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Writing - English to Spanish (1)
I cut the cake. Can you translate this sentence into Spanish?

Writing - English to Spanish (1)

With this quiz you will be happy to learn that you are getting very close to the end of the Spanish Easy Review academic quizzes. As you are getting near to the end, this writing Spanish Easy Review quiz will have you practicing how to translate and write from English to Spanish.

In order to be able to translate and write in Spanish, you had to learn an awful lot of different things about Spanish. Some of those things included learning about and understanding the Spanish definite and indefinite articles, pronouns, adjectives, simple sentence structure, verbs and conjugating them in the present tense, how to make words plural, how to count and even how to do math in Spanish. You have come a long, long way!

In order to help you grasp this new language a little bit better, there is also a series of 50 picture reviews within this Spanish Easy Review series. The picture review quizzes have been created to jog your memory through actually seeing the many new vocabulary words that you have been introduced to. However, before moving to the picture review quizzes, you need to start to learn how to write in Spanish.

Writing is a great way to stimulate the mind. It makes you focus on what you are doing. You can read lessons on Spanish and you can take these quizzes, but until you start writing, Spanish will always remain difficult. You must train the brain to think in Spanish. Writing and associating things with their Spanish name is the best and fastest way to really learn and then become fluent in another language.

In this quiz and its sister quiz, i.e., Writing: English to Spanish (2), you will be given a series of ten sentences that are written in English. Your quiz task is to look at the English given sentence and then write down the Spanish translation. Once you have written it down, see if one of the four answers matches what you wrote. If not, find the correct translation and then write the correct translation down. If your translation matches up to the correct answer, then move on to the next sentence.

You need to be honest with yourself in doing this task. The sentences are short so it shouldn’t take you too long. You do need to be careful with spelling and punctuations marks, gender and singular or plural. So, if you are ready, then begin the quiz with pen and paper in hand!

Father loves mother.
Padré ama madre.
Padre ama madre.
Papa ama madre.
Papá ama mamá.
The Spanish word for father is padre. It does not have an accent mark so the first answer is not correct. The word papá in Spanish means daddy and mamá means mommy. Although they refer to the same people as the given sentence, they are not the correct translations for father and mother. Therefore, the last answer is not correct. Notice, however, that papá has an accent mark. The third answer does not show an accent mark. Papa, without an accent mark, is Spanish for potato. The third answer is clearly not translated correctly. The second answer does translate as: Father loves mother.
Joseph sits on the chair.
José sienta en el sillo.
Juan sienta en la silla.
José sienta en la silla.
Juan sienta en el sillo.
The Spanish name for Joseph is José. This means that the second and last answers can be eliminated. The Spanish word for chair is silla. It is a feminine word. The first answer, as well as the last answer, show this as a masculine word. Both answers have translated this incorrectly. The third answer correctly translates as: Joseph sites on the chair.
Natalie prays at night.
Natalie ora noche.
Natalie ora en noche.
Natalie ora nueve.
Natalie ora de noche.
The first answer translates as, Natalie prays night. It is not a proper translation. Although you have not had this name yet, Natalie in Spanish is Natalia. The second answer translates as: Natalie pray in the night. That is not the correct translation of the given sentence. The third answer translates as: Natalie prays nine. That one doesn't even make any sense as it is shown. The last answer, on the other hand, does translate as: Natalie prays at night. If you have not already learned this, in this situation, 'de noche' means 'at night' or 'of night' rather than 'a noche'.
Grandfather is a lion.
Abuela es un león.
Abuelo es una león.
Abuelo es un leon.
Abuelo es un león.
The first answer translates as: Grandmother is a lion. That is not the correct translation of the given sentence. The Spanish word for lion is león. Notice that it has an accent mark. The third answer does not have an accent mark so it is not a correct translation. Lion is also a masculine word and the indefinite article of 'a' must show this. The second answer shows the indefinite article as being feminine so it is not the correct translation. The last answer does translate as: Grandfather is a lion.
Donald steals money.
Donald roba dinero.
Donald robas dinero.
Donald roban dinero.
Donald roba dinéro.
The name Donald remains the same in both English and Spanish. The Spanish word for money is dinero. It does not contain any accent marks. The last answer shows it with an accent mark so it is not the correct translation. The second answer translates as: Donald you steal. The third answer translates as: Donald they steal. Both are incorrect translations. The first answer translates as: Donald steals money.
He describes Earth.
Él describe la Tierra.
Él describe la tierra.
Él describe de tierra.
Él describe lo tierra.
The third answer translates as: He describes of earth. That is not the proper translation. The last answer translates as: He describes it earth. Again, that is not the proper translation. The first and second answers can be a little tricky. Notice that in the given sentence, Earth is capitalized. That is because it is referring to the planet Earth. The Spanish word for Earth is Tierra. When Tierra is spelled with a small 't', as in tierra, the word still means earth but it means the ground or the soil. Therefore, the second answer translates as: He describes the earth (ground). The first answer, on the other hand, translates as: He describes Earth (as a planet). Also please note that when referring to the planet in Spanish, you will generally see the definite article come before it as shown in the first answer.
They fight.
Ellos combaten.
Ellos combatan.
Ellos lo combaten.
Ellos lo combatan.
The Spanish word for they is ellos and since you do not know if they refers to all boys, all girls or a mixture, you always use the masculine form of the pronoun. This has been translated correctly in each answer. The word lo means it. It does not appear in the given sentence. It does not say: They fight it. The third and last answers can, therefore, be eliminated. The verb is to fight. In Spanish that is combatir. It is an ir verb. The plural form of this ir verb is combaten.
We live in Texas.
Vestimos en Texas.
Vivimos en Texas.
Abrimos en Texas.
Limpiamos en Texas.
The words 'in Texas' have been translated correctly in each answer. The only thing to determine is the correct verb for we live. The first answer translates as: We dress in Texas. The third answer translates as: We open in Texas. The last answer translates as: We clean in Texas. The second answer translates as: We live in Texas.
They swim in the water. (They means all girls.)
Ellos nadan en el agua.
Ellas nadan en la agua.
Ellas nadan en el agua.
Ellos nadan en la agua.
Here you were given a hint that they referred to all girls. The Spanish pronoun for they when it is all girls is ellas. This means that the first and last answers can be eliminated because they show the masculine form of they. The Spanish word for water is agua and this has been translated correctly in each answer. However, agua, even though it ends with the letter 'a', is a masculine word. Therefore, the water should be written and spoken as el agua. The second answer shows la agua which is not a correct translation. The third answer shows the correct translation of the given sentence.
I cut the cake.
Corto en tarta.
Corto el tarta.
Corto lo tarta.
Corto la tarta.
The Spanish word for I cut is corto. That has been translated correctly in each sentence. The word for cake in Spanish is tarta. That too has been translated correctly. Tarta is a feminine word which means that the second answer can be eliminated as it is using the masculine definite article. The first answer has the word en which means in. That is not part of the given sentence so it is not a correct translation. The third answer has the word lo which means it. Again, this answer does not show the correct translation. I cut the cake would be said as: Corto la tarta.
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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