Classroom Vocabulary in Spanish

The classroom is one of the most important environments there is, and if you want to learn Spanish for real chances are you’ll be spending quite a lot of time there! At AIL Malaga we know the basics can often get overlooked when learning Spanish – so we’ve made the definitive list of the absolute essentials you’ll need to thrive in the Spanish […]

The classroom is one of the most important environments there is, and if you want to learn Spanish for real chances are you’ll be spending quite a lot of time there!

At AIL Malaga we know the basics can often get overlooked when learning Spanish – so we’ve made the definitive list of the absolute essentials you’ll need to thrive in the Spanish classroom! What could be a better starting point than knowing what is around you as you learn, and how to communicate with your teacher and fellow students?

 

The classroom – El aula (1)
When you walk into the classroom, these objects are the first things you’ll see! Do you know how to say them in Spanish?

Teacher – El profesor/La profesora
The students – Los alumnos
Table – La mesa
Chair – La silla
Chalkboard/Blackboard – La pizarra de tiza
Whiteboard – La pizarra blanca
Posters – Los carteles
Clock – El reloj
Door – La puerta
Window – La ventana
Shelf – La estantería

(Want to know more vocabulary about rooms or furniture? Take a look at our Spanish vocabulary for the house!)

 

The classroom – El aula (2)
You wouldn’t be able to do your work without these essential objects! Make sure you know what you’re using and your Spanish will soon be top of the class ????

Paper – El papel
Pencil – El lápiz
Pen – El bolígrafo
Ruler – La regla
Pencil sharpener – El sacapuntas
Eraser – El borrador
Rubber – La goma de borrar
Scissors – Las tijeras
Calculator – La calculadora
Dictionary – El diccionario

 

Schoolwork – Trabajo en clase
You’re in the classroom to learn – so let’s learn how to talk about your schoolwork in Spanish!

Notebook – El cuaderno
Book – El libro
I’ve forgotten my notebook – He olvidado mi cuaderno
What page is it on? – ¿En qué página es?
What was the homework? – ¿Cuál era la tarea?
Completa las frases – Complete the sentences
Test/exam – El examen
I’ve finished! – ¡He terminado!
To work in groups – Trabajar en grupos

 

Asking questions – Preguntar
Perhaps you’re stuck and need help with your work, or maybe you’d like to make a simple request – your teacher can help you better if you know what to ask!

How do you say … in Spanish? – ¿Cómo se dice … en español?
How do you write that? – ¿Cómo se escribe?
What do we have to do? – ¿Qué hay que hacer?
Can I read the exercise? – ¿Puedo leer el ejercicio?
What day is it? – ¿Qué día es?
Can I open the window? – ¿Puedo abrir la ventana?
Can you shut the door? – Puedes cerrar la puerta?
May I come in? – Puedo entrar?
May I leave? – ¿Puedo salir?
May I go to the bathroom? – ¿Puedo ir al baño?
May I go and get my book? – ¿Puedo ir a por mi libro?

 

 

Understanding better – Entender mejor

Sometimes, you might not get what the teacher says straight away. Well, that’s normal, as Spanish people typically speak fast and you’re still learning Spanish ;). Don’t worry, you can simply clarify things with these easy phrases!

Can you repeat that please? – ¿Puede repetirlo por favor?
What does … mean? – ¿Qué significa …?
Can you spell that for me? – ¿Me lo puede deletrear?
Can you write that down for me? – ¿Me lo puede escribir?
I don’t understand – No lo entiendo
Excuse me – ¡Perdona! (calls attention as well as saying sorry)
I don’t know – No sé
I have a question – Tengo una pregunta
Could you help me? – ¿Me podría ayudar?

(If you are coming to Spain and would like even more phrases to help you understand better, our Spanish words for tourists will help!)

 

The teacher’s commands – Las órdenes del profesor
Once you understand these essential teacher’s commands in the Spanish classroom, your class will already feel easier! Good luck ????

Take out your book – Saca tu libro
Silence please – Silencio, por favor
Come to the front – Pasa al frente
Repeat (after me) – Repite (después de mí)
Take out a sheet of paper – Saca (una hoja de) papel
Listen (closely) – Escucha (con atención)
Open/close your book – Abre/ cierra tu libro
Raise your hand – Levanta la mano
Put your hand down – Baja la mano
Stand up – Levántate
Sit down – Siéntate

So now you’re properly prepared for a successful Spanish class!

Looking for a fun and friendly class environment to learn Spanish in, and/or always wanted to visit Spain? Combine the two: check out our large range of Spanish courses! All of our classes are carried out in small and intimate groups with personalised attention from the teachers – so you’ll learn Spanish for real.

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