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Apr 25th, 2012 at 12:29 GMT
nice quizz! i've learnt some new words in spanish.
May 1st, 2012 at 21:13 GMT
Nice selection of common and exotic animals. I've never seen 'Calubra' for snake, are you sure you don't mean 'culebra'? Also, I believe it should be 'la' jirafa, and ratón needs an accent.
May 1st, 2012 at 22:00 GMT
@slipkid, yikes! Thank you very much; I should have spent more time paying attention to what I was doing and less time reminiscing about Spanish class :)
May 2nd, 2012 at 00:34 GMT
@MovieGuru: de nada
May 2nd, 2012 at 22:34 GMT
Also, I think it's girafa not jirafa. But good choices on animals (:
May 2nd, 2012 at 22:50 GMT
The sites I've seen use 'jirafa.' Maybe both are correct ways?
May 3rd, 2012 at 00:51 GMT
^ No, the only correct spelling in Spanish is "jirafa". "Girafa" is Portuguese or Catalan.
May 3rd, 2012 at 04:35 GMT
I've never heard of la lechuza for owl. It's el bujo or el tecolote - in Mexican Spanish, anyway. Also, Mexicans say el chango for el mono.
May 14th, 2012 at 00:34 GMT
Just a quick correction. Owl = Buho. Barn Owl = Lechuza. They are different in Spanish.
May 24th, 2012 at 18:55 GMT
I've taken seven years of Spanish and I've never in my life seen "la culebra" used for snake. I've only ever seen "la serpiente."
Jun 3rd, 2012 at 01:05 GMT
@Sweeney0Todd: "la culebra" is a more popular name, "la serpiente" is a little more technical. There's even a third synonym, "la víbora" (cognate with the English "viper"). And there are even superstitious people who (thinking that mentioning that kind of animal would bring bad luck) refer to it generically as "el reptil".
Jun 8th, 2012 at 07:14 GMT
I've only ever heard vibora for snake. I remember in kindergarten we had to sing a song about a sea snake.
Jun 10th, 2012 at 18:11 GMT
The 'u' in buho is supposed to have an accent.
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Oct 14th, 2012 at 15:55 GMT
way too much time!
Oct 14th, 2012 at 17:35 GMT
Is the first time I see Guepardo for Cheeta (at least in Argentina, we call it chita/leopardo). Culebra is not the most popular name for snake (serpiente and víbora are used commonly)
Oct 14th, 2012 at 17:44 GMT
I only know how to speak English, but knowing some French (Seal), Portuguese (Goat) and Latin (Sheep) sure did help.
Oct 14th, 2012 at 19:48 GMT
@marceloOrigoni: It may seem ridiculous that an Argentinian communicates with another in English, but those are the rules of politeness in Internet. The leopard (Spanish: leopardo) and the cheetah (Spanish: guepardo) are very similar (if I see a photo I can't tell one from the other), but they are different species. Precisely to avoid such confusions it's why the scientific names in Latin were invented.
Oct 14th, 2012 at 20:36 GMT
I've always called a bird "el pajaro".
Oct 14th, 2012 at 21:10 GMT
The problem is that vocabulary words differ between Spain and Latin America. The word for deer in the Western Hemisphere is "venado" - I've never heard of "ciervo." (I've visited zoos in Guatemala and Chile and venado is definitely the word used for deer in those places.) @marceloOrigoni: Culebra IS the popular word for snake in Mexico and Puerto Rico. In fact, there is an island called 'Isla de Culebra' off the coast of Puerto Rico.
Oct 14th, 2012 at 22:33 GMT
Great. I'm taking this quiz instead of studying for my French test.
Oct 14th, 2012 at 22:54 GMT
@singin185: there is a little semantic difference. "El pájaro" is usually a small bird like a sparrow (in fact, the word pájaro comes from Latin passer [sparrow]), but normally you don't say that a large bird like an eagle is "un pájaro" but "un ave" (and more precisely "un ave de rapiña", a bird of prey). In short, all pájaros are aves but not all aves are pájaros. (The word ave is feminine but you must say "el ave" and not "la ave" to avoid the encounter of the two a's, like in English "an apple" instead of "a apple").
Oct 14th, 2012 at 23:50 GMT
@mcole629 (archived comments) says, "The 'u' in buho is supposed to have an accent." --- it sometimes does and sometimes doesn't. seen it both ways in texts. the rule is that words ending in a vowel have the stress naturally falling on the penultimate syllable. given that there IS an 'h' in the word, then, the 'u' is the penultimate syllable. however, since the 'h' is silent in spanish, some people put the accent on the 'u' in order to break the 'uo' diphthong'.
Oct 15th, 2012 at 00:29 GMT
Very enjoyable quiz, even though my French is much better than my Spanish. I recognized "foca" from the French "phoque," which is pronounced pretty much the way you think it is.
Oct 15th, 2012 at 01:03 GMT
Just for my edification: What's the difference between cerdo and puerco? Also, what's the difference between serpiente and culebra?
Oct 15th, 2012 at 01:35 GMT
@AHK: the only spelling accepted by the Real Academia Española is búho, so if you've seen it without the accent it's technically incorrect. @WCRoentgen: the difference between cerdo and puerco is only of usage or style; the animal is the same (like pig and swine in English). There are still some additional popular synonyms: chancho, cochino and marrano. The same happens with serpiente and culebra (and a third synonym, víbora): all refer to the same taxonomical category (order? class?) that I suppose is Ophidia in Latin; as some comments pointed, culebra or víbora are the most common words depending on the country (serpiente is a bit more technical, like serpent in English instead of snake).
Oct 15th, 2012 at 10:02 GMT
Cebra? That's not right. In Spanish zebra is zebra. Ugh.
Oct 15th, 2012 at 10:05 GMT
@wcroentgen ...puerco is pork,cerdo is pig. Serpiente is serpent and culebra is snake. In Spain,serpiente is commonly used.
Oct 17th, 2012 at 23:31 GMT
@plixgirl: no, you're wrong, zebra has technically fallen into disuse nowadays, the correct word is cebra.
Feb 10th, 2013 at 11:42 GMT
In Mexico we use the words "víbora", "serpiente" and "culebra" for snake, some regions use more one word than the other. I heard that we also tend to use different synonyms for different kind of snakes, for example a lake snake is usually called "culebra" and a sea snake is usually called "serpiente marina". We also use "Borrego" for sheep aswel as "Oveja". For monkey we use the words "Chango" or "Mono" As someone already posted Cheeta can be "Chita" or "Guepardo" But the words in Spanish and the use of synonyms varies a lot from country to country and in large countries like mine from region to region, specially for fruits, vegetables and clothing.
May 13th, 2013 at 20:56 GMT
thanks for making a simpler "pick the correct" quiz. I was about to give up on them, as picking items out of a big group of book titles or people's names in unexpected alpha order really taxes my brain. @arva1: I'm not a native speaker of Spanish by any means, but I'd translate borrego as ram. Now my mouth is watering thinking about birria de borrego and freshly hand-made corn tortillas. Don't forget "tecolote" as a third alternative for "owl." Love those Náhuatl loan-words!
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