Animals: Mammals in Spanish

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Welcome to the Spanish lesson of the day. Animals, Mammals in Spanish:  MAMMALS(MAMÍFEROS) and SEA MAMMALS (MAMÍFEROS DEL MAR). 

 

I want you to be excited to learn, so I am going to throw you a bone. Let’s start off easy, building our confidence with a COGNATE LIST. These are the Spanish names of animals that you won’t struggle to translate from English. I am so confident; I may not bother putting up ‘how to remembers’ because ahem…cognates typically sound alike and are sometimes written alike.

 

TIP: PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE! Just because words are written similarly does not mean they are necessarily pronounced the same, cognate or not! Go over pronunciation and watch out for accent marks over vowels, THEY ARE THERE FOR A DAMN REASON!

 

THE TAME COGNATE LIST FOR MAMMALS IN SPANISH

 

BUFFALO = EL BÚFALO

 

Practically the same word.

 

TIP: When saying the Spanish, BÚFALO, don’t forget the accent over the ‘U.’ It should almost sound like you are gently trying to scare someone before the last two syllables. The word sounds more like BOO!-FA-LO.

 

How to remember EL BÚFALO / another tip:

Hopefully, you are aware of the CaRoLiNa trick for learning Spanish. As a general rule, you may only double the letters C – R – L – N in a word.

 

You do not double the F (FF) when writing in Spanish. Thus BUFFALO in Spanish would be BÚFALO.

 

CAMEL = EL CAMELLO

 

TIP: THE ‘LL’ Sound in Spanish sounds like a ‘Y.’ As in the ‘Y’ of  YOYO.

 

How to remember EL CAMELLO:

Hey! Hey you! What are you doing over there next to my CAMEL? Get away from there! That is my CAMEL YO! (CAMELLO)

 

CAT = EL GATO

 

How to remember EL GATO:

You really don’t want to let your dog mess with my CAT. I got a tough CAT. It has been through things. I found him in the GHETTO (GATO) outside my Spanish class.  The GHETTO GATO.

 

CHIMPANZEE = EL CHIMPANCÉ

 

How to remember EL CHIMPANCÉ / a tip:

Hopefully, you are aware of the CaRoLiNa trick for learning Spanish. As a general rule, you may only double the letters C – R – L – N in a Spanish word.

 

You do not double the E (EE) when writing in Spanish. Thus CHIMPANZEE in Spanish would be EL CHIMPANCÉ.

 

CROCODILE = EL COCODRILO

 

How to remember EL COCODRILO:

The two words are cognates, but I tend to confuse the pronunciation until I remember:

 

I could never break open a COCOnut. I would either need strong JAWS like a CROCODILE. Or buy a COCO- DRILL (COCODRILO).

 

DINOSAUR = EL DINOSAURIO

 

How to remember EL DINOSAURIO:

DINO the DINOSAUR is the only one left of his kind because he was saved by brave animals when the asteroids hit. That day, DINO SAW HEROES (DINOSAURIO)

 

DOLPHIN = EL DELFÍN

 

How to remember EL DELFÍN:

To build a machine that swims through the water, we are building a suit that is the replica of a DOLPHIN. To finish, we just need a moDEL FIN. After THE FIN, We will have everyone in the world swimming like DOLPHINS.

 

DRAGON = EL DRAGÓN

 

How to remember EL DRAGÓN:

When you are mythical as a DRAGON is, you don’t change anything about your name.

 

ELEPHANT = EL ELEFANTE

 

How to remember EL ELEFANTE:

We should celebrate. For being the largest land creatures, all ELEPHANTS deserve their own ELE – FAN – DAY! (ELEFANTE)

 

FALCON = EL HALCÓN

 

How to remember EL HALCÓN:

The Atlanta FALCONS will never be a Super Bowl winning team until they draft some brutAL CORNers (HALCÓN). Defense wins championships.

 

GAZELLE = LA GACELA  

 

How to remember LA GACELA:

I just can’t afford to keep this GAZELLE as a pet anymore. You just imagine one eating up all your grass. I have GOT to SELL HER (GACELA).

 

GIRAFFE = LA JIRAFA

 

TIP: Remember that the JOTA (The Spanish letter ‘J’) is pronounced with a throaty sound.

 

How to remember LA JIRAFA:

Have you noticed that the letter ‘J’ has a long neck. It is the GIRAFFE of the English alphabet. Makes sense that JIRAFA would begin with the letter ‘J.’

 

Giraffes from reach things, with their long necks, from AFAR (JIRAFA).

 

GORILLA = EL GORILA

 

How to remember EL GORILA:

Have you been to the zoo to see ELY (L), the one-legged GORILLA? With one Leg, I always remember to spell his name with one ‘L.’ Just like you would if you wanted to say the Spanish word, GORILA.

 

Just imagine a one-legged gorilla swinging from tree to tree! Good luck trying to forget that.

 

HIPPOPOTAMUS = EL HIPOPÓTAMO

 

How to remember EL HIPOPÓTAMO:

Hi. I am a HIPPO. And I have a strange love of POTS. You should always imagine me hugging a pot tightly. Guess you can call me. HIPO – POT – AMOr

 

HYENA = LA HIENA

 

TIP: I know HIENA looks practically the same as HYENA, and you are thinking about pronouncing the ‘H’ in the Spanish translation like you would in English. But the H rule in Spanish states that when you see the `H,’ don’t say it. You ignore it. It is probably the least enunciated letter in the Spanish language.

 

HIENA is not pronounced HIGH-EH -NA. The Spanish HIENA is said as, EE – EH – NA.

 

How to remember HIENA:

YO! Don’t mess with Simba. HE AINT A (HIENA) normal lion today. He ate a HYENA for breakfast yesterday. The Hyena had it coming to be fair.

 

KANGAROO = EL CANGURO

 

How to remember EL CANGURO:

You will never believe what I saw today! While driving around Australia, I saw a KANGAROO the size of a tree! It was Scary. Lucky I made it hope safe. Did you know that KANGAROOS CAN GROW (CANGURO) that tall?

 

KOALA = EL KOALA

 

How to remember EL KOALA:

Exactly the same! KOALA’s have to be the most relaxed animals. They don’t even bother making you change their name as you go from English to Spanish.

 

PENGUIN = EL PINGÜINO

 

How to remember EL PINGÜINO:

PING-PING, the PENGUIN has been sad lately. But today he caught a fish. Now he is skipping around like the PING-PING WE KNOW (PINGÜINO).

 

BABOON = EL BABUINO

 

How to remember EL BABUINO:

I purposefully placed BABUINO after PENGÜINO because, duh! They are similar.

 

The adorable PINGÜINO beat up the BABOON so badly, the BABOON had to change half its name, thus becoming BABUINO.  A deal is a deal.

 

LION = EL LEÓN

 

How to remember EL LEÓN:

If you zodiac sign is LEÓ (LEÓN), you probably have very strong character like that of a LION.

 

Firs,t they were kings of the jungle, now they are kings of the castle. These lazy LIONS from DUBAI just want a nice bed to LAY ON (LEÓN).

 

LEOPARD = EL LEOPARDO

 

TEACHABLE MOMENT: Another way of saying the color brown in SPANISH is PARDO. Remember this and LEOPARDO should be easy to remember.

 

How to remember EL LEOPARDO:

Have you noticed that a LEOPARD look like a LION (LEÓN) with dark PARDO (BROWN) spots? (LEOPARDO)

 

CHEETAH = LA CHITA // GUEPARDO

 

How to remember LA CHITA / a tip:
The CaRoLiNa trick for learning Spanish. As a general rule, you may only double the letters C – R – L – N in a Spanish word.

You do not double the E (EE) when writing in Spanish. Thus CHEETAH in spanish would be CHITA.

 

Wow! You were right! CHEETAHS are the fastest land creature. There is nothing to arGUE, PARDOn me (GUEPARDO).

 

LLAMA = LA LLAMA

 

How to remember LA LLAMA:

Exactly the same! Except that the phonetic pronunciation of the double L (LL) in Spanish sounds like the ‘Y’ of ‘YOYO.’

 

LYNX = EL LINCE

 

How to remember EL LINCE:

Not only is it an extremely skilled predator, but a LYNX also has an incredibly sharp sense of hearing. If you do not want to be attacked around a LYNX, SAY (LINCE) nothing.

 

MANATEE = MANATÍ

 

How to remember MANATÍ / a tip:
The CaRoLiNa trick for learning Spanish. As a general rule, you may only double the letters C – R – L – N in a Spanish word.

 

If you consider that the Spanish language does not typically use the double ‘E’ (EE) in a word, while also realizing that the English double ‘E’ is pronounced like the Spanish ‘I,’ you should have no problem remembering that MANATEE means MANATÍ.

 

ORCA//KILLER WHALE = ORCA

 

How to remember ORCA:
Exactly the same! Another way to refer to a KILLER WHALE in English is to refer to them as ORCAS. Nothing to remember here, KILLER WHALE is exactly ORCA in Spanish.

 

 

PANDA = EL PANDA

 

How to remember EL PANDA:

Exactly the same! But be careful. EL.  PANDA is a masculine word.

 

PELICAN = EL PELÍCANO

 

How to remember EL PELÍCANO:

You can be trusted to remember that PELICAN has the extra ‘O’ in Spanish, NO? (PELÍCANO)

 

RAT = LA RATA

 

How to remember LA RATA:

Why can’t all RATS be more like RATAtouille. They should make their own food instead of stealing mine.

 

RHINOCEROS = EL RINOCERONTE

 

How to remember EL RINOCERONTE:

Her memory has not been the same since she got hit by a RHINOCEROS. Every day she spends time with her family in hopes of remembering something. Try not to bother her as she RE-KNOWS-HER-AUNTY.

 

TIGER = EL TIGRE

 

How to remember EL TIGRE:

TIGERS are classy. The stripes of a TIGRESS are like it’s dress. Without them, a TIGER would look dull and GREY. A TIGRESS would be a TOO-GREY (EL TIGRE).

 

ZEBRA = LA CEBRA

 

How to remember LA CEBRA:

I love the diversity of animals in this world. We all seem to have evolved stealing genetic bits from each other. Like how a horse can have a tiger’s stripes, making a ZEBRA. I look at nature and SAY BRAvo. (CEBRA)

 

THE WILD NON-COGNATE LIST FOR MAMMALS IN SPANISH


BAT = EL MURCIÉLAGO

 

TIP: Don’t forget that the letter ‘U’ is pronounced more like ‘OO’ in English. As in the sound the vowels make when you say ‘SCHOOL.’

 

The ‘MU’ in MURCIÉLAGO starts of with the sound of s cow. MOO – RCIÉLAGO.

 

How to remember MURCIÉLAGO:

I have always loved the brand Lamborghini for making beautiful cars. But they outdid themselves with the MURCIÉLAGO. Even BATman would be desperate for one of those. I can see him now driving up to the BAT signal in his cool new MURCIÉLAGO.

 


BEAR = OSO

 

How to remember EL OSO:

Geez, willikers Batman! That bear is headed straight for us. That BEAR is OH SO scary.

 


BEAVER = EL CASTOR

 

How to remember EL CASTOR:

Is that crazy BEAVER wearing a CAST OR am I imagining things?

Nope, you are not imagining it. A branch fell on it while it was nibbling on a tree, now it has to wear a CAST OR (CASTOR) be in pain.

 


BULL = EL TORO

 

How to remember EL TORO:

Want to remember how to say BULL in Spanish? Zodiac signs again to the rescue. Are you aware that TAURUS (TORO) is a BULL?

 

He is a TAURUS (TORO), maybe that is why he is full of BULL.

 


COUGAR = EL PUMA

 

It may be easier to remember that  in the Spanish language, you may refer to Cougars, PUMAS and Panthers as LOS PUMAS. Three for one special here.

 


COW = LA VACA

 

How to remember LA VACA:

We are a simple sort of people. On our VACAtions we like to spend time on the farm with our COWS.

 


DEER = EL VENADO // EL CIERVO

 

How to remember EL VENADO:

The meat of a DEER is called VENISON THOUGH (VENADO) I have never tried it.

 

He SERVED MORE (CIERVO) VENISON than hot dogs at his barbecue.

 


DOG = EL PERRO

 

TIP: For this reminder, it will help to know that the Spanish word for the conjunction, ‘BUT’ is ‘PERO’

 

How to remember EL PERRO:

I would love to have a DOG PERO (PERRO), my girlfriend prefers cats.

 

BONUS: If you can hold on to this lesson in you mind, you may also be able to remember that the house of a DOG in English is called a KENNEL, but in Spanish, it is much easier, it is LA PERRERA (The PERRO-AREA)

 


FOX = EL ZORRO


How to remember EL ZORRO:

AH! Now I get why the masked man from Spanish California was called ZORRO.

The one with the pointy sword, always carving ‘Z’s’ into people’s chest?

Yes. That is him! He was called ZORRO because you couldn’t catch him, he was sly like a FOX!


GOAT = LA CABRA

 

How to remember LA CABRA:

It becomes a whole lot easier to remember that the Spanish word for GOAT is CABRA, when you realize that it is the zodiac sign, CAPRIcorn. CABRAcorn doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as smoothly.

 

TEACHABLE MOMENT: The way you call someone as A**HOLE in spanish is to say CABRÓN (From CABRA). Which makes all the sense in the world because when was the last time you met a polite GOAT?

 


HORSE = EL CABALLO

 

TEACHABLE MOMENT: The ‘V’ sound in Spanish, sounds a lot more like the English ‘B.’ Remember this and this following mnemonic should help you remember how to say HORSE in Spanish.

 

How to remember EL CABALLO:

You have to be pretty CAVALIER (CABALLO) to ride the a musketeer’s HORSE.

 

LIZARD = EL LARGATO

 

TEACHABLE MOMENT: LARGO is Spanish for LONG. Nope. Nope. Nope. LARGO does not mean large. FALSE FRIEND ALERT! Large in spanish is GRANDE. And LARGO in English is LONG.

 

TIP: For the next sentence to make sense, you need to remember that the spanish word for CAT is still GATO.

 

How to remember EL LARGATO:

We all know AL-LIGATORS (EL LARGATO) look like LONG (LARGO) LIZARDS.

But Lizards look nothing like LARGE CATS (LARGE-GATO –> LARGATO)

 

MONKEY = EL MONO

 

How to remember EL LARGATO:

It makes sense that India would have a MONOpoly on bananas. They have so much of them, maybe that is why they have so many MONKEYS.

 


MOOSE = EL ALCE

 

How to remember EL ALCE:

I’LL SAY (ALCE)  that is the largest MOOSE I have ever seen But it also happens to be the first MOOSE I have ever seen.

 


MOUSE = EL RATÓN

 

How to remember EL RATÓN:

What do you mean you can’t tell the difference? A rat is generally bigger, meaner and uglier than a MOUSE. Rats are truly terrifying. A MOUSE is really a RAT UNder (RATÓN) control.

 

TEACHABLE MOMENT: The MOUSE for a computer is also called a RATÓN in Spanish.

 


OTTER = LA NUTRIA

 

How to remember LA NUTRIA:

OTTERS are adorable and intelligent animals. With webbed feet, they can swim in water. They steer with their large tails. They are also famous for their incredible appetite. Since they are always eating, it is safe to say they aren’t lacking NUTRIents (NUTRIA)

 

There goes an OTTER eating the brand NEW TREE HERE (NUTRIA)

 


OX = EL BUEY

 

How to remember EL BUEY:

The OX, a member of the BOVINE family, was once used as the Best WAY (BUEY) to farm.


PIG = EL CERDO

 

How to remember EL CERDO:

When it comes to food, a CREDO (CERDO) of Muslims and Jews is not to eat PIG. We are going to have plenty of starving dignitaries from the Middle East at this dinner. The SIRs, THOUGH (CERDO) hungry , will not accept PIG.


PORCUPINE = EL PUERCO ESPÍN

 

How to remember EL PUERCO ESPÍN:

Have you ever taken a look at the face of a PORCUPINE? It looks like PORK (PUERCO) and PINES (ESPÍN). (EL PUERCO ESPÍN)

 


PORPOISE = LA MARSOPA

 

How to remember LA MARSOPA:

There is a theory that says the PORPOISE grew to be a much fatter than dolphins because they were accustomed to having MORE SUPPER (MARSOPA).

 

RABBIT = CONEJO

 

TIP: This next sentence only works if you already know that the english word, WITH, means CON, in spanish.

 

How to remember LA MARSOPA:

As a RABBIT lover, I believe in setting them free instead of trapping them in a cage. I have been digging holes for them in my backyard CON-A-HOE (CONEJO).

 


REINDEER = EL RENO

 

How to remember EL RENO:

No way I am letting Santa Claus land on my roof with his REINDEERS again. Those things get  rowdy on the roof. I would have to RENOvate again.

 

SEAL = LA FOCA

 

How to remember LA FOCA:

Have you ever been to a SEAL show, the FOCAl point of the event is always when they jump through the hoops.

 

The U.S navy SEALS are the best trained military unit on the planet. They are FOCAlized to accomplish their missions.

 

Have you ever tried to open the SEAL of a pickle jar?  Whoever makes them is mean and does not give a FOCA!

 

SEALION = EL LEÓN MARINO

 

How to remember EL LEÓN MARINO:

As its name says, a SEALION is nothing more than a LION (LEÓN) OF THE MARINE. (LEÓN MARINO)

 


SNAKE = LA SERPIENTE

 

How to remember LA SERPIENTE:

Am I to believe that the reason most people don’t like SNAKES is because Eve fell for the trick of a SERPENT (SERPIENTE) in the Garden of Eden? Hmm… I think it’s more because they are have a poisonous bite and crawl on their bellies.

 

SHEEP = LA OVEJA

 

How to remember LA OVEJA:

I really don’t like my boss! She only pays attention to you if you OBEY HER (OVEJA). We are like SHEEP to her.

 


SKUNK = LA MOFETA // ZORRILLO

 

How to remember LA MOFETA:

I like the tangy flavor of FETA cheese, but I cannot stomach the smell. It stinks like a SKUNK. From now on, I will be eating no MORE FETA (MOFETA).

 


SLOTH = OSO PEREZOSO

 

TEACHABLE MOMENT: PEREZOSO in English means LAZY. And what animal do you know is lazier than a sloth? None.

 

And of course, OSO still means bear.

 

How to remember OSO PEREZOSO:

Perez, the SLOTH, is OH SO, OH SO lazy. I had to repeat OH SO twice for the emphasis. OH SO PEREZ OH SO lazy! (OSO PEREZOSO)

 


SQUIRREL = LA ARDILLA

 

How to remember LA ARDILLA:

We have A DEAL YA (ARDILLA)? If I can run faster than that SQUIRREL, you have to move out of my neighborhood.

 

NOTE: For this one, you need to remember that DAY in Spanish means DIA.

 

I really don’t like being a person anymore, I’d prefer to be a SQUIRREL. They never seem to have a HARD DIA (ARDILLA) . They just climb tress, find nuts and o to sleep, what could be better?

 

Now when you see a squirrel, remember how awesome their lives are.

 


TIGER = EL TIGRE

 

How to remember EL TIGRE:

What a well behaved TIGER you have here. It isn’t trying to eat me or anything. It’s posh too. I told it I liked black tea, it said it preferred its TEA GREY (TIGRE).

 


WOLF = EL LOBO

 

How to remember EL LOBO:

Do you know how you turn a WOLF into a pet? By giving it a LOBOtomy. I know it is a LOW BLOW (LOBO) but it is the only way to tame  them, the are not like dogs.

 

WALRUS = LA MORSA

 

How to remember LA MORSA:

It is because of people like you that WALRUSES are becoming extinct. You keep hunting them for their tusks and son there will be no more MORE SIR (MORSA) .

 


WHALE = LA BELLENA

 

How to remember LA BELLENA:

He does not play often because he is not the best player at Real MAdrid. But Gareth BALE is the best footballer in WALES (WHALES). His fans want BALE IN A (BALLENA) new team.

Bayo

Bayo is a digital content creator who works on behalf of various businesses and B&K Mag. He expresses his gratitude to everyone who has played a part in his professional and personal growth. Photography, travel and directing videos were an accidental passion but being a writer for Bonds and Kindness has always been the dream. He hopes you enjoy the site, you are the reason it exists.

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