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Spanish Political & Election Vocabulary

Election time! For many people this is a very exciting time, and much of the news revolves around issues and vocabulary related to politics and voting. While politics may be a bad issue to bring up when you're traveling abroad...you'll find that many people will ask you questions about your political system, and it's nice to at least know the vocabulary - even if you plan to just say "no me gusta hablar de la pólitica..." (I don't like to talk about politics).

la política
político
gobierno
constitución
ciudadano
derechos
presidente
congreso
senado
diputado
senador
gobernador
votar
el voto
la elección
elegido
campaña
partido
encuesta
republicanos
demócratas
independientes
derechista
izquierdista
conservador
liberal
debate
candidato/nominee
delegado
colegio electoral
ideología
lobby

politics
politician
government
constitution
citizen
rights
president
congress
senate
congressman
senator
governor
to vote
the vote
the election
elected
campaign
party
poll
republicans
democrats
independents
right wing
left wing
conservative
liberal
debate
candidate
delegate
electoral college
ideology
lobby

Worksheet: Political Words in Spanish

Quiz: Spanish Political Words

Hangman: Political Vocabulary

Some Internet Links & Articles:

Why Spanish is the favored new language of politics

Bilingual Ballots in Spanish: a Mistranslation?


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