So here’a a challenge you should be able to meet. I take Spanish and let me tell you, it can get HARD!! I mean, I don’t know how Mexicans and Spanish people (and all the people in all those Latino countries) even learn it. They must be geniuses! There are all these rules and stuff and they usually don’t say anything the way we do.
BUT, there are a bunch of Spanish words that DO sound almost like they do in English. Those are the ones our teacher — Señorita Mills — taught us first. I think she was trying to get us all confident like Spanish was going to be cinchy, ya’ know. Then she wiped us out with the other 100,00 words or so. (Well, not all at once. We still about 99,800 to go.)
Here’s what I’m talking about:
In Spanish they have a word superior. It’s pronounced (kind of) soo-peh-ree-OR. And it means — get ready for this — superior in English.
Hey, how easy is that??
So here’s a few more. (I’ll always give the Spanish word first.)
absurdo means absurd.
barbero means barber.
cámera means camera.
fabuloso means fabulous.
famoso means famous.
So, are all you dudes out there ready for a simple Spanish vocabulary test? I’ll give you the Spanish word and you pick the right answer. But I’ve put in a few tricky ones so don’t go thinking all of these are pieces of cake, okay? (And when you’re through, go to the bottom of the post to see how you did? I DON’T think most of you will get a 100. But some of you might. If you do, you’re way smarter than I was.)
A SIMPLE SPANISH VOCABULARY TEST
Directions: Look at the Spanish word AT THE LEFT. Pick the word you think it means in English — A, B, C, or D. If you’re really honest, you might write down your answers, so you can’t pretend you never gave that answer. (You know what I’m talking about!) The real answers are at the very bottom. If you feel like it, write me and tell me how you did.)
1. natural a) nasty b) needy c) natural d) knot
2. secreto a) secret b) sexy c) scrub d) see
3. desnudo a) decent b) dangerous c) nuthead d) naked
4. gracioso a) thank you b) gracious c) funny d) grody
5. embarazada a) pregnant b) embarrassed c) barricade d) foolish
6. arena a) sand b) stadium c)rain d) elephant
7. bombero a) bony b) a terrorist c) a fireman d) a swimmer
8. éxito a) exist b) exit c) a beanbag d) success
9. correcto a) corny b) correct c) corridor d) technical
10. la ropa a) to rap b) clothing c) the rope d) the champion
Now do you want to see how you did? To see how much talent you really have in Spanish? Well, click here to go to the Answer Page.
Then you can come back and see why you did so wonderfully (or not).
And thanks for taking my Spanish Quiz. It’s a lot easier giving them than taking them!
See you soon,
but not in my Spanish class
’cause I’m always hiding in the last row,
Your Dude con la actitud,
El Doctor Crankenfuss