Spanish Clothing Podcast – La Ropa

Here is a short, basic list of Spanish clothing items.

Spanish Clothing Items

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Spanish School Supplies Free Podcast

July 18, 2010 · Posted in Middle School Spanish, Podcasts, Preschool Spanish · Comment 

Spanish school supplies, or los materiales escolares, a a must- know for all levels.

Spanish School Supplies

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Spanish Days of the Week – Los Días de la Semana

A free podcast of the days of the week, or los días de la semana.

Spanish Days of the Week

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Learning Spanish the Sweet Way: Mexican Candy

May 16, 2010 · Posted in spanish speaking activities · Comment 

What could be more fun than learning Spanish with candy, or dulces?  Using Mexican candy, or dulces mexicanos, brings in Mexican culture, Spanish colors, shapes, objects, fruit, and most important– taste.  Here is a vocabulary list that you can use to describe Mexican candy.  Mexican candy can be found and Latino grocery stores, some supermarkets, and by mail at

Vocabulario Dulce/Sweet Vocabulary

  • los dulces = candy
  • un dulce= a piece of candy
  • azúcar= sugar
  • dulce= sweet, as an adjective
  • amargo = bitter
  • sabroso= tasty
  • picante = spicy
  • chocolate = chocolate
  • mazápan- a crumbly, marzipan type of candy
  • asgoso = gross
  • rojo= red
  • verde= green
  • azul= blue
  • amarillo = yellow
  • anaranjado= orange
  • café= brown
  • una paleta= a sucker
  • chicle= gum
  • piña= pineapple
  • sandía= watermelon
  • mango = mango
  • fresa -= strawberry
  • limón= lemon
  • naranja= orange
  • manzana= apple

Use your imagination and adventure to try some Mexican candy with some sorting, categorizing, comparing, contrasting, and tasting activities to go along with it.  Bring in ancient Mexican history with chicle and the chocolate of the Aztecs.

Spanish April Weather- Free Podcast Lesson

Hace buen tiempo.  Está soleado.

Hace buen tiempo. Hace sol. Está soleado.

1. Listening: Listen to the Spanish Weather Phrases SPANISH PODCAST and the Spanish Warm Weather Song at least twice.

2. Speaking.   Play the podcast again.  Say each Spanish weather after it is said on the recording.  Do this twice.

3.  Read the weather phrases below. Most textbooks teach the HACE weather phrases:

  • hace buen tiempo- the weather is nice
  • hace mal tiempo- the weather is bad
  • hace calor- it it hot
  • hace sol- it is sunny
  • está nublado- it’s cloudy
  • hace frío- it is cold
  • está lloviendo- it’s raining

Many native speakers and the media use the ESTA weather phrases: está caliente= it is hot or está frío= it is cold

4.  Writing. Use index cards or pieces of paper to create one flash-card per Spanish weather. Draw a picture of each weather on one side of the flas-hcard, then write the Spanish weather on the back of it.  You can use your own Spanish picture flash-cards for all sorts of practice and games.

Cinco de Mayo- The Battle of Puebla for Spanish I

Isn’t it time that everyone learns about the real reason Cinco de Mayo is celebrated?  Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, the Sixteenth of September is.  Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican forces over the French army at the Battle of Puebla.  It was a major turning point in the fight for Mexican independence that went on for five more years.

Here are the movers and shakers of 19th century Mexican history and Cinco de Mayo

  • Benito Juárez: The popular Mexican President of the Mexican Republic who inspired Mexican Independence from European domination.  Juárez was a Zapotec Indian.
  • Ignacio Zaragoza:  The Mexican general who won the Battle of Puebla.
  • Emperor Maximillian:  The puppet of the French government who was placed as the Mexican Emporer
  • Empress Carlota:  Maximilian’s wife

See Cinco de Mayo for Spanish I.

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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 St. Patrick’s Day Vocabulary & Podcast

The Luck of the Irish is upon us soon!  St. Patrick’s Day, or el Día de San Patricio, is fun and festive en español. Here is some vocabulary & a podcast so that you can hear it all:

St. Patrick’s Day Vocabulary

  • Verde= green
  • El trebol= shamrock
  • el diecisiete de marzo= March 17
  • El duende= the leprechaun
  • el arco iris= the rainbow
  • la olla de oro= the pot of gold
  • luck= suerte

Click Spanish St Patrick’s Day Vocabulary to listen.

    Conversational Uses

    ¿Qué día es el día de San Patricio? Es el diecisiete de marzo.

    What day is St. Patrick’s Day?  It is the seventeenth of March

    ¡Qué tenga suerte!= Good Luck

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    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.

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