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Spanish Words Widely Known by U.S. Americans

These are the Spanish words most commonly known by U.S. Americans who don't speak Spanish. Translate from English to Spanish.
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Quiz by emmaafinke
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Last updated: March 14, 2022
First submittedMarch 12, 2022
Times taken17,495
Average score66.2%
Rating4.52
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English
Spanish
friend
amigo
crazy
loco
hello
hola
midday nap
siesta
hat
sombrero
thank you
gracias
beans
frijoles
rice
arroz
Christmas
Navidad
happy
feliz
no
no
yes
sauce
salsa
very
muy
water
agua
man
hombre
dog
perro
English
Spanish
cat
gato
head
cabeza
big
grande
and
y
the
el
boy/child
niño
handsome
guapo
bye
adiós
hands
manos
heart
corazón
love
amor
white man
gringo
moon
luna
sun
sol
much/a lot
mucho
fire
fuego
uncle
tío
English
Spanish
mother
madre
father
padre
in
en
party
fiesta
tomorrow
mañana
ranch
rancho
where
donde
bathroom
baño
island
isla
bull
toro
is
es
life
vida
nothing
nada
sir
señor
miss
señorita
house
casa
good
bueno
English
Spanish
please
por favor
why?
por qué?
what?
qué?
Let's go!
vámonos!
Quiet!
Silencio!
one
uno
family
familia
Spanish
español
egg
huevo
chicken
pollo
horse
caballo
beer
cerveza
my
mi
police
policía
devil
diablo
money
dinero
saint
santo
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Level 70
Apr 2, 2022
In some parts of South America (where I live, for example) guapo means brave or fearless, not handsome. It took me some time to figure out the answer.
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Level 63
Apr 3, 2022
Thank you for letting me know. I didn't know that guapo means brave in some places. In the US most of the Spanish words that people know come from Mexican Spanish, so to US Americans "guapo" means handsome.
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Level 80
Jun 28, 2022
My wife is from the Philippines. She says I'm guapo (meaning handsome, not brave). But most people from the Philippines know several languages (Tagalog, Visayan, English and Spanish) and it seems they almost always mix them together when speaking. Incidentally, I'm not guapo. It's probably just my incredibly charming personality that makes me seem so.
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Level 73
Jul 3, 2022
Perhaps guapo means "ugly but good at quizzes" in one of the Filipino languages that she speaks
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Level 82
Oct 13, 2022
@emmaafinke It would be helpful to have this info in the quiz description, or in a pinned comment.
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Level 84
Oct 13, 2022
gwapo in the Philippines means the same thing
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Level 73
Jun 28, 2022
Agree. Hermoso/a should also be accepted here.
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Level 29
Oct 13, 2022
Fede, guapo es bonito en todos lados, por más que lo usemos con la connotación que decís...
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Level 44
Oct 14, 2022
This is for Spanish words known by US Americans, South American spanish isn't as influential in the US as Caribbean or Mexican Spanish.
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Level 72
Jun 25, 2022
I really enjoyed the quiz! I hope it get featured soon.
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Level 66
Jun 27, 2022
I would recommend splitting into two quizzes. Right now it's a little long for this concept.
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Level 92
Jun 28, 2022
It's not too long. I finished it with 3 minutes left.
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Level 87
Jun 28, 2022
91>65. You're obviously a much better quizzer.
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Level 79
Jun 28, 2022
I finished with 2 minutes left, but I still think it could be split into 2 quizzes. Not because of difficulty, but because it just felt long -- I was surprised at how many there were as I kept scrolling. Otherwise, good quiz.
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Level 78
Jun 28, 2022
"Frijoles" really threw me until I remembered the premise of the quiz! I kept trying "alubias," "judías," etc.
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Level 61
Oct 13, 2022
It's really frustrating when they make these quizzes with no regard for the rest of non-Mexican dialect of the language. "Beans" is "habichuelas" for me. It took me some time to realize this wasn't "Spanish" quiz, but a Mexican Spanish quiz.
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Level 83
Jun 28, 2022
Very fun! Thanks.
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Level 76
Jun 28, 2022
Gringo doesn't mean "white man", it means American
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Level 71
Jun 28, 2022
Not necessarily.
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Level 58
Jun 28, 2022
Y ademas, no es español, es chilango..
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Level 82
Jun 29, 2022
Es pan-español (por así decirlo). También hay centroamericanos que usan "gringo"
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Level 80
Jun 28, 2022
I don't think Hispanic Americans are usually gringos
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Level 82
Jun 29, 2022
For Latin Americans, "gringo" means "person from the US", no matter the race.

This includes Hispanic Americans, mostly when they can't speak a dime of Spanish.

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Level 50
Oct 13, 2022
In Colombia Gringos are referred to men and women white or black that come from the US and have a clear accent. She is gringa or he is gringo.
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Level 55
Oct 18, 2022
In Brazil, Gringo is just a "foreigner". Anyone not from Brazil. Even other Latin Americans we call gringo sometimes.
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Level 71
Jun 29, 2022
Check out the Real Academia Española defines the word as such.
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Level 44
Oct 14, 2022
Using that link doesn't necessarily take into account the regional differences in the definition. Caribbean Spanish we consider Gringo to be anyone outside of our region of familiarity, so even a Mexican is considered a Gringo.
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Level 71
Oct 24, 2022
Did you see the first definition? It says extranjero, which does take into account the possibility of someone outside a region's familiarity (even if that person still speaks the same language). But that definition goes on to specify that typically the word is used to identify someone that doesn't speak Spanish.
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Level 74
Jun 28, 2022
Shouldn't the ones exclamation points and question marks also have inverted versions at the front for those Spanish answers? It just looks wrong without them there
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Level 85
Jun 29, 2022
¡Absolutamente!, @GrammarBeane1.
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Level 87
Jun 28, 2022
Speedy Gonzales boosted my score a couple points. :-)
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Level 87
Jun 28, 2022
But no need to ándale arriba; plenty of time.
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Level 84
Jun 29, 2022
I can thank Dora on some of these!
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Level 61
Jul 3, 2022
how about "hombre blanco"
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Level 60
Jul 4, 2022
White man is no "gringo". It's literally "hombre blanco".
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Level 57
Jul 6, 2022
I think this quizz should include words used in Spain, such as alubias for frijoles.
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Level 61
Aug 19, 2022
"gallina" should really be accepted for "chicken" since it isn't clear the clue refers to the meat of the animal
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Level 75
Sep 13, 2022
For ranch, surely you should allow hacienda and finca?
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Level 49
Oct 13, 2022
In addition to EcceHomo, surely granja should be added as well.
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Level 61
Oct 13, 2022
Cállate for silence?
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Level 67
Oct 13, 2022
That was my first guess, but it literally translates to "shut up." "Silencio" is a better answer.
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Level 23
Oct 13, 2022
As a spaniard it took me some time to figure out white man and beans, then I thought about Mexico.
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Level 72
Oct 13, 2022
Is there a source for this quiz? Without that and without any interaction with the suggestions in the comments it just comes across as arbitrary.
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Level 70
Oct 13, 2022
Adding my voice to the gringo does not mean White man. Latino is an ethnicity. Lots of White people in Latin American countries who aren't called gringos. Not to mention Spain. Need to just delete this queston.
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Level 71
Oct 24, 2022
You should check out the RAE's definition, which accounts for colloquialisms.
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Level 18
Oct 13, 2022
I thought it was estancia for ranch
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Level 84
Oct 13, 2022
How could you not have "library" on here when THE go-to joke about Americans' rudimentary high-school-level Spanish knowledge is the line "donde esta la biblioteca?" That would have been the first one I put on.
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Level 66
Oct 13, 2022
I put ‘islo’ for island and ‘cabella’ for horse 🤦🏻‍♀️
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Level 56
Oct 13, 2022
It's just "American". You don't have to put "US" in front of that.
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Level 82
Oct 13, 2022
Many people from south of the US use the term "American" to refer to people who live on either continent, South American or North American. When referring specifically to residents of the US they will use the phrase "US Americans". This is based on the premise that the US does not have exclusive use of the term America; i.e. it's not the whole continent.
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Level 84
Oct 13, 2022
The vast and overwhelming majority of people everywhere in the world use American to refer to Americans, including in Latin America up until very recently. It's obviously stupid to use "US-American" as a demonym. Unless you also call people from Mexico "US-Mexicans," people from Germany "FR-Germans," people from China "PR-Chinese," etc. Actually I take that back, you'd still be stupid doing that, but at least you would be consistent. Everyone knows what an American is.
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Level 40
Oct 14, 2022
How can you always be so wrong in every single comment?
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Level 84
Oct 16, 2022
hwes? He's not always wrong. Even in this case he's mostly just describing why other people, who are obviously and demonstrably wrong, use this obnoxious term. Not necessarily advocating for that wrongness himself.
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Level 67
Oct 13, 2022
"Gringo" for "white man"? Next time I meet my Spanish, Mexican, or Cuban white friends I'll let them know they're gringos. They'll be suprised!
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Level 64
Oct 13, 2022
Should seem crazy that among the 4 words I missed were "adios" and "gringo." In the 8 years I spent in Panama and Peru, as well as many trips to Mexico, I never heard anyone actually say "adios." It was always "chao" (or "ciao?) And "gringo" was understood to mean someone from the States. Excellent quiz.
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Level 92
Oct 13, 2022
Shouldn't "man" be "mano" instead of "hombre" ???

Many "US Americans" say "mano a mano" and think they are saying "man to man" as in, "I will talk to him mano a mano."

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Level 79
Oct 13, 2022
"Mano a mano" literally means "hand to hand", as in hand-to-hand combat, hence the implication of a direct confrontation.
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Level 67
Oct 13, 2022
Oh right. Hilarious, lol
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Level 55
Oct 13, 2022
When I think of normal americans knowing spanish words. I don't think that most americans will know like 50 words...
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Level 66
Nov 21, 2022
Well you should. I only knew 40, but I only spent half my childhood in America. The other half was in countries where Spanish isn't spoken at all.

Most Americans would know around 50 of these.

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Level 48
Oct 13, 2022
I got 41, but struggled with the spelling. Should've got around 55
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Level 24
Oct 13, 2022
"White man" should be "hombre blanco"

The term "Gringo" is not common in every Spanish speaking country (I am from Spain, and here "gringo" does not refer to skin color but to a person from an English speaking country).

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Level 57
Oct 17, 2022
I feel like people are not getting the premise that this is what Americans know of the language from cultural infusion by the most common Spanish speakers in the country who happen to be... Mexican. Most Mexicans I know use gringo to mean white person, and a lot of Americans recognize that as the meaning.
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Level 38
Oct 13, 2022
60/68, not too bad for a Brazilian.
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Level 51
Oct 15, 2022
i kept putting hispana (nationality) for Spanish instead of the language 🤦‍♂️
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Level 46
Oct 16, 2022
I kept trying "cállate" for "quiet!" lol
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Level 25
Oct 25, 2022
Beans I say lubia