Using the vocabulary for Spanish classroom objects in sentences

May 14, 2013 Alex

The vocabulary for Spanish classroom objects, los objetos de la clase, may be very useful especially if you are in school or if you are planning to study Spanish in a classroom in the future. In this lesson you will read and listen to several examples using the vocabulary for these items. Besides we will make use of the vocabulary and grammar structures we have covered in previous lessons such as colors, demonstrative adjectives, definite articles and the verbs SER and ESTAR. Let’s begin…

A list of Spanish classroom objects: vocabulary and pictures

First of all, we may refer to Spanish classroom objects as both “Los artículos del aula de clases” and “Los objetos de la clase”. We will begin by looking at a picture containing several of these items. We will see them in sentences later to hear their pronunciation and how they could be used in real contexts.

Vocabulary for Spanish classroom objects

Spanish classroom objects – Los objetos de la clase

Making sentences with a list of Spanish classroom objects

The first group of sentences with Spanish classroom objects will make use of prepositions of place(preposiciones de lugar) such as SOBRE (on), DEBAJO DE (under), ENCIMA DE (over), DENTRO DE (in or inside), FUERA DE (out or outside) y DETRÁS DE (behind). They have been covered in a previous lesson, but as a reminder they are used with the forms ESTÁ (one object) and ESTÁN (several objects) of the verb ESTAR, eg. “El libro está debajo de la silla” [object + estar + preposition + object]. We will also see demonstrative adjectives like ESE, ESA and so on in use as well as definite articles(EL, LA…) before many of these items.

Spanish classroom objects list and sentences
ESCRITORIO – El libro está sobre el escritorio amarillo
The book is on the yellow desk
MESA – El libro está debajo de la mesa anaranjada/naranja
The book is below the orange table
MAPA – Ese mapa verde está sobre la pared.
That green map is on the wall
BOLÍGRAFO – Estos bolígrafos están encima de la mesa.
These black pens are over the table
BORRADOR – Ese borrador rosado está detrás del librero.
That pink eraser is behind the bookshelf
MOCHILA – Este libro celeste está fuera de la mochila.
This sky blue book is outside the schoolbag
REGLA – La regla dorada está en medio de esos libros.
The gold ruler is between those books
CALCULADORA – La calculadora plateada está junto a esa mochila.
The silver calculator is next to that schoolbag

The second group of sentences with Spanish classroom objects will use colors and the verb SER “Los colores” a special type of adjectives and they are always placed after the object (noun) we are describing. We do not say Un rosado borrador meaning a pink eraser, but Un borrador rosado. Now, the tricky part with colors is that they change their gender (feminine, masculine) and number (singular, plural) depending on the item or items they are describing, for example, REGLA is feminine, singular noun so we would need a color that matches that gender and number like ROJA or VERDE so we can something like “Una regla roja”. On the other hand, if we want to refer to several Spanish classroom objects like three REGLAS then we should say “Tres reglas rojas” with the color and object in plural form. Colors are often placed directly after the noun they describe or after a form of the verb SER, commonly ES and SON. These two forms can also be used with adjectives to tell more about objects, for example: “viejo”(old), “nuevo”(new) and so on.

Spanish classroom objects list and sentences
SILLA – Esa silla azul es muy cómoda
That blue seat/chair is very comfortable
COMPUTADORA -Esta computadora blanca es de buena marca.
This white computer has a good brand name.
PIZARRA – Estas pizarras son muy útiles
These whiteboards are very useful
LIBRERO – Aquel librero beige es viejo
That beige bookshelf is old
LÁPIZ – Este lápiz gris es un regalo
This gray pencil is a gift
MOCHILA – Esa mochila verde clara es muy bonita
That light green schoolbag is very beautiful
MARCADOR – Este marcador morado es muy útil.
This purple marker is very useful

Vocabulary practice: Spanish classroom objects quiz

It is time to test if you actually know the vocabulary in this lesson with this short quiz on Spanish classroom objects. It is really easy to solve and will help you practice more and find out which words you need to review. Let’s start…

Spanish Audio Practice: Getting ready for school – ¡Alistándose para ir a la escuela!

Key expressions:

  1. “Tengo que llevarte a…” means “I have to take you to…”
  2. “¡Gracias por ayudarme!” means “Thanks for helping me!”
Listen to a girl talking to his father about all the things she needs for school. You will listen to colors, prepositions as well as Spanish classroom objects as we used them in the examples above. Take notes of so you can solve the interactive quiz about the audio.

Listening quiz: Spanish classroom objects, colors and prepositions

This quiz is related to the content of the conversation about Spanish classroom objects presented before. You will be asked some questions about the colors and classroom items mentioned in the audio. Press “START” when you are ready. ¡Buena suerte!
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Spanish audio script: Getting ready for school
Papá: Mercedes, tengo que llevarte a la escuela. ¿Ya estás lista?
Mercedes: Ya casi papá. Creo que mi mochila está sobre la mesa.
Papá: No, yo creo que está dentro de tu habitación.
Mercedes: A todos les gusta esta mochila rosada.
Papá: Si, esa es muy bonita. ¿Este cuaderno amarillo es tuyo?
Mercedes: Si, y esos libros azules también…
Papá: ¿Y esos lápices que están detrás de la lámpara?
Mercedes: ah… el bolígrafo negro y el lápiz verde son míos, pero este rojo es de mamá.
Papá: No olvides la tarea… creo que la dejaste junto al televisor.
Mercedes: Gracias papá. ¿Me pasas esa calculadora gris?
Papá: ¡Aquí tienes! Parece que usarás muchas cosas en clase hoy.
Mercedes: Si, necesito todas estas cosas para mi proyecto de clase… ¡Gracias por ayudarme!

6 thoughts on “Using the vocabulary for Spanish classroom objects in sentences

  1. Adan Santiago

    ¿Dónde están mi calculadora? (Where is my calculator?)
    ¿Dónde está mi calculadora?. ……………….This should be corrected.

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  2. Sr. Constance Marie Suchala

    MARCADOR – Este marcador morado es muy útil.
    That purple marker is very useful.

    Can you tell me why “este” in the above sentence is translated as “that?” Wouldn’t it be “Ese?”

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    1. Alex Post author

      Hola,
      Actually, it is our mistake. ESTE means THIS so the right translation should be “This purple marker is very useful”.
      Gracias 🙂

      Reply
  3. amgray

    Alex,
    Previously there was a quiz that included an audio selection that covered demonstrative adjectives and school supplies. It was a conversation between Mercedes and her father. Do you know where I can find it on the SLL website? I used that as an interpretive listening activity for a formative assessment. Thanks.

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    1. Alex Post author

      Hola,
      Yes, we had a listening activity. I just updated the page and added the listening activity back. We had decided not to have this in the lesson but it was not a good idea lol. Thanks for asking. ¡Que tengas un buen día!:)

      Reply

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