Back to School Spanish Lesson
Friday, August 19, 2011
It's Spanish Friday and since my kiddies are going back to school on Monday, I thought I'd combine the two to bring you the very first Motherhood in Mexico Back-to-School Spanish Lesson.
Let's start with the basics:
Escuela - School
Kinder/Jardin de Niños - Kindergarten
Guarderia - Daycare
(Escuela) Primaria - Elementary School
(Escuela) Secundaria* - Junior High
Preparatoria (Prepa)/Bachillerato - High School
Universidad - University
Colegio - Private School (Colegio in Mexico does not refer to college!)
*One of my biggest pet peeves when watching movies or TV shows dubbed in Spanish is when they refer to High School as Secundaria.
Young children, some as young as 3 years old, attend Kindergarten for 2 to 3 years, depending on how old they are. Some start with Primero de Kinder (First Grade). But some, mostly older kids, jump right into Segundo de Kinder (Second Grade). And all kids attend Tercero de Kinder (Third Grade).
Elementary Schools in Mexico are just like most schools in the U.S.
Primero = First grade
Segundo = Second grade
Tercero = Third grade
Cuarto = Fourth grade
Quinto = Fifth grade
Sexto = Sixth grade
When you start junior high, you don't continue with 7th, 8th and 9th grade. You start all over with First, Second and Third grade.
Primero (de Secundaria): 7th grade
Segundo (de Secundaria): 8th grade
Tercero (de Secundaria): 9th grade
Same with Prepa and Bachillerato. Although some schools divide the year into semesters.
10th grade = Primero (de Prepa) or Primer y Segundo Semestre
11th grade = Segundo (de Prepa) or Tercer y Cuarto Semestre
12th grade = Tercero (de Prepa) or Quinto y Sexto Semestre
Some schools have so many students that they offer morning and afternoon classes.
Turno Matutino = Morning classes
Turno Vespertino = Afternoon classes
Back to School Questions:
What grade are you in?
En que año estas (en la esuela)?
What school do you go to?
A que escuela vas?
Who is your teacher?
Quien es tu maestra/o?
Speaking of teachers...Did you know that in Mexico it is customary to call teachers by their first name?
There is so much more I could add to this list, but I think I'll save it for another day. I'll just add one more word for you moms and dads. It's where some of us will be spending our weekend and most of next week...
Papeleria - Office/School Supply store
Written by Leslie Limón