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148 – Spanish for Teachers Words and Phrases

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Spanish for Teachers – Words and Phrases

20 Words and Phrases that teachers should know in Spanish


Back-to-school time. Learn 20 great words and phrases in Spanish

Post 148/365
Lunes, 21 de agosto de 2017




It’s Monday and that means workplace vocabulary at Spanish Blog 365. Every Monday we highlight an occupation and learn key vocabulary to help build your Spanish as it relates to work.
Remember, even if you don’t work in this industry, these words probably still enter your conversational needs. Out of all of the words and phrases presented below – pick just 5 or 10 that will benefit your Spanish.



Spanish for Teachers

Español para maestros y profesores


1. La escuela y los niveles – school and levels


El jardín infantil – Kindergarten

La escuela preescolar – preschool

La escuela primaria – elementary school

La escuela secundaria – secondary/middle school

*Colegio o la escuela preparatoria (la prepa) – High school

La universidad comunitaria – community college

La universidad  (la uni– University


*Notice the false coganate – colegio looks like college, but it means high school



Diplomas and titles in Spanish


2. Diplomas y títulos

el primer grado
– the first grade  (review ordinal numbers)

*un bachillerato – high school diploma

los estudios superiores – higher education

una licenciatura – bachelor’s degree (4 años de universidad)

una maestría – master’s degree (6 años de universidad)

un doctorado – doctorate degree (el último nivel)


*Note the false coganate – bachillerato looks like bachelor’s, but it means high school diploma

Words and phrases


3. maestro/a – teacher (generally for kids)

4. profesor/a – professor (generally higher education for adults)

5. director/a – principal

6. estudiante o alumno/a – student

7. la sala de clase o una aula – the classroom


8. Pasar la lista (de asistencia)– to take roll


Voy a pasar la lista – I’m going to take roll

presente / ausente – present / absent


9. Prestar atención – to pay attention

Presten atención – Pay attention (talking to the whole class)


School supplies and more


10. las materias (matemáticas, ciencias sociales) – the subjects (math, social studies)


11. una lección – a lesson

12. la tarea – the homework


13. una prueba – a quiz

14. un examen – a test


15. sacar buenas / malas notas – to get good / bad grades

16. levántense la mano– raise your hand (talking to the whole group)


17. los suministros escolares – school supplies

18. una mochila – a backpack

19. una pluma o lapicero– a pen

20. un cuaderno – a notebook



Action Step: Go back and find at least 5-10 words and phrases that you can start using right away!
Be sure to come back tomorrow.

Gracias y hasta mañana,