🇪🇸 Learn Spanish for Academic Purposes: 
Basic Words for Education and Science

🇪🇸 Learn Spanish for Academic Purposes: Basic Words for Education and Science

Master Key Educational Terms While Developing Yourself 👩‍🏫📚🧪

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Education is the foundation of growth, and understanding its terminology in Spanish can significantly enhance your learning experience. Whether you're a student, a lifelong learner, or just curious about academic subjects, this lesson is your gateway to discussing complex ideas with ease in Spanish.

📘 Topics Covered

  • 👩‍🏫 The Basics of Education: Delve into the world of learning with words like "the book" (el libro) and "the teacher" (el profesor).

  • 🧪 The Thrill of Science: Discover the excitement of "the experiment" (el experimento) and "the discovery" (el descubrimiento).

  • 📚 Developing Your Skills: Learn how to talk about improving with terms like "achieve" (lograr) and "improve" (mejorar).

📚 Dive into Learning

Imagine discussing "the physics" (la física) of a new technology or exploring "the geography" (la geografía) of a Spanish-speaking country. These words are more than vocabulary; they are keys to unlocking new conversations and connections in the academic world.

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This lesson consists of 3 parts in total. Here you are provided with one part for free.

Vocabulary list

Here, you'll find words for the opening section of the lesson.

English word & example sentenceSpanish word & example sentence
ability – He has the ability to speak five languages fluently.la habilidad – Él tiene la habilidad de hablar cinco idiomas con fluidez.
able – I am able to lift the heavy box.capaz – Soy capaz de levantar la caja pesada.
achieve – She was able to achieve her dream of becoming a doctor.lograr – Logró su sueño de convertirse en doctora.
advice – Can I give you some advice?el consejo – ¿Puedo darte un consejo?
alphabet – The English alphabet consists of 26 letters.el alfabeto – El alfabeto inglés consta de 26 letras.
begin – I am going to begin my studies tomorrow.empezar – Voy a empezar mis estudios mañana.
biology – She is studying biology in college.la biología – Está estudiando biología en la universidad.
book – I am reading a fascinating book about astronomy.el libro – Estoy leyendo un libro fascinante sobre astronomía.
brain – The human brain is capable of incredible things.el cerebro – El cerebro humano es capaz de cosas increíbles.
brilliant – He was a brilliant inventor.brillante – Fue un inventor brillante.
chemistry – I enjoyed studying chemistry in high school.la química – Me gustaba estudiar química en el instituto.
clever – He is a clever boy and does well in school.ingenioso – Es un chico ingenioso y le va bien en la escuela.
conference – He is attending a conference on renewable energy.la conferencia – Está asistiendo a una conferencia sobre energías renovables.
consider – Please consider my proposal carefully.considerar – Por favor, considere mi propuesta detenidamente.
context – The meaning of a word can sometimes depend on its context.el contexto – El significado de una palabra a veces puede depender de su contexto.
correctly – Make sure you are using the software correctly.correctamente – Asegúrate de que utilizas el software correctamente.
course – He enrolled in a course to learn French.el curso – Se matriculó en un curso para aprender francés.
data – We need to analyze the data before making a decision.los datos – Necesitamos analizar los datos antes de tomar una decisión.
decision – I've made a decision to go to college.la decisión – He tomado la decisión de ir a la universidad.
degree – He earned a degree in mathematics.el grado – Él obtuvo un grado en matemáticas.
dictionary – A dictionary is essential for learning new languages.el diccionario – Un diccionario es esencial para aprender nuevos idiomas.
differently – I prefer to do things differently than my coworkers.manera diferente – Prefiero hacer las cosas de manera diferente que mis compañeros de trabajo.
difficult – The test was more difficult than expected.difícil – El examen fue más difícil de lo esperado.
discover – Astronomers discover new stars regularly.descubrir – Los astrónomos descubren nuevas estrellas con regularidad.
discovery – The discovery of penicillin revolutionized medicine.el descubrimiento – El descubrimiento de la penicilina revolucionó la medicina.
easy – The puzzle was easy, I finished it in no time.fácil – El puzzle era fácil, lo terminé en un santiamén.
education – Access to education is a basic human right.la educación – El acceso a la educación es un derecho humano básico.
electrical – The house needs some electrical repairs.eléctrico – La casa necesita algunas reparaciones eléctricas.
English – She is a native speaker of English.inglés – Habla inglés como lengua materna.
error – I made an error in my calculations.el error – Cometí un error en mis cálculos.
essay – She wrote an essay on the importance of education.el ensayo – Escribió un ensayo sobre la importancia de la educación.
exam – She is studying for her exams.el examen – Está estudiando para los exámenes.
example – Can you give me an example of a good leader?el ejemplo – ¿Puedes darme un ejemplo de un buen líder?
exist – Many species of animals that once existed are now extinct.existir – Muchas especies de animales que antes existían ahora están extintas.
experiment – The scientists conducted an experiment.el experimento – Los científicos realizaron un experimento.
fact – It's a fact that the Earth orbits around the sun.el hecho – Es un hecho que la Tierra orbita alrededor del Sol.
factor – Many factors contributed to the success of the project.el factor – Muchos factores contribuyeron al éxito del proyecto.
false – The statement was false.falso – La declaración era falsa.
final – The final exam was the most important one.final – El examen final era el más importante.
finish – He worked hard to finish the project on time.terminar – Trabajó duro para terminar el proyecto a tiempo.

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