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Vocabulary - Off to School
If you are learning Spanish at school, these words will be useful additions to your Spanish vocabulary.

Vocabulary - Off to School

There are many ways you can attend school. The most common way is to attend public school but there are also private schools that you can go to. A growing trend these days is to attend charter schools or even be homeschooled. Whichever school you attend, you will run across many of the same school items that are used in a classroom. Therefore, in this Spanish Medium Review quiz you will be taking a look at things found at school.

This quiz will contain a long list of new vocabulary words (although some of them you might already be familiar with). Do not get overwhelmed but, rather, take just a few words at a time and get comfortable with them. When you are ready, tackle the next few words and so on.

Once you have reviewed all of the new vocabulary words it will be time to jump in and begin taking the quiz. If you do not score well, do not fret. Just review the vocabulary words again and retake the quiz until you can get a good score. Now, let’s look at this hefty list of school vocabulary words.

SCHOOL FINDS

ENGLISH SPANISH
art arte [m]
bell campana [f]
book libro [m]
blackboard pizarra [f]
cafeteria cafetería [f]
chalk tiza [f]
classroom aula [m] (note that this is a masculine word that ends in an 'a')
crayon lápiz de color [m]
creativity creatividad [f]
eraser goma de borrar [f] (translates as 'rubber of delete')
geography geografía [f]
globe globo [m]
grade grado [m]
graduation graduación [f]
history historia [f]
homework tarea [f]
imagination imaginación [f]
language idioma [m] (note that this is a masculine word that ends in an 'a')
map mapa [m] (note that this is a masculine word that ends in an 'a')
math matemáticas [f]
notebook cuaderno [m]
paint pintura [f]
paper papel [m]
pen pluma [f]
playground patio de recreo [m]
principal director/directora [m/f]
quiz examen [m]
recess recreo [m]
ruler regla [f]
school escuela [f]
science ciencia [f]
student estudiante [m] (same word for male and female)
superintendent superintendente [m] (same word for male and female)
test prueba [f]
textbook libro de texto [m]

Did you notice that several of these words appear to look as though they should be feminine words but they are, in fact, masculine? These are among the list of words that do not follow the normal rule of gender words so they are words that you will have to memorize as being masculine.

Remember, for those words that are the same for both male and female, the only way to distinguish whether, let’s say a student, is male or female is by included either a definite or indefinite article in front of the word. For example, if the student is a female you could say 'la estudiante' or 'una estudiante'. If the student is a male, you could say 'el estudiante' or 'un estudiante'.

Now, if you are comfortable with all of these school words, then it is time to begin the quiz!

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1.
Which of the following is not a subject that is studied in school?
historia
globo
geografía
ciencia
The first answer is history. The third answer is geography and the last answer is science. Each of these are subjects that are studied in school. The second answer is globe. Although you can study a globe, it is not a school subject.
2.
This is when children get to go outside and play.
recreo
tarea
aula
pizarra
When children get to go outside and play it is known as recess. The word recess in Spanish is recreo.
3.
Which item below can you not use to write with?
tiza
lápiz de color
idioma
pluma
The first answer means chalk. The second answer means crayon and the last answer means pen. You can write with each of these items so they are not correct. The third answer is Spanish for language. You cannot use this to write with.
4.
Which of these items can you not read?
libro
globo
regla
patio de recreo
The first answer means book. The second answer means globe and the third answer means ruler. Each of these items can be read. The last answer means playground. Although you can read on the playground, you cannot read the playground.
5.
This is where you eat your lunch at school.
escuela
campana
cafetería
aula
In school you usually eat lunch in the cafeteria. The Spanish word for cafeteria is spelled the same except for the accent mark. The Spanish word for cafeteria is cafetería.
6.
The teacher uses chalk to write on this.
papel
pizarra
cuaderno
tarea
A teacher uses chalk to write on a blackboard. The Spanish word for blackboard is pizarra.
7.
This quiz is all about school. What is the Spanish word for QUIZ?
examen
examan
examén
exámen
The word shown in the second answer is misspelled as the word should end with 'en' and not 'an'. The third answer shows the accent mark over the second 'e'. This, too, is not correct. The last answer shows the word exámen with an accent mark above the 'a'. There is no accent mark above the 'a'. The Spanish word for quiz does not contain an accent mark over the 'a' when it is used in the singular form, i.e., this quiz. However, when this word is in the plural form, i.e., quizzes, then an accent mark appears in the Spanish word giving you 'examines'. The first answer shows the correct Spanish word for quiz in its singular form, i.e., examen.
8.
This is where you can keep track of all of your school assignments.
escuela
mapa
goma de borrar
cuaderno
In order to keep track of all of your school assignments you list them in a notebook. The Spanish word for notebook is cuaderno.
9.
You do not want to get a bad one of these on your report card.
campana
pintura
grado
tarea
When you are in school you never want to see a bad grade on your report card. The Spanish word for grade is grado.
10.
Some people have a great ____ when it comes to art.
patio de recreo
imaginación
libro de texto
idioma
The first answer means playground. That would not make sense in this sentence. The third answer means textbook. This could possibly fit into the sentence but it is highly unlikely. The last answer means language. You don’t need to have a great language when it comes to art so that, too is not correct. The second answer is Spanish for imagination and it fits perfectly into the sentence.
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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