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Spanish Lesson Thirty-Six: The Zoo and Animals

Updated on April 22, 2013

¡Hola estudiantes (students). Espero que estén bien! (I hope that you all are well). I'm really excited about today's lesson. I think it's a unique top and will definitely be popular once winter is over and everyone heads back to the zoo with their friends and family. Last week we discussed the Present Sunjunctive. I hope you all enjoyed that lesson and learned a good deal from it. If you need to look back at that lesson, just look down at the bottom for previous lessons. Anyway, I hope everyone's Sunday is going well and welcome! Let's learn some Spanish! This week, The Zoo and Animals.

Today's Goals: To learn about The Zoo and Animals in the Spanish language. To be able to utilize vocabulary when attending a zoo or on safari

Today's Vocabulary

Hey hey! Your vocabulary today will consist of the normal hodgepodge AND some Zoo and Animal vocabulary that you can use when you head out to the zoo or to describe animals in your home. I hope you all enjoy this lesson and learn from it. Also if you've noticed, the Reflexive Verb has restarted, so just keep that in mind that those words have been shown again. If you remember them, then awesome!

Today's Tips: Take a trip with your family or friends. See how many things you can identify in the Spanish language. Make it a game with all your friends. Keep points. It'll be fun! ;)


To Enclose/To Lock Up/To Confine: Encerrar

To Meet/To Encounter/To Find: Encontrar {O-->UE}

To Teach/To Show/To Point Out: Enseñar

To Understand: Entender

To Enter/To Go (In)/To Come (In): Entrar

To Deliver/To Hand Over/ To Give In: Entregar

To Enunciate/To State: Enunciar

Reflexive Verbs

To Rely One/To Depend On: Atenarse

To Dare/To Venture: Atreverse

To Bathe Oneself/To Take A Bath: Bañarse

To Make Fun Of/To Poke Fun At/To Ridicule: Burlarse

To Fall/To Fall Down/To Tumble: Caerse

To Be Silent/To Keep Quiet: Callarse

To Become Tired/To Become Weary/To Get Tired: Cansarse


Love: El Amor

Passion: La Pasión

Compassion: La Compasión

Heart: La Corazón

Endearment: La Expresión de Cariño

Valentine's Day Card: La Tarjeta del Dia de San Valentín

Flowers: Las Flores


Sweet: Dulce

Lovely: Precioso(a)

Tasty: Sabroso(a)

Unforgettable: Inolvidable

Amazing: Asombroso(a)


Hey Readers! I hope you're enjoying these Warm-Ups. I think they're awesome practice and review for everyone. I'm thinking of a way for everyone to practice conjugating verbs. I suggest making flashcards, but also I want you to be able to do so on here. While I think of a new way to do Warm-Ups, keep doing these little quizzes!! :) Today's questions are from Lesson Six. So head there if you don't remember.

The Zoo Vocabulary

English Word
Spanish Equiv.
El Zoo
La Juala
El Habitat
El Acuario
El Estangue
La Fuente
La Flora y Fauna
Los Reptiles
Los Anfibios
Los Mamíferos
Las Peces
Los Aves
El Jardín
El Camino
El Cuidador de Zoológico

Animal Vocabulary

English Word
Spanish Equiv.
El Perro
El Caballo
El Cerdo
La Cebra
El León
El Gato
La Ballena
El Gorila
El Flamenco
El Elefante
El Jirafa
La Foca
El Delfín
El Loro
El Jerbo
El Hámster
El Hurón
El Tigre
La Mariposa
La Mosca
El Oso

When Going To The Zoo...

Take a look at all the animals when entering a zoo. Take El Camino (the path) that is laid out for everyone and see if you can name any of the animals in the Spanish language. If you've noticed, a vast majority of the animal words are cognates. That means they look pretty close or sound close to their English equivalents. So keep those in mind especially. Also, don't forget to make a game out of it and see how much you and a friend can remember! There are also many other animals and words to accompany them. I suggest researching further in order to learn how to specify other animals that aren't on your list. Take this lesson with you and see if you can round up some pictures of make flashcards. I hope you enjoyed this lesson!! :) Here are some ways to use your new vocabulary!

Likes and Dislikes

No me gustan las moscas. I don't like flies.

Me gustan las mariposas. I like butterflies.

Call Attention To

¡Mira a la gorila! Look at the gorilla!

¿Un mono? ¿Dónde? A monkey? Where?

Compare and Contrast

Me gusta la jirafa mas que el elefante. I like the giraffe more than the elephant.

Los leónes son mas fuertes que las gorilas. Lions are stronger than gorillas.



I mentioned before that we haven't been practicing conjugating verbs. I just thought of a great idea! From now on there will be Three verbs for you all to practice conjugating in the Present Indicative, The Preterit, and The Imperfect. If you want to try doing Gerund or Imperative or Present Subjunctive Give it a shot! Though those aren't as important. I'll pull the verbs directly from your vocabulary list in alphabetical order. So tonight or throughout the week, work on the following three verbs. On Sunday I'll give answers and explanations.

If you need help refer to Lesson Five, Lesson Twenty,Lesson Twenty-Five, and Lesson Thirty-Five.

Abatir (To Knock Down/To Throw Down/To Overthrow)

Abrasar (To Burn/To Set On Fire)

Abrazar (To Embrace/To Hug)

Oh! I almost forgot. Next week we'll discuss... Giving and Receiving Directions. I'm certain that'll be useful to everyone! Stop by next week for that lesson!


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