How Good Is Your Spanish?

EDUCATION

Elisabeth Henderson

6 Min Quiz

If you arrived at a Mexican restaurant and the waiter greeted you in Spanish, how would you typically respond?

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If you found yourself in a situation where you were asked to make a statement in Spanish in front of a crowd, how would you feel?

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You’re on a flight to visit relatives for the holidays, and the people next to you are conversing in rapid Spanish. How might you react?

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What is the last book you read in Spanish?

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What has inspired you to learn what you know about Spanish?

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How would you wish someone “good night” in Spanish?

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What does “tiempo” mean?

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If a phrase begins with “Ojalá que,” what tense will it be in?

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If you are having a conversation in Spanish with someone you don’t know well and they say something that you don’t fully understand, what will you be likely to do?

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If you have a choice between a restaurant where the staff speaks Spanish and a restaurant where everyone speaks English, where will you go?

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Which difference between the Spanish spoken in Mexico and that spoken in Spain comes to mind most readily?

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In what medium do you feel most confident in your Spanish skills?

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Which of these experiences is closest to how you learned the most Spanish?

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How would you explain the imperfect tense?

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Can you remember the last time you made an error in a Spanish conversation? What happened?

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How would you complete this sentence: “Si fuera presidente de los Estados Unidos____”?

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What form do you usually use to show that you are planning to do something in the future?

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If you met someone online and were really into them, then met them in person and realized that they were a native Spanish speaker, how would that affect the relationship?

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What kind of events might you attend that are labeled “bilingual”?

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What does the sign in front of an establishment “Se Habla Español” mean to you?

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How do you explain the difference between “ser” and “estar”?

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What difference does it make whether you place the word “grande” before or after the word it modifies?

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If someone told you that a child “es frío,” what would you assume?

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What level of conversation do you feel most comfortable with in Spanish?

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In what way has Spanish ever entered your dream life?

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Are there any tenses in Spanish that you just don’t use or aren’t comfortable with?

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Would you use “ser” or “estar” with the adjective “contento”?

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How many of your friends speak Spanish?

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If you could pick a country to visit for a week-long journey, where would you go?

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If you have (or plan to have) children, how do you teach them Spanish?

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About This Quiz

As in any language, Spanish speakers come in a wide range of fluency. Even native speakers, people who learned Spanish as their first language, vary broadly in their knowledge of the language. Many speakers learned Spanish in the home but never learned official grammar and spelling. Others may have learned Spanish in school and acquired all the formal Spanish, yet, when it comes to surviving an informal conversation, they may as well be speaking Chinese. 

Where are you in your language journey? Do you travel with a dictionary or look up words on your phone every other sentence? Do you dream in Spanish? Some say that once you begin dreaming in a foreign language, you’ve reached a higher level of fluency — you are beginning to process information in the new language subconsciously.

Learning a new language gives us more than the ability to communicate in a new tongue. It opens a portal into the culture which gave birth to the language in the first place. Because language and culture are so intertwined, gaining fluency lets you step into a culture in ways that are locked to you if you don’t speak the language. 

Are you fluent, proficient or just dangerous with a dictionary? Translate these questions into answers, and we’ll tell you what other people hear when you speak Spanish! 

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