As an added challenge this week, I wanted to write a column completely in English. Do the best you can, and if you have difficulty understanding a word or you think you need something explained, ask a native speaker to help you; it’s a great way to start a conversation.

Most students do not like tests which is understandable. However, tests are a great way to learn. Sometimes, we don’t even realize what we don’t know until we are tested. So, I have a test for you. The objective of a test is to show you what you know and what you don’t know, but more importantly a test is meant to provide you with an opportunity to learn from your mistakes and reinforce what you know.

Are you up for the challenge? Frustration is not an option. Focus on what you know not what you don’t know. Good luck!

I. Each sentence has an extra word which must be removed. Can you find it?

  1. John woke up early this morning and called to his friend Paul.

  2. For to speak English very well, you must practice every day.

  3. My sister she is going to go to Mexico during her summer vacation.

  4. I love to study the past history of the United States.

  5. After school we are to going home.

  6. Can you please tell me where the hospital is at?

  7. After it stops raining, we can will be able to start the game.

  8. I normally go to the bed at 11:00 pm.

  9. The friendship is more important to him than anything else.

  10. An intelligence is required if you want to be a surgeon.

II. Match the English verb with the corresponding Spanish verb.

  1. change a. bostezar

  2. bite b. topezar

  3. delay c. cumplir

  4. must d. morder

  5. yawn e. apurarse

  6. grieve f. retrasar

  7. approach g. acercarse

  8. stumble h. cambiar

  9. dwell i. habitar

  10. fulfill j. deber

III. Put the verbs in the correct form.

  1. Have you ever (be) to a professional hockey game?

  2. Yesterday, my mother wanted me to go to the store and (buy) __ milk.

  3. Next week, the teacher might (ask) _ you to give your oral report.

  4. When (be) _ you going to buy a new car?

  5. They have never (eat) _ anything so delicious.

  6. I hate it when he (give) us a lot of homework.

  7. Right now, I am (talk) with my business partner.

  8. Steve didn’t (get) _ the promotion he wanted.

  9. He doesn’t know if he can (work) tomorrow.

  10. When I was a young boy, my father and I (fly) _ to Africa.

IV. Can you find the correct translation for each sentence?

  1. I have eaten. a. Yo estoy comiendo.

  2. I ate. b. Yo como.

  3. I am eating. c. Yo he comido.

  4. I would have eaten. d. Yo estaba comiendo.

  5. I eat. e. Yo comí.

  6. I was eating. f. Yo habría comido.

  7. I had eaten. g. Yo había comido.

  8. I will eat. h. Comamos.

  9. I am going to eat. i. Yo voy a comer.

  10. Let’s eat. j. Yo comeré.

Congratulations! You have completed the test. The answers are provided. Don’t be afraid to ask someone for help if you are having a hard time. Help is available, just ask for it!


I. 1) to 2) for 3) she 4) past 5) to 6) at 7) can 8) the 9) the 10) an

II. 1) h 2) c 3) f 4) j 5) a 6) e 7) g 8) b 9) i 10) c

III. 1) been 2) buy 3) ask 4) are 5) eaten 6) gives 7) talking 8) get 9) work 10) flew

IV. 1) c 2) e 3) a 4) f 5) b 6) d 7) g 8) j 9) i 10) h

Persistence overcomes resistance.