Spanish Vocabulary: Computer & Technology Terms

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Instructor: Chris Travis
In this lesson, you will learn vocabulary related to computers and technology. You will review the vocabulary, listen in on a conversation with a computer repair woman, and work with important expressions to form your own sentences.

Some Basic Computer and Technology Terms

In this lesson, we'll review vocabulary related to computers and technology in its natural context as we meet Osvaldo and get a tour of his home office and listen to him speak with a computer technician. In order to study the vocabulary well and in a natural context, we will have to work with some verbs as well, which will generally be in the present tense. There will also be a couple of examples of the past tense, both preterite and imperfect. But, let's start with a list of vocabulary - Vamos a empezar con unas palabras de vocabulario:

  • Computer: la computadora (in Spain, the preferred word is ordenador, but computadora is accepted across the majority of the Spanish-speaking world)
  • Keyboard: el teclado
  • Wireless mouse: el ratón inalámbrico
  • Screen: la pantalla
  • Printer: la impresora
  • File: fichero or archivo
  • Email: correo electrónico
  • Computer Science: la informática
  • Internet: la red or la Internet
  • Password: la contraseña
  • System: el sistema
  • Webpage: la página web
  • Virus: el virus

Now, Osvaldo, a creative writer, is going to give us a quick tour of his home office:

Hola, yo soy Osvaldo y tengo una oficina en mi casa. Después de estudiar la informática en la universidad, escribo cuentos cortos y guiones para algunos videojuegos. He writes his own short stories, and he writes scripts for video games!

Cuando entramos en mi oficina, primero vemos mi computadora y la impresora. Como puedes ver, tengo una pantalla grande, un ratón inalámbrico y un teclado de tamaño normal. No es un laptop porque necesito escribir mucho y trabajo mucho en mi oficina. Tengo mi propia página web y necesito enviar mucho correo electrónico. Pero, mi sistema no tiene una contraseña. A veces, eso me preocupa.

Let's review what we just heard. Looking at the word bank displayed, which words did you hear (in order)? Try to say them out loud before I do! Vamos a ver, escuchamos las siguientes palabras: impresora, pantalla, contraseña. Muy bien.

Putting the Vocabulary into Use

Can we form some sentences with those same three words? What if I gave you the verbs imprimir (to print), actualizar (to refresh, update), encender (to turn on), and entrar (to enter)? ?Qué necesita hacer Osvaldo? Sort out the jumbled words to form a sentence about what he needs to do. For example, if you see documentos / exportar / necesitar / todos, you would say Osvaldo necesita exportar todos los documentos. You may have to add little words like de, en, para, y, el, los, etc.

1. necesitar / impresora / imprimir / informe importante

Osvaldo necesita imprimir el informe importante en la impresora.

2. necesitar / pantalla / actualizarla / después / encender

Osvaldo necesita encender la pantalla y después actualizarla.

3. necesitar / contraseña / para tener / entrar / acceso / fichero privado

Osvaldo necesita entrar la contraseña para tener acceso al fichero privado.

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