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Teaching Spanish: Vocabulary Practice with Sports Terms

written by: Curt Smothers • edited by: Rebecca Scudder • updated: 3/2/2012

Teaching specialized vocabulary in Spanish is a good way to add variety to the lesson plan. This article provides a specialized Spanish vocabulary word list of sports and related terms (events, participants, venues, and sports equipment), along with a downloadable matching quiz.

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    List 1 - The Wide World of Sports

    • athletics - el atletismo
    • badminton - el badminton
    • baseball - el béisbol
    • basketball - el baloncesto
    • canoeing - el piragüismo
    • cricket - el cricket
    • cycling - el ciclismo
    • football (American) - el fútbol americano
    • golf - el golf
    • handball - el balonmano
    • hockey - el hockey
    • ice skating - el patinaje sobre hielo
    • mountain climbing - el alpinismo
    • pole vaulting - el salto con pértiga
    • race - la carrera
    • rugby el rugby
    • sailing - la vela
    • skating - el patinaje
    • skiing - el esquí
    • soccer - el fútbol
    • sport - el deporte
    • swimming - la natación
    • table tennis - el ping pong
    • tennis - el tenis
    • volleyball - el voleibol
    • water skiing - el esquí acuatico
    • windsurfing - el windsurf
    • winter sports - los deportes de invierno
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    List 2 - Sporting Events and Locations

    • bullring - la plaza de toros
    • championship - el campeonato
    • club - el club
    • competition - la competencia
    • draw (tie game) - el empate
    • golf course - el campo de golf
    • match (game) - el partido
    • Olympic games - la olimpíada
    • result - el resultado
    • skating rink - el patinadero
    • sports center - el polideportivo
    • sports ground - el campo de deportes
    • stadium - el estadio
    • swimming pool - la piscina
    • to play (baseball, golf, tennis, etc.) - jugar al (beísbol, golf, tenis, etc.)
    • track - la pista
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    List 3 - People and Equipment

    • baseball bat - el bate de béisbol
    • baseball glove - el guante de béisbol
    • bat boy - el mascota
    • bullfighter- el torero
    • catcher - el catcher
    • center (left/right) fielder - el jardinero (central/izquierdo/derecho)
    • champion - el campeón
    • fielder - el jugador que intercepta la pelota
    • goal - el gol
    • golf ball - la pelota de golf
    • golf club - el palo de golf
    • large ball - el balón
    • pitcher - el lanzador
    • referee (umpire) - el árbitro
    • small ball - la pelota
    • spectator - el espectador
    • sports fan (sportsman/sportswoman) - el/la deportista
    • supporter (fan) - el /la hincha
    • team - el equipo
    • tennis racket - la raqueta de tenis
    • trophy - el trofeo
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    Suggested Classroom Activities

    This list can be used in the exercises suggested in the Bright Hub articles on Spanish medical vocabulary building (Parts 1 and 2). Specifically:

    ♦ Dividing the class into three groups, having the students circulate and confer with other students, and completing the worksheet. (See the suggested classroom activities in Part 1 for additional information and materials.)

    ♦ Pairing off the students, assigning an appropriate number of terms from list 1, and asking the students to compose sentences using terms from each list. (See the suggested classroom activities in Part 2 for additional information and examples.)

    Consider adding a vocabulary matching quiz (based on these terms) to a regularly scheduled quiz. (See the suggested matching quiz below.)Sports Vocabulary Matching Quiz 

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    Downloadable Vocabulary Sheet and Quiz

    A downloadable version of the Spanish Sports vocabulary in this article is available at Spanish Sports Vocabulary.

    A downloadable version of the matching quiz is also available at Spanish Sports Vocabulary quiz.

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