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.

Spanish Vocabulary for Black History Month: The Islands

Black History month is the perfect time to honor the significant Afro-Hispanic population that is centered largely in the Spanish speaking Caribbean islands and the USA. So many African Americans & African Caribbeans are native Spanish speakers.

The Island Cultures or Cuba, Puerto Rico, & La República Dominicana bring with them an incomparable & unique richness.  Here is some basic Spanish vocabulary.

  • la música(music)- merengue, & later salsa
  • la comida (food)- plátanos (plantains), arroz (rice), habichuelas (black beans)
  • el arte (art)
  • la literatura-literature
  • los deportes-sports- beísbol, fútbol

When the Spanish explorers, missionaries, and settlers brought slaves from Africa to the Caribbean, the island cultures were transformed.  The combination of the Spanish colonial traditions with African cultural influences & practices created some of the world’s best music, dance, food, art, & literature.

The geography of Cuba, Puerto Rico, & La República Dominicana is also surprisingly varied & dramatic.

  • Cuba’s long coast line is approximately 2,100 miles long.
  • Puerto Rico’s rain forest El Yunque has rare wild-life at high elevations
  • The Dominican Republic’s peak Pico Duarte measures in at almost 11,000 feet!  It sometimes has snow!

Cultural enrichment is great for all of us, and the more the better for Spanish learners.  They need to know that Spanish is the most commonly spoken language of Cuba, Puerto Rico, & La República Dominicana.

Hispanic Culture Activities for All

Call me biased, but Hispanic culture is just the most fun of all!  In all ways!  The food, music, art, dance, sculpture- you name it.  All twenty Spanish-speaking countries have tons to offer.

Did you know?

  • Pablo Picasso was born in Málaga, Spain.
  • Ten percent of Spanish nouns are Arabic.
  • There are about 200 words for horse in Spanish.

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