Lost Property and Phrases with Gadgets in Spanish

Hola. In today’s lesson we will learn a list of common gadgets in Spanish and some common verbs and phrases that people will use when talking about devices in Spanish. More importantly, you will be able to practice with two listening activities on gadgets and phrases for finding lost property in Spanish. Comencemos…

Vocabulary introduction: A list of Gadgets in Spanish – Los dispositivos

We use the word “Dispositivos” for gadgets in Spanish. Another word for gadget in the language is “Aparato”, but let’s say “Dispositivo” sounds cooler. The reason why we will learn the names of some common gadgets in Spanish is because things like memory sticks (memorias) and phones (teléfonos) are among the most commonly lost items according to this article posted by Express. Furthermore, we often talk about gadgets and nowadays they are everywhere.

Some devices in Spanish already have a fixed gender, so there is no what to change an object like “Audífonos” from masculine to feminine form. Additionally, some gadgets in Spanish may have more than one name such as “Computadora” that can be called “Ordenador” as well. Most likely, you will listen to people talk about “Computadoras” in Latin America and “Ordenadores” in Spanish. As for smart devices, we would usually add the adjective “inteligente” after the noun so as you may guess “a smartwatch” would be “un reloj inteligente”. With that said, here are the names of 10 common gadgets in Spanish that we will be using in the rest of the lesson.

A list of common gadgets in Spanish
10 dispositivos comunes en español

Common Questions and Phrases with gadgets in Spanish

Here is a list of questions people often ask when looking for lost objects in Spanish, as well as verbs and phrases they use when talking about devices in Spanish and the activities they can do with them. Some of these activities are somewhat related to hobbies and free time activities in Spanish. Pay attention to the main verb in each statement and the way the vocabulary was used too. Click on Play to listen to the examples.

¿Qué estás haciendo? – Estoy jugando un juego muy entretenido en la consola (de videojuegos)
What are you doing? – I am playing a very entertaining game on the video games console
¿Qué compraste? – Compré un parlante Bluetooth.
What did you buy? – I bought a Bluetooth speaker .
¿Qué es eso? – Es un reloj inteligente.
What is that? – It’s a smart watch.
¿Sábes dónde está mi computadora? – Está sobre la mesa dentro de un bolso negro.
Do you know where my computer is? – It’s on the table inside a black bag.
¿Tienes un celular nuevo? – Si, es un teléfono inteligente. Ya instalé varias aplicaciones.
Do you have a new cell phone? – Yeah, it’s a smart phone. I already installed several applications.
¿Qué opinas de esta tableta? – Creo que es muy grande.
What do you think of this tablet? – I think it’s very big.
¿Qué capacidad tiene tu memoria USB? – Puede almacenar 16 GB.
What is the capacity of your USB memory? – It can store 16 GB.
Me encantan tus fotos – Gracias, las tomé con esta cámara profesional.
I love your photos – Thank you, I took them with this professional camera.
¿Cuántas canciones tiene tu reproductor (de audio)? – Tiene 500 canciones.
How many songs does your audio player have? – It has 500 songs.
¿Qué estás buscando? – Estoy buscando mis audífonos ¿Los has visto?
What are you looking for? – I’m looking for my headphones. Have you seen them?

Listening Activity No.1: Describing devices in Spanish

Listen to someone using adjectives and common verbs for describing gadgets in Spanish. You will be given three options and you have to choose the device that best suits the description provided.

Listening Quiz: What is the right gadget in Spanish?

Listen to each gadget description in Spanish and choose one of the three given options, the one that best matches the device that is being described by the speaker.
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Listening Activity No.2: Lost property in Spanish – Pertenencias perdidas

Listen to a conversation between two friends talking about a lost gadget in Spanish. Figure out what the item is, where he looked for it and where it actually is. Then solve the quiz related to the listening activity. ¡Buena suerte!

Key Spanish phrases in the conversation:
1. “Olvidé donde lo dejé” means “I forgot where I left it”
2. “¿Ya lo buscaste…?” means “Have you already looked for it…?”
3. “Una y otra vez” means “again and again”
4. “En todos los rincones” means “on every corner”

Listening quiz: Lost and found in Spanish

Listen to the conversation about lost property in Spanish again and then answer the questions in this short listening quiz. Press Start when you are ready. ¡Buena suerte!

Conversation script: Looking for lost property in Spanish
Alen: uhmm ¿Dónde dejé mi teléfono? No puede ser, lo perdí de nuevo…
Esmeralda: ¿Qué buscas Alen?
Alen: Estoy buscando mi teléfono… Lo usé hace un par de horas pero olvidé donde lo dejé.
Esmeralda: ¿No lo dejaste en la sala?
Alen: No, ya lo busqué una y otra vez en la sala pero no lo encontré.
Esmeralda: ¿Ya lo buscaste en el cuarto también?
Alen: Si, ya lo busqué en todos los rincones de la casa… Creo que está descargado.
Esmeralda: Bien, voy ayudarte a buscarlo una vez más en la sala. Tú busca aquí.
Alen: Veamos… veamos… uhmm… no está aquí… tampoco ahí…
Esmeralda: Alen, mira aquí está. Lo encontré.
Alen: ¿Dónde estaba?
Esmeralda: Estaba debajo de uno de los cojines del sofá. Eres muy despistado ehh…. Tú dijiste que ya habías buscado aquí.
Alen: En serio ya había buscado. Lo bueno es que lo encontramos. Ya estaba preocupado. Gracias Esmeralda.
Esmeralda: De nada.