School supplies in Spanish: A vocabulary guide
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Everything is easier when you have the right tools, and school is no exception. Whether you are a student, a teacher, a parent, a shopkeeper, or just a curious language learner eager for knowledge, knowing the names of school supplies in Spanish is bound to come in handy.
That’s why in today’s post we bring you all the vocabulary you need to know about school supplies in Spanish. We’ll start with the basics and then move on to more specific ones like art supplies, electronics, and even teachers’ tools.
So, get out your pencil and notebook, and let’s start learning!
School Supplies – Los Útiles Escolares
First of all, how do you say school supplies in Spanish? Although in other contexts supplies can be translated in Spanish as suministros, when it comes to school supplies, we say los útiles escolares.
Now that we know how to say school supplies in Spanish, let’s continue with our vocab lessons, broken down into categories for quick reference.
Everyday supplies: Los útiles diarios
In this category you will basically find the supplies usually used on a regular basis, such as backpacks, books, pencils, and notebooks. Although it’s not so common in the United States to use uniforms, in Latin America most schools require them, so we include them here too.
|School supplies||Los útiles escolares|
|Texbook||El libro de texto|
|Notebook||El cuaderno, La libreta|
|Folder, Binder||La carpeta|
|Mechanical pencil||El portaminas|
|Pencil lead||La mina|
|Pen||El lapicero, El bolígrafo|
|Correction fluid, White-out||El corrector|
|Eraser||El borrador, La goma de borrar|
|Laptop||La portátil, La laptop|
|Backpack||La mochila, El morral|
|Pencil case||El estuche, La cartuchera|
Art supplies: Los materiales de arte
Although in art class we use many of the things we have already seen above, there are some that are more specific, such as brushes and paints. Let’s see the name of these art-specific school supplies in Spanish.
|Art supplies||Los materiales de arte|
|Colored pencils||Los lápices de colores, Los colores|
|Paint brush||El pincel|
|Modeling clay||La plastilina|
|Colored paper||El papel de colores|
|Construction paper||La cartulina fina, El carboncillo|
|Glue||El pegamento, La pega, La goma|
|Tape||La cinta adhesiva|
|Sketchbook||El bloc de dibujo|
Math and science supplies: Los materiales de matemática y ciencia
Some of the items in this category tend to stay in school, such as chemistry supplies. Nonetheless, it is very useful for students, teachers and parents to know how to name these school supplies in Spanish.
|Math and science supplies||Los materiales de matemática y ciencia|
|Set of triangle rulers||El juego de escuadras|
|Drawing compass||El compás|
|Test tube||El tubo de ensayo|
|Measuring cups||Las tazas medidoras|
|Glass beaker||El vaso de precipitado|
|Goggles||Las gafas de protección|
Teacher supplies: Los materiales para profesores
Teachers also need their tools to do a good job. Since we are done with the supplies for students, let’s take a look at the list of school supplies for teachers. And if you’re a parent or teacher, you may also be interested in our post on tú commands in Spanish to help you out with the kids in class!
|Teacher supplies||Los materiales para profesores|
|Whiteboard, Chalkboard||La pizarra|
|Bulletin board||La cartelera|
|Post-it notes||Las post-it, Las notas adhesivas|
|Hole punch, Paper puncher||La perforadora de papel|
|Stapler||La grapadora, La engrapadora|
|Staple remover||El sacagrapas|
|Label maker, Label printer||La rotuladora|
Now, you’re all ready to go back to school, aren’t you? You surely now know how to name most school supplies in Spanish once you get to class. How about a quick review before the bell rings?
The first thing we learned today was simply how to say school supplies in Spanish: los útiles escolares. Then we covered them in four groups: everyday, art, math and science, and teacher supplies.
Now you have a pretty comprehensive set of vocabulary lists that you can come back to whenever you need. Share it with your students if you’re a teacher, or with your classmates and teachers if you’re a student!
That’s it for today. We hope you enjoyed this post and see you next time! ¡Sigue aprendiendo! – Keep learning!