These are the Spanish names for some of the native animal species of Uruguay and southern Argentina.


el carpincho

el carpincho = capybara

el ciervo = deer

el jabalí = wild boar

el ñandú = rhea

el yacaré = type of South American alligator

el puma = cougar / puma

la mulita = armadillo

el lobo marino = sea lion

la foca = seal

el bagre = catfish

la trucha = trout

¿Qué es un jabalí? = What’s a jabalí?

Es un animal que tiene… = It’s an animal that has…

cuatro patas = four feet

una trompa = a trunk

cuernos = horns

una cola larga / corta = a short / long tail

orejas grandes = big ears

pelo largo / corto / marrón / gris = long / short / brown / grey fur

plumas = feather

espinas = spines

un pico = a beak

colmillos grandes = big fangs

un cuello / cuerpo largo = a long neck / body

Exercise: Write a description of the animals in the photos below and send them to us for correction!

Any questions? If you’re not sure about the content of today’s class or have something to add, leave us a comment below and we’ll get back to you. Your questions and comments will help other students too. Our Spanish immersion programs at La Herradura in Uruguay and Spain teach you an international form of Spanish, but the teachers are all native speakers and will offer guidance on local expressions and words.

Coming up next… Class 21 of 30: Sports | Los deportes


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