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Vocabulary - Modes of Transportation
Can you say 'hot air balloon' when speaking Spanish?

Vocabulary - Modes of Transportation

Are you looking forward to being able to drive or, if you already drive, is there a type of vehicle that you would love to learn how to drive? Driving is one privilege that just about everyone will get a chance to do at one time or another during their life. It is important to remember, however, that it is a privilege so you need to take that privilege seriously. With that in mind, this Spanish Medium Review quiz will be taking a look at various modes of transportation and items associated with those modes.

Being able to drive can be quite fun and it is, in many instances, an absolute necessity. There are many factors related to driving that everyone should also know such as how to put gas into the vehicle’s tank or when to have the vehicle serviced for an oil change or for safety issues.

If you are in a foreign country and you need transportation assistance, it would be a very helpful ability to be able to communicate your transportation needs in that language. Specifically speaking here, we are naturally referring to being able to communicate in Spanish.

In the Spanish Easy Review quiz series you learned about a few different modes of transportation such as coche for car and camión for truck. Now in this Spanish Medium Review series it is time to learn a few other modes of transportation, as well as other factors that involve a vehicle’s needs and maintenance issues. Then there is that little thing called a ticket. That can be a good thing – like a ticket to board an airplane – or a bad thing - like getting a speeding ticket. You want to avoid the latter of those. So to help you on your journey to being able to communicate transportation modes, let’s look at the following new Spanish vocabulary list.

IT’S ABOUT TRANSPORTATION

ENGLISH SPANISH
antifreeze anticongelante [m]
axle eje [m]
brake freno [m]
bumper / fender defensa [f]
coach carroza [f]
filter filtro [m]
gasoline gasolina [f]
hearse coche fúnebre [m]
hood / bonnet capota [f]
hot air balloon globo de aire caliente [m]
jet jet [m] (note that the J sounds like an H)
key llave [f]
limousine limusina [f]
oil aceite [m]
passport pasaporte [m]
radiator radiador [m]
rocket cohete [m]
spaceship nave especial [f]
stagecoach diligencia [f]
tank tanque [m]
taxi / cab taxi [m]
ticket billete [m]
tire neumático [m]
trunk maletero [m]
windshield parabrisas [m]
yacht yate [m]

A few of these words can be a little tricky so take as much time as you need to really study each Spanish word, its spelling and how the word should be pronounced. When you start to feel really comfortable with the words, move on to the quiz section. There are ten sentences, some in English and some in Spanish. Each sentence has a word that has been shown in all capitalized letters. From the answers provided, locate the correct Spanish translation of the capitalized mode of transportation.

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1.
Mr. Franklin is teaching his son how to change the BRAKES on his car.
aceites
llaves
cohetes
frenos
The Spanish word for brakes is frenos.
2.
Agnes was surprised when her date arrived in an old fashioned COACH.
coche
cohete
diligencia
carroza
The Spanish word for coach is carroza.
3.
Felipe cambia el ACEITE en su camión cada mes.
oil
tire
filter
antifreeze
The sentence reads: Phillip changes the oil in his truck every month. The capitalized Spanish word of aceite means oil.
4.
Diane encontró otro chip en su PARABRISAS.
hood
windshield
axle
bumper
The sentence reads: Diane found another chip in her windshield. The capitalized Spanish word of parabrisas means windshield.
5.
David had to put more air into the front passenger TIRE.
anticongelante
neumático
nave espacial
eje
The Spanish word for tire is neumático.
6.
Nancy’s father pulled over so that the HEARSE could pass by.
tanque
globo de aire caliente
coche fúnebre
cohete
The Spanish words for hearse are coche fúnebre.
7.
Amanda looked everywhere she could think of but she still could not find her KEYS.
llaves
billetes
capotas
maletros
The Spanish word for keys is llaves.
8.
Abuelo aprendió a volar un GLOBO DE AIRE CALIENTE.
airplane
spaceship
hot air balloon
limousine
The sentence reads: Grandfather learned to fly a hot air balloon. The capitalized Spanish words mean hot air balloon.
9.
Madre compró un BILLETE para volar a Florida.
antifreeze
ticket
axle
bonnet
The sentence reads: Mother bought a ticket to fly to Florida. The capitalized Spanish word of billete means ticket. (This is the good kind!)
10.
Stanley got a ROCKET for one of his birthday gifts!
freno
maletero
diligencia
cohete
The Spanish word for rocket is cohete.
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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