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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Last updated: March 14, 2022
First submittedMarch 12, 2022
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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 69
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 60
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 70
Jun 28, 2022
Agree. Hermoso/a should also be accepted here.
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Level 70
Jun 25, 2022
I really enjoyed the quiz! I hope it get featured soon.
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Level 65
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 91
Jun 28, 2022
It's not too long. I finished it with 3 minutes left.
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Level 85
Jun 28, 2022
91>65. You're obviously a much better quizzer.
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Level 78
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 77
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 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 70
Jun 28, 2022
Not necessarily.
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Level 57
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 70
Jun 29, 2022
Check out the Real Academia Española defines the word as such.
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Level 73
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 83
Jun 29, 2022
I can thank Dora on some of these!
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Level 71
Jul 1, 2022
Accept 'chao' for bye, 'caballero' for sir, 'hacienda' for ranch, and 'frejol(es)' for beans (an alt speling).

Good quiz, but muyy largoooo

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Level 61
Jul 3, 2022
how about "hombre blanco"
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Level 58
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.