Spanish Summer Heat Phrases & Vocabulary

Hace mucho sol y hace calor

On here on the border of Texas and Mexico, New Mexico too for that matter, it is hot, or hace mucho calor. The heat, el calor, is all that everyone talks about.  Use some Spanish weather phrases and vocabulary while they are truly relevant. This is when you eat jícama sprinkled with chili powder and lime juice instead of chiles rellenos.

Jícama is a potatoe like root vegetable  from Mexico, but I somehow view it as more of a fruit.  You have to peel it, then dice it and sprinkle it with the lime juice and chili powder.  See the next blog post for a jícama, coconut, and mango salad my friend Alicia just told me bout.

Vocabulary & Phrases

  • hace calor- it’s hot (now)
  • está caliente- it’s hot (general description)
  • hace much sol= it’s really sunny
  • El sol quema- the sun is burning
  • está soleado- it’s sunny (general description)
  • está como un horno= it’s live an oven
  • se puede freir juevos en la calle- one can fry eggs on the street

When someone asks ¿Qué tiempo hace?,  or ¿Cómo est el tiempo? you now have a more varied list of responses for the summer, or el verano, only.  Click here for a Spanish Weather Forecast Activity.

Practice Activities

  • Try using the questions and the varied answers with a friend or class mate
  • Have one partner state the answer, and then the other needs to ask the question
  • Make a flash card for each weather question and phrase.  Play guessing and match up games with them.
  • Illustrated the weather description cards and then try to say its Spanish phrase
  • Go to www.weather.com to the Spanish language part of the site to check out weather phrases
  • Listen to a Spanish language weather forecast on TV and try to follow it.

Free Spanish Winter Spanish Vocabulary

January 9, 2009 · Posted in Middle School Spanish, Spanish Vocabulary · Comment 
unas gorras, unos guantes, y una bufanda.  classroomclipart.com

unas gorras, unos guantes, y una bufanda. classroomclipart.com

Ah, the winter blahs and that firsts rough week of school, especially for Spanish I students.  Winter, or el invierno, is an excellent time to review, practice, or learn clothing items in Spanish.

Vocabulario: la Ropa para el Invierno

  • la gorra= knit hat
  • la bufanda= the scarf, or muffler
  • los guantes= the gloves
  • el abrigo= the coat
  • la chaqueta= the jacket
  • las medias= the tights
  • el suéter- the sweater


Click here for a Spanish I clothing unit with a story for grades 6-12.

Click here for a Spanish winter coloring pages with vocabulary.

Free Spanish Worksheet: Los Tres Reyes Magos

Los Tres Reyes Magos by Heartlandgraphics.org

Los Tres Reyes Magos by Heartlandgraphics.org

January Sixth, or Epiphany, or in the Spanish speaking world el Día de los Tres Reyes Magos is almost here!  Los Tres Reyes Magos, or the three Wisemen, bring children presents and treats.  Sometimes they are put into a child’s shoe, and sometimes they are placed under the Christmas tree.

Download our free Tres Reyes gift to you, a Spanish coloring sheet.  Click here.

For more information on el Día de los Tres Reyes Magos, search this site for the article from a couple of days ago.  Qué tenga un feliz día de los Tres Reyes Magos!

Spanish Christmas Activities

The holidays are upon us, or vienen las Navidades.  Christmas, or la Navidad, is done to the nines in the Spanish speaking world.  All twenty Spanish speaking countries have their own traditions.  My border-childhood brings back  brown paper- bag lumninarios, or luminaries, and garish Feliz Navidad blaring from the Buick radio.

el árbol de la Navidad

el árbol de la Navidad

All students respond so excitedly to anything Santa Claus, or Papá Noel in Spanish.  Even using the traditional Christmas vocabulary in Spanish is effective and fun for learners. We’re creating and posting new Spanish, ESL, and French holiday activities daily at Foreign Language House.  See our Spanish and ESL tic tac toe games.

Spanish Holiday Vocabulary

  • Christmas- la Navidad
  • Christmas tree- el árbol de la Navidad
  • Santa Claus- Papá Noel
  • the present- el regalo
  • the ornaments- los adornos
  • the star- la estrella

Use the árbol navideño above to teach, review, or practice Christmas vocabulary, colors, shapes, and sizes.

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