Vocabulary Activities

Profesor en Alcorcón

Intermediate Crossword 5

Listen to the vocabulary, pronounce the words, memorize the list. Then, write the translation in English for the clue in Spanish. Then press "Check" to check your answers.
(Find a test of this vocabulary by clicking on the word "cloze" above.

Escucha al vocabulario, pronuncia las palabras, memoriza. Luego, escribe la traducción en inglés para la pista en español. Haz click en el botón "Check", que aparece en la parte inferior de la página, para comprobar tus aciertos.
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user – (usuario) somebody who uses a product, machine or service. Sometimes drug users and computer users aren’t very different from each other.
shutting – (cerrando) of shops, restaurants, etc. that are closing. Competition from Amazon is shutting a lot of stores (tiendas) on my street.
catch – (alcanzar, capturar) to find and stop a person or animal which is trying to escape. He tried to catch the dog, but it escaped.
cotton – (algodón) a light and comfortable textile (textil) material for making clothes. I prefer natural cotton and wool (lana) to most synthetic (sintético) materials.
tan – (bronceado) darker skin from being in the sun. She came back (regresó) from the beach (playa) with a tan.
mittens – (manoplas) a type of glove (guante) with no separate parts for the fingers (dedos). Sometimes the weather gets so cold that gloves (guantes) just aren’t enough (no bastan) and you have to wear mittens.
sentence – (oración, condena, sentencia) a punishment (castigo) that a judge (juez) gives to criminals who are convicted (condenados). The judge sentenced the thief (ladrón) to 6 months in county jail (carcel del condado).
satin – (satén) a smooth (suave) and shiny (reluciente) cloth (tela) made of a weave (entrelazado) of synthetic (sintético) and natural materials. The
fabric (tela) satin is amazingly (sorprendentemente) smooth to the touch (tacto) but is very delicate (delicado) and more expensive than other cloths.
sitting – (sentado) placed (colocado) on a chair, for example. I was just sitting on a stool (taburete) having a beer when she gave me the good news.
brighten – (iluminar, alegrar, dar brillo) to make lighter and more colorful. The walls were painted pistachio green, which really brightened the room.
bitten – (mordido, picado) to cut something with your teeth (past participle). She went for a walk in the neighborhood (vecindario) and was bitten by a dog.
button – (botón) a switch for controlling a machine or device (aparato). He pressed (presionó) the button on the device to listen to music.
dust – (polvo, limpiar) a fine (fino) powder (polvo) that makes everything dirty. The furniture (muebles) in the room was covered (cubierto) with dust when we returned from our vacation.
written – (escrito) to create a book, story, etc. (past participle) He has written several (varios) science fiction books, but hasn’t published them yet (pero aún no los ha publicado).
important – (importante) having a lot of power. She was a very important person in the company.
kitten - (gatito) a young cat. Kittens, of course, are much funner than cats.
gotten – (obtenido, conseguido) past participle of get. My nephew (sobrino) has gotten lots of board games (juegos de mesa) during (durante) the last year.
getting – (obteniendo, consiguiendo, llegando) obtaining or arriving. A: Robert, you’re late to the meeting. Where are you? B: Sorry, I’m just now getting to the office. There was a traffic jam (atasco).
rotten – (podrido) old and bad. This apple is rotten. Throw it away! (tiralo a la basura)
torn – (rasgado, roto) to pull paper or cloth into pieces. The tent (tienda de campaña) was torn in several places and was no longer (no más) waterproof (impermeable – a prueba de agua)
nightly – (cada noche) happening every evening or night. I like to watch a nightly news show (programa) hosted (presentado) by a trustworthy (de confianza) news anchor (presentador).
lit – (iluminado, encendido) to give light to (past participle). The room was lit with just one bulb (bombilla).
younger – (más joven) more young. Mary is younger than Harry.
bulb – (bombilla) a glass object that produces light. Nowadays, light bulbs cost 10 times as much (10 veces más) as when I was a kid (chaval).
rug – (alfombra) an object used to cover part of a floor. Rugs are nice for your feet but are not good for people with allergies (alergias) because of the dust (polvo).
curtain – (cortina) an object of material for covering windows. I have allergies so I prefer blinds (estores) and shutters (persianas) to curtains.
fountain – (fuente) a decorative (decorative) structure for shooting (disparar) water into the air. The Trevi fountain of Rome is more famous than either Cibeles or Neptuno in Madrid.
flow – (fluir, corriente) of liquid that moves in a smooth, continuous way. The river flowed quietly through the forgotten (olvidado) valley in the mountains (montañas).
bib – (babero) a cloth or plastic cover for protecting children’s shirts at meal (comida) times. I put the bib on my daughter and fed (dar de comer) her a little jar (tarro) of baby food.
Britain – (Gran Bretaña) England, Scotland and Wales. I hope (espero) Britain delays (retrasar) Brexit and decides to hold (celebrar) a new referendum.
forgotten – (olvidado) past participle of forget, or to not remember. “Forgiven (perdonado) but not Forgotten” is a song by the Corrs about a man who either committed suicide or is dead to her.
tighten – (apretado, tensado) to make more firm and difficult to move. The rotten (terrible) kidnapper (secuestrador) tightened the knots (nudos).
eaten – (comido) past participle of eat. She has eaten all the cookies (galletas).
museum – (museo) a building where you can look at important art, sculpture or historical objects. In Madrid, I absolutely love the Naval Museum, which is definitely (indudablemente) underappreciated (subvalorado).
cutting – (cortando, cortante) to use a knife (cuchillo), etc. to divide an object into smaller pieces, or to make holes in it. He’s cutting the meat into chunks (pedazos) for the stew (estofado).
gonna - going to (escrito como se pronuncia) informal abbreviation of “going to.” If I ever win the lottery, I’m gonna buy a mansion in the Canary Islands and a Shelby Mustang.
Latin – (latín) the dead language of the Romans. I still (todavía) don’t understand the usefulness (utilidad) of learning Latin in the schools.
frighten – (asustar) to scare or make afraid. The bank robbers frightened the bank’s customers (clients).
far – (lejos, distante) the distance of some place. How far is it to the next gas station?
news – (noticias) new information on television, radio or newspapers. I recently read a news report, titled “Insect Apocalypse,” that frightened me to death (asustadisimo). Seriously (en serio), look it up! (buscalo)
certain – (cierto, seguro, definitivo) definite, without doubt (duda), sure (seguro). I’m certain that you’ll pass the exam because you’ve studied a lot.
threaten – (amenazar) to tell somebody that you will do something bad to them if they don’t do what you tell them to do. The kidnapper (secuestrador) threatened to cut off the child’s finger (dedo) in the letter he had written (escrito).
eel – (anguila) a long fish that looks like a snake (serpiente). An electric eel can shock (descarga) you for long enough (tiempo suficiente) for you to drown (ahogar).
mountain – (montaña) a very high hill (colina). I have mountains of work to do every day.
gluten – (gluten) a protein in wheat (trigo). Some people develop (desarrollan) an intolerance (intolerancia) to gluten at some point in their lives.
suburb – (barrio residencial) a NICE residential area of houses where people live on the outskirts (las afueras) of a city. People like to live in the suburbs, but not in ghettos (guetos).
pick – (recoger, escoger) to choose somebody or something. Every Spring I see people picking flowers (flores) in public areas. Yes, they’re stealing (robando) flowers.
so – (así que, por lo que) used at the start of a sentence to connect it with something that was said or happened before. I was having problems seeing words on a page, so I went to the optometrist (optometrista).
fan – (ventilador) a machine or thing used to move the air. I can’t survive without my ceiling (techo) fan in the summer (verano).
who – (quién, que) used to give more information about somebody. My father-in-law (suegro), who is an architect, is helping me with the designs (diseños) for my new cabin (cabaña).
match – (hacer pareja, cerilla) to be the same colour or type. I can’t find two socks that match. They’re all different.
Council – (ayuntamiento) a group of people who are chosen to control a town or city. The town council has voted to raise (subir) taxes (impuestos).
suffer – (sufrir) to have pain, sadness (tristeza), worry (preocupación) or an illness. The hostages (rehénes) suffered a lot while (mientras) they were held (secuestrado) by the robbers (ladrones).
neck – (besuquearse, cuello) to kiss, hug (abrazar), and caress passionately (acariciar apasionadamente). They necked on the beach as the sun set (mientras se puso el sol).
shrug – (encogimiento de hombros) to move your shoulders (hombros) up and down. A shrug is a recognition (reconocimiento) of powerlessness (impotencia), ignorance (ignorancia) or indifference (indifirencia).
fence – (valla) a structure that surrounds (rodea) an area. We built a fence around our yard (jardín, recinto, patio) to keep the dog in.
air – (airear, ventilar) to expose to the air to dry or make more fresh. She opened the window to air the room, which was a bit stuffy (mal ventilado).
you – (se) people generally. Wisdom (sabiduría) is what you learn as you get older (mientras te haces mayor).
bacon – (beicon, tocino, panceta) meat from a pig that has been salted (salado), smoked (ahumado) and cut into long, thin slices (rodaja). Bacon is one of the best foods around (por aquí), but certainly (por supuesto, sin duda) one of the least healthy (menos saludables) as well (también).
idiot – (idiota) Trump. The guy (tío, persona) is either an idiot or he’s got dementia (demencia).
begun – (empezó) to start to do something (past participle). If you are reading this, you have obviously (obviamente) already (ya) begun to improve your English.


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