for the capitalized word?
señor
señora
señorita
señore
Mister tells us we are looking for a male word, therefore, both the second and third answers can be eliminated as they are female/feminine words. The last answer is a misspelled word so it is not correct. The first answer, on the other hand, is the correct Spanish word for mister.
7.
'The BOY appeared to be lost.' Which word below is Spanish for the capitalized word?
chica
niño
niña
chico
As boy is male we are looking for a masculine word. This means that the first and third answers are not correct as they are both female/feminine words. The second answer is the Spanish word for child and it is not the answer we are looking for here. The last answer is the Spanish word for boy.
8.
'Matthew considered John to be his best FRIEND.' Which word below is Spanish for the capitalized word?
amega
emigo
amego
amigo
In order to find the correct answer here you need to know how to spell the Spanish word for friend. The first, second and third answers are each misspelled words so each is incorrect. The last answer is the correct Spanish word for friend and since John is male, it is also the correct form of the word for friend, i.e. masculine.
9.
'The new history teacher is MRS. Allen.' Which word below is Spanish for the capitalized word?
Señorita
Señora
Siñorita
Senñorita
Mrs. is the same as missus which refers to a married woman. Señorita is Spanish for Miss or an unmarried woman so the first answer is not correct. The third and last answers are both misspelled words so they are not correct. The second answer is the Spanish word for Mrs. and/or missus.
10.
Which Spanish word below is not a feminine word?
mujer
chica
hombre
amiga
The first, second and last answers are all feminine words as they are Spanish for woman, girl and friend respectively. However, the third answer is the Spanish word for man and it is a masculine word.
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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