Free Spanish Game: School Supplies & Card Games

For learning Spanish and French, Diane and I find that most teachers & parents we work with want to know how to play the several card games we use.  We use a set of picture vocabulary cards, phrases, questions, or even verb conjugations to play a variety of card games.  A favorite is the raucous 1, 2. 3, Uno, Dos, Tres based on the American card game “war.”

Materials: a set of 4-8 flashcards: pictures, phrases, questions, or other Spanish. NO ENGLISH.

Spanish Language Goal: Learners can recognize, recall, and say- loudly- the Spanish called for on the card.

Step by Steps

  1. Learners are grouped into groups of 3 4, or maybe 5.
  2. Each person has his/her own set of cards.  All card sets are identical.
  3. The Object is to lose all cards
  4. The teacher, or the group members, call out: Uno, Dos, Tres!
  5. Each player puts down a card face up.
  6. If two or more players in a group have matching cards, then the race to shout the Spanish vocabulary is one.  Learners vie to be the first Spanish shouter or the correct answer.
  7. The first player to shout the correct Spanish elicited by the card is the winner.
  8. The winner puts his card in a discard pile.

Lots of shouting in Spanish . . .but, learners are indeed speaking the language.  Want more Spanish Games?

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.

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