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English Spanish Vocabulary – School La escuela Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Learning, Spanish Vocabulary

Build your repertoire of Spanish words little by little by tuning in to these biweekly posts on English-Spanish vocabulary. You will find lots of really useful words on essential everyday topics, complete with audio mp3 recordings to help you with the Spanish pronunciation. Enjoy!

Today we are going to practice useful Spanish vocabulary related to School.
Hoy vamos a practicar vocabulario español útil relacionado con La esuela.


Use the player below to listen to and repeat the pronunciation of the words in Spanish:


School La escuela

Nursery school: la guardería
Primary school: la escuela
Secondary school: el instituto
Technical college: la escuela técnica
University: la universidad
A state school: una escuela pública
A private school: una escuela privada
A boarding school: un internado
Open University: la Universidad a Distancia
Private classes: las clases particulares
The school year: el curso escolar
The term: el trimestre (3 months), el cuatrimestre (4 months)
A degree: una licenciatura/una carrera universitaria
A course: un curso
To have a degree in…..: ser licenciado en…..
I graduated last year…..: acabé/terminé la carrera/me licencié el año pasado…..
A dissertation: una tesina
A thesis: una tesis
A doctorate/PhD: un doctorado
A master’s degree: un master
The headteacher: el director/la directora
A teacher: un profesor/una profesora
A primary school teacher: un maestro/una maestra
A pupil: un alumno/una alumna
A classmate: un compañero/una compañera de clase
A student: un estudiante/una estudiante
A lecturer: un profesor universitario
Freshman: estudiante de primer año
A professor: un catedrático
A class: una clase
A classroom: un aula
Staffroom: la sala de profesores
The headteacher’s office: el despacho del director/de la directora
Playground: el patio
Gym: el gimnasio
Assembly hall/school hall: el salón de actos
A desk: un pupitre
Blackboard: la pizarra
To do your homework: hacer los deberes / hacer la tarea
To play truant: hacer novillos/ hacer pira / hacer pellas
To miss class/school: faltar a clase
To swot up: empollar
Exams: los exámenes
To sit/take an exam: presentarse a/hacer un examen
To pass: aprobar
To fail: suspender
Marks/grades: las notas/las calificaciones
An oral exam: un examen oral
A written exam: un examen escrito
A multiple choice test: un examen tipo test
To revise: repasar
To prepare for an exam: prepararse para un examen

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Laura & Adam have been blogging and creating online Spanish courses for Transparent Language since 2010. Laura is from Bilbao in northern Spain and Adam is from Devon in the south of England. They lived together in Spain for over 10 years, where their 2 daughters were born, and now they live in Scotland. Both Laura & Adam qualified as foreign language teachers in 2004 and since have been teaching Spanish in Spain, the UK, and online.


  1. kerry baker:

    This blog used to have parallel text stories…what happened? I don’t think memorizing lists is as helpful as seeing words in context. Please bring back actual blogs in Spanish. There’s more English on this site than Spanish now!

    • Laura:

      @kerry baker Hola Kerry,
      Thanks for your feedback. And you are totally right, it is vital to learn using Spanish texts and conversations and little by little leave the English behind completely.
      The parallel texts were really popular and I enjoyed making them very much. Unfortunately have had to remove them. My apologies for this.
      However, I have just started a new course of Spanish lessons that focus on giving you, the students, audios in Spanish (no English!) to see if you can understand. As I said, I have only just started (Click here for the first lesson) so the listening is very basic, but bear with me and you will see the course develop into something really useful, interesting and challenging. It will be very much along the lines of the parallel texts that we have had to stop making.
      I hope you enjoy this new course and look forward to keeping in touch.