Spanish Descriptions or Adjectives Podcast

A few, basic Spanish adjectives commonly used for descriptions.

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Spanish World Cup Vocabulary

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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 FIFA.com. (

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 April Fool’s Fun

April Fool’s Day in Spanish?  Sure, there is fun to be had. But the true Fool’s Day in the Hispanic world is December 28th, el Día de los Inocentes.  So bring el Día de los Inocentes into April and have some fun!

Fool’s Day Spanish Vocabulary

  • bromar= to joke
  • la broma= the joke
  • el chiste= the joke
  • engañar= to fool
  • el engañado= the fooled one
  • prestar= to lend
  • devolver= to return an object

History & Culture

El Día de los Inocentes, or Day of the Innocents, commemorates the biblical tragedy of the massacre of male infants ordered by King Herod. Hispanic culture has interpreted the tragedy in a way to make it less so.  Los Inocentes became those fooled by pranksters.

In another specific practice, lending- prestar- and returning- devolver have become central to pranks in Mexico. If you lend something out in Mexico, you may not get it back for a while.  If you do, you’ll get a traditional note with candies and treats. In Spain media hoaxes take place on December 28th.

Click Spanish Fool’s Day Freebie for your free printable handout.

Practical Applications

Practice your Spanish with lending and returning activities!  Bring in some fun with candy and treats upon returning borrowed items.  For Fool’s Day activities, click here.

It’s Oscar time in Spanish

The excitement and oohing and ahhing of the Academy Awards is here.  Spanish learners need current, relevant topics like the Oscars to use Spanish in Every Day Spanish.  The word BEST is used so much during the Oscars, why not practice MEJOR in Spanish?

Remember that mejor means best for the singular, and mejores is used for the plural.

Here is some Academy Awards Spanish Vocabulary for the Oscars

  • el mejor actor= best actor
  • el mejor actor secundario= best supporting actor
  • la mejor actriz= best actriz
  • la mejor actriz secundaria= best actrice
  • la mejor película= best movie
  • el mejor guión= the best screenplay

Click HERE for a Spanish Academy Awards 2010 set of activities.

Winter Olympics Spanish Vocabulary

February 21, 2010 · Posted in Middle School Spanish · Comment 

The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, or los Juegos Olímpicos, are in full swing.  Practice speaking or learning Spanish vocabulary with the excitement of the Winter Games, or los Juegos del Invierno.

Conversational Practice

Here is a general, practical question to pose to a friend: ¿Qué deporte prefieres? The simple answer starts with Prefiero . . . . . and then you can add on from the list of Spanish Olympic Sports below.

  • el esquí alpino= downhill skiing
  • surfear de nieve= snowboarding
  • el esquí al fondo= cross country, or Nordic skiing
  • el patinaje artístico= figure skating
  • el salto con esquís= ski jumping
  • el patinaje de velocidad= speed skating

Click HERE for some Spanish activities based on the Winter 2010 Olympics.

Carnaval is here!

The most fun is to be had with Carnaval! Know what Carnaval in Spanish speaking countries is?  It’s the Spanish version of Mardi Gras, but each of the twenty Spanish speaking countries has its own interpretation and cultural touches, or flourishes.  For a few days before the first Tuesday of February parades, parties, dances, and often costumes and masks take over.  Carnaval celebrants celebrate in a big way before the austere season of Lent begins and lasts until Easter Sunday.  Click this link for a Carnaval Lesson for secondary students.  Click this link for a Carnaval lesson for younger learners.

Here is some basic Carnaval Vocabulary

  • el desfile= the parade
  • la carroza= the float
  • los papelitos= confetti
  • la disfraz= costume
  • la máscara= the mask
  • el baile= the dance party

A great song performance about Carnaval

Spanish Verbs & American Football

January 29, 2010 · Posted in Middle School Spanish, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary · Comment 

Yes, it can be done. Combining Spanish grammar with fun content like American football just makes the process of learning and acquiring Spanish better. Learners remember interesting, relevant, or unusual contexts for the Spanish that is presented tot hem.  And the Super Bowl, or Súper Bol, is almost here!  Here are some Spanish Super Bol terms:

El Súper Bol

  • el jugador= the player
  • el equipo= the team
  • el entrenador= the coach
  • el estadio- the stadium
  • el campo- the field
  • el tanto= the score
  • lanza= he throws
  • patea= he kicks
  • atrapa= he catches
  • bloquea= he blocks

Click here for Spanish Verbs & American Football Printables.

Learn Spanish Body Parts & Celebrate a Fall Festival

El espantapájaros

El espantapájaros

For those who don’t participate in Halloween, Fall Festival activities are just as much fun, or moreso.  Learn about the face parts in Spanish with a friendly jack o lantern, or una calabaza or una linterna. Label body parts on a scarecrow, or un espantapájaros.

Face Vocabulary- las partes de la cara

  • los ojos- the eyes
  • la nariz- the nose
  • la boca- the mouth
  • the smile- la sonrisa

Basic Body Parts- las partes del cuerpo

  • la cabeza- the head
  • the neck- el cuelllo
  • the shoulders- los hombros
  • the stomach- el estómago
  • the chest-el pecho
  • the arms- los brazos
  • the hands- los manos
  • the knees- las rodillas
  • the legs- las piernas
  • the feet- los pies

Have fun with a collection of fall festival activities and learn your Spanish body parts¡

Spanish Vocabulary- Counting & Graphing Pumpkins in Spanish

October 14, 2009 · Posted in spanish speaking activities · Comment 
una calabaza y unos dulces

una calabaza y unos dulces

Spanish Fall vocabulary is great to practice the colors orange, anaranjado, brown, café, yellow, amarillo, and black, negro. It’s also a great time for learners to practice counting, describing, and even classifying in Spanish.  Graphing pumpkins will do all of this!

Play some tic tac toe games with colorful pictures. Read the previous posts on Fall Spanish Vocabulary, and go out to a pumpkin patch, pick a pumpkin, or una calabaza, and describe it en español.  You can do it!

Activities for Counting & Describing in Spanish

  • Counting, or contando, pumpkins is perfect for this time of year.  Learners can count unas calabazas en español at home, the grocery store, the grocery store, and in many public places.
  • Graphs are the best for practicing numbers.  Learners can make simple bar graphs showing how many calabazas they count at: home-casa-, school-escuela, the grocery store-el supermercado, church-la iglesia or temple-el templo, the neighborhood-la comunidad, and a friends house- la casa de mi amigo. A bar on the graph represents each place.
  • Compare a few different pumpkins, or calabazas.  Use grande-big-, pequeña-small-, and mediana-medium.
  • Comparisons of pumpkins:  La calabaza es más grande que la calabaza pequeña.  La calabaza es menos pequeña que la calabaza grande.

Spanish October, Fall, & Pumpkin Activities

Una Calabaza

Una Calabaza

Octubre, or October, is here.  Practice Spanish colors on the warm side of the spectrum, and shapes and sizes too with pumpkins and candy corn.

candy corn

unos dulces

Pumpkin Vocabulary List/Una lista de vocabulario sobre las calabazas

  • pumpkin= la calabaza
  • candy= el dulce
  • orange= anaranjada
  • green= verde
  • yellow= amarilla
  • big= grande
  • medium= mediana
  • small= pequeña
  • white= blanco
  • triangle= triángulo
  • round= redonda

Description: La calabaza es grande y anaranjada.  The pumpkin is big and orange.

El dulce es anaranjado, blanco, y amarillo.  The candy is orange, white, and yellow.

Pumpkin Song/Una Cancin de las Calabaza: To “The Farmer in the Dell”

  • La calabaza en la noche, la calabaza en la noche
  • Hay caramba!  ¡La calabaza en la noche!

Sing this several times and your pronunciation will be great!

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