Spanish Travel and Airplane Activities

March 30, 2011 · Posted in SPANISH CLASS NOW, Travel, spanish speaking activities · Comment 

Learning how to communicate on a flight is vital.  Spanish learners who have some conversational basics are ready to learn airplane and air travel vocabulary and basic phrases.  As always, develop assessments at the very beginning of planning a unit so that you teach exactly what students will e assessed on.  Here is a big assessment, making a video about a flight, and a small vocabulary and verb review.

Enter in your own point values for the Video Skit, or come up with values as a class.

Spanish Video Skit on A Flight

Spanish Flight Activity or Assessment

Spanish World Cup Vocabulary

www.foreignlanguagehouse.comZakumi el Leopardo- La Copa Mundial 2010

The World Cup Soccer Tournament, or La Copa Mundial, is almost here!  Beginning on June 11, or el once de junio, the most exciting and most-viewed sporting event in the world takes place in South Africa, or Sudáfrica.  The excitement of La Mundial 2010 is impossible to describe.  La Mundial inspires national patriotism in Spanish-speaking countries like nothing else.  Check out the glorious Spanish language site (

Spanish World Cup Vocabulary

  • el equipo= the team
  • el jugador= the player
  • el estadio= the stadium
  • el campo= the field
  • el balón= the ball
  • los espectadores= the spectators
  • jugar= to play
  • lanzar, and patear= to kick
  • bloquear= to block
  • cabecear= to head (the ball)
  • correr= to run
  • ganar= to win
  • perder= to lose

Use a web-quest, or internet scavenger hunt, to make your way through the FIFA site. Soccer picture flashcards and games really score goals too.

Spanish Activities for Black History Month: the Caribbean

Such a significant part of the world’s Spanish speaking population has African heritage.  Spanish is the first language of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. All three islands have strong cultural ties to Africa that came to the islands with African slaves brought by the Spaniards as early as the 1600′s.

Island Geography to teach Language

Spanish is learned best in a clear context, or background.  Geography is ideal because it is so visual and concrete.  Here are some of the Spanish components that can be learned:

  • higher numbers: demographic, population, & physical geography figures
  • directions: el norte, el sur, el este, el oeste
  • ecosystems: la selva (the jungle), las montañas, la playa (the beach), los valles (the valleys)
  • weather: el tiempo, hace calor (it’s hot), llueve (it rains), it’s sunny (hace sol)
  • descriptions: grande, peque
  • comparisons
  • water sports

So many possibilities!  Click here to see a Spanish Geography Unit: Cuba, La República Dominicana, y Puerto Rico

Learning Spanish Vocabulary-Summer’s End at the Beach

September 2, 2008 · Posted in Mexico, Spanish Vocabulary, Travel · 2 Comments 
Surfboard- la tabla de surf

Surfboard- la tabla de surf

Learning Spanish Vocabulary: the Beach, Surfing, and Punta Mita Beach Trip

Did you get one last beach trip in?  ¿Una excursion a la playa? Even if you didn’t, here’s an end of summer tribute to beautiful beaches, playas bellas, and surfers everywhere.

Concrete Vocabulary
La playa- the beach
El mar- the sea
El océano-the ocean
Las olas- the waves
El sol- the sun
Hace sol- it’s sunny
Hace calor-it’s hot

Está- is located or is temporarily
Hace-does or makes
Se cae-falls
Se levanta-stands up
Hace el surf- surfs


Punta Mita  está en México.  Hay muchas playas bellas en Punta Mita.  Hace sol y hace calor en Punta Mita.  La Sra. Fortín va a Punta Mita.  La Sra. Fortín nada en el mar.  La Sra. Fortín hace surf.  La Sra. Fortín se cae.  Finalmente, Lar Sra. Fortín se levanta y hace el surf.

Can you figure out what this means?  Read it again, or another time and give yourself a chance. **See below for the English translation.

English Translation: Punta Mita is in Mexico.  There are many beautiful beaches in Punta Mita. It’s sunny and its hot in Punta Mita.  Mrs. Fortin goes to Punta Mita.  Mrs. Fortin swims in the sea. Mrs. Fortin surfs.  Mrs. Fortin falls. Finally, Mrs. Fortin stands up and surfs.

Las olas- the waves

Las olas- the waves

My husband and I went to Punta Mita, Mexico located on the western coast on the Pacific. It’s off of the beaten path in nearby Puerto Vallarta, and the ocean is a deep azure with grainy, beige beaches with mild surf. The area beach icon is the palapa, or a thatched hut. Several restaurants are even built under a huge palapas beachside.

  • I did take my very successful first surfing lesson from a cool Dude named Fox (Foh-x), and we ate fantastic Mexican food:
  • Tortillas de maíz
  • huevos con childe verde-eggs with green chile
  • sopas
  • Salsas
  • Pescado-fish
  • Quesadillas (keh-sah-dee-yahs)
  • Jugos de fruta- fruit juice.  Divine combinations like guava-orange, papaya-watermelon

I can never get enough of Mexico.  Hasta la vista.  Until I see Her again.

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