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Video Lesson: 13 Easy Spanish Words and Phrases for Kids

13 Easy Spanish Words and Phrases for Kids

Ready to help your son or daughter learn Spanish? There’s a lot of research about how learning languages is easiest for kids, so it’s the perfect time to teach him or her a few easy Spanish words.

And if you don’t speak the language yourself, don’t worry. There are so many great learning resources available online, many of which are free. In the video below, tutor Rosita R. shares several easy Spanish words and phrases that are perfect to learn together!

Plus, see even more Spanish vocabulary for kids here.

  • Buenos dias – Good morning
  • Buenas tardes – Good afternoon
  • Buenas noches – Good evening / Good night
  • Como se llama usted? / What is your name?
  • Me llamo… / My name is…
  • Mucho gusto / Nice to meet you
  • Como esta usted? / How are you?
  • Estoy bien, gracias / I’m fine, thank you
  • Con permiso / Excuse me
  • Perdóname / Excuse me, sorry
  • Por favor / Please
  • Gracias / Thank you
  • De nada / You’re welcome

Want to learn more? See even more easy Spanish words for kids here, or check out our live online Spanish classes! Kids will learn vocab, conversational phrases, and much more in a fun group setting.

AndyWFeatured Instructor: Rosita R.
Rosita teaches Spanish, singing, and many other subjects in Los Angeles, CA, as well as online. Rosita also teaches several online group classes, including Spanish for Kids. Learn more about Rosita here!

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30+ Cinco de Mayo Activities, Worksheets, & Recipes for Kids

30 Cinco de Mayo Activities, Worksheets, & Recipes for Kids

Countdown to Cinco de Mayo! If you’re a Spanish teacher, a private tutor, or a parent teaching Spanish to your child, this is a great time of the year to focus on Mexico’s rich history. Whether you’re looking for printables, games, Cinco de Mayo vocabulary, or traditional recipes to try, we’ve rounded up the best of the best to explore with your kids!

But First, Why Do We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that is celebrated in both the U.S. and Mexico. This day, the 5th of May, commemorates the battle between Mexican and French soldiers in 1862. France wanted to conquer Mexico during the Franco-Mexican war, and both armies fought in a battle in Puebla, a city in Mexico.

Though the Mexican militia were outnumbered, they managed to defeat the French army. Today, many people, especially Mexican Americans, celebrate Cinco de Mayo to recognize this victory. Although there’s some debate about the “Americanization” of the holiday, it’s still an important event to recognize in Mexico’s history.

As part of the celebrations, it’s common to see street festivals or parades for the holiday. You may see women and men wearing traditional Mexican dress; men may wear trousers, a shirt, and a sombrero (hat). Women may wear colorful puebla dresses or pico skirts. Puebla dresses are full-length dresses that are decorated with flowers or traditional Mexican symbols. Pico skirts are long flowing skirts that are made of a light fabric.

Participants also engage in plenty of dancing and eating. Common foods during this celebration include tamales, enchiladas, and mole. Sometimes, parades include a reenactment of the battle in Puebla.

Cinco de Mayo Activities

Now, let’s get to the activities! Jump ahead to specific categories, or explore everything we’ve rounded up.

Cinco de Mayo Vocabulary

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Cinco de Mayo Activities

Free Printables, Word Searches, & Worksheets

Cinco de Mayo Crafts

Kid-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Did we miss a good resource? What Cinco de Mayo activities have you used with your kids? Leave a comment below and let us know! And for even more fun, check out our live, online Spanish class for kids — view the schedule and register your child here.

Breeana D.Post Contributor: Breeana D.
Breeana D. teaches Spanish lessons in Abington, PA. Specializing in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education, she is currently enrolled in Temple University’s Elementary Education program. Learn more about Breeana here!

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Spanish Vocabulary- 61 Words & Phrases for Daily Activities (1)

Spanish Vocabulary: Phrases for Daily Activities

common phrases in Spanish - daily activities

When you’re learning a new language, using basic vocabulary throughout your day is a great way to make progress. Especially if you’re teaching Spanish to kids, common phrases and words are easy to learn and easy to incorporate into your daily activities, from the moment you wake up (Buenos días) to getting ready for bed (Que descanses)!

To get you started, our friends at Spanish Playground shared a helpful printable of common Spanish phrases to use with kids, which can be printed out and posted where your family can see it. Here’s a preview:

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Download the full printable of all 61 common phrases in Spanish here, and make sure to check out the other resources Spanish Playground has available!

Readers, what other common phrases in Spanish have you learned? Let us know by leaving a comment below! 

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50 Free Resources for Teaching Spanish to Kids

50+ Free Online Resources for Teaching Spanish to Kids

50 Free Resources for Teaching Spanish to Kids - Worksheets, Games, and More

Teaching kids Spanish doesn’t need to be difficult. Whether you homeschool your child or you simply want them to become worldly citizens, learning Spanish will benefit them tremendously. In fact, raising a child bilingual is one of the best educational decisions a parent can make.

Why Should You Teach Spanish to Kids?

Childhood is the perfect time to learn a new language. As early as infancy, we learn language by listening. Frequent exposure to different words and sounds fosters and develops these skills. As we get older, however, it gets harder and harder to learn and retain new languages.

The benefits of being bilingual are vast, and by teaching your child from an early age, he or she will be at an advantage over their peers. Even a basic knowledge of a second language can help them immensely when they get to high school or college courses and dive deeper into more advanced Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Later in life, being bilingual can even lead to more job opportunities, a wider cultural understanding, and even a higher salary.

So, where should you start? Below are some great options for you to explore, from websites with learning modules to fun and addictive online Spanish games for kids. And if you don’t speak Spanish yourself, don’t worry — you can learn together!

Feel free to jump ahead by category with these links:

50 Free Resources for Teaching Spanish to Kids - Spanish Websites for Kids

Spanish Websites for Kids

  1. 1 2 3 Teach Me
    This is a great site with pronunciation guides (audio), flashcards, videos, songs, lyrics, and more. For vocabulary in particular, check out these flashcards.
  2. SpanishDict
    Here you can find interactive flashcards to teach kids the Spanish words for colors, clothing, numbers, and more!
  3. Digital Dialects
    This site is full of fun, easy-to-play games that teach Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and conversation skills. The Spanish games cover a wide range of topics, including greetings, colors, numbers, foods, units of time, animals, and clothing.
  4. GeoCom for Kids
    This is a fun-filled site featuring games, animations, coloring books, and printables for learning Spanish.
  5. Salsa
    This is a children’s TV show that is free to watch online. It’s all in Spanish, but it includes a translation of each episode. There are also a few games and activities for kids to play.
  6. BBC’s Mi Vida Loca
    Mi Vida Loca is another free Spanish TV show, but it’s meant for older kids. The series includes lessons and learning activities, as well as a teacher’s guide and syllabus to follow.
  7. Rockalingua
    This subscription-based site also offers a lot of free content, including songs, videos, games, and picture dictionaries.
  8. Online Free Spanish
    This site is full of resources in Spanish from level one up to advanced. It includes songs, vocabulary, and grammar lessons.
  9. Spanish Town
    This site has several different activities to learn Spanish, including crosswords, word finders, tests, and lessons in vocabulary and grammar.
  10. Spanish Playground
    This site includes vocabulary lessons, songs, printables, crafts, activities, books, and more.
  11. BookBox
    Bookbox offers online books available in different languages. Your kids can build reading and listening skills while they listen to stories with Spanish subtitles.
  12. Calico Spanish
    Calico Spanish is a wonderful resource for elementary Spanish curriculum. In addition to their classroom and homeschool materials, they offer free online Spanish videos via YouTube.
  13. PBS Kids
    Noah is the protagonist of the PBS Kids digital series Oh Noah! The series is designed to introduce children ages four through seven to Spanish in an entertaining way.
  14. Story Place
    Toggle over to the Spanish version of the site for books and activities in Spanish.
  15. Spanish Simply
    This blog, written by an elementary Spanish teacher, has some great ideas for activities that work for in-home practice as well!
  16. BBC
    This BBC site features vocabulary lessons, games, videos, photos, and songs.
  17. Hello World Spanish
    This website has more than 700 free Spanish games and activities, including logic puzzles, matching games, and bingo.

Fluent in Spanish? The following websites offer games and activities for kids — but they’re all in Spanish, so you’ll need to know how to speak it yourself!

  1. 9 Letras
    This is a blog by Alberto Abarca Fillat of Huesca, Spain. Alberto shares his free elementary Spanish resources, along with several printable activities for young Spanish learners.
  2. Pakapaka
    This site features activities, games, videos, stories, printables, and tongue-twisters!
  3. Make Beliefs Comics
    Have some ideas for what you want to teach your kids? Use these blank comic templates to create your own lessons!
  4. Educapeques
    This site offers exercises categorized by grades and subjects.
  5. Proble+
    Math word problems are excellent reading comprehension practice! Proble+ (pronounced proble-mas) offers engaging online games that combine Spanish reading comprehension and basic math skills.
  6. Chile Crece Contigo
    Created by the Chilean government, this site offers online games for preschoolers. The games are an excellent introduction to preschool vocabulary and concepts for Spanish language-learners.
  7. Manualidades con Niños
    This is the Spanish companion site to SimpleKidsCrafts, featuring hundreds of short tutorials for simple crafts with Spanish audio. Try having your kids watch a video and translate the Spanish, then use the language you heard while completing the craft.
  8. Discovery FamiliaThe Spanish version of Discovery Family offers videos, games, and printable activities in Spanish.
  9. Chillola
    Learning Spanish is easy here with lots of games (with audio) and free printable resources for parents.
  10. Disney
    Check out the Spanish version of Disney’s official website to play a variety of games and watch video clips!
  11. El Abuelo Educa
    This is a great site to learn Spanish, with lessons and games categorized by topics (math, geography, etc.).
  12. Enchanted Learning
    This site features fun activities, printables, and a vocabulary builder.
  13. Cuentos Interactivos
    This site has interactive stories for intermediate and advanced Spanish speakers.

50 Free Resources for Teaching Spanish to Kids - Spanish Websites for Kids

Looking for worksheets, games, videos, or vocabulary specifically? Check out the lists below for direct links.

Spanish Worksheets for Kids

  1. Gus on the Go 
    This site offers several free Spanish printables and worksheets, including numbers flashcards and an animal vocabulary fortune teller. They also offer a great app for $3.99 (available for both iOS and Android), in which kids interact with Gus, an adorable owl character, for games and vocab lessons.
  2. Spanish4Teachers
    Although this site is geared toward Spanish teachers, many of these worksheets offered are simple enough for parents to understand and use with kids.
  3. GeoCom for Kids Printables
    View and print vocabulary activities organized by themes like animals and seasons.
  4. Rockalingua Worksheets
    These worksheets also teach Spanish vocabulary, including words for seasons, colors, numbers, and weather.
  5. OnlineFreeSpanish Coloring Pages
    Download and print these coloring pages to learn numbers, animals, and more.
  6. SpanishTown Vocabulary Sheets
    Practice vocabulary with these printable activities and worksheets.
  7. Enchanted Learning Printables
    Here you can find short, printable books to practice vocabulary and Spanish reading comprehension.
  8. Living Montessori Now
    Check out Deb’s list of free Spanish printables and Montessori-inspired activities for some great ideas!
  9. Spanish411 Printable Resources
    This site offers maps, charts, activity sheets, handouts, games, and posters.
  10. Memorizing the Moments Spanish Resources
    Here you’ll find flashcards and lessons created by Kaysha, who blogs about early education.
  11. Nick Jr Dora Flashcards
    Learn simple Spanish greetings with these flashcards featuring Dora and all her friends.
  12. Boca Beth Free Bilingual Resources
    Boca Beth offers free language card downloads, as well as coloring and activity pages.

Spanish Games for Kids

Free Spanish Games for Kids

  1. 123TeachMe Games
    This is a great list of links to interactive games on other sites, such as Sid the Science Kid on PBS Kids.
  2. GPB Kids
    Practice vocabulary with the interactive games and coloring books here.
  3. Rockalingua Games
    This site has interactive games for learning about colors, numbers, feelings, and more.
  4. Spanish Playground Toys and Games
    Here you’ll find printables and online games, as well as app recommendations for kids.
  5. Calico Spanish Flashcard Games
    Flashcard games, matching games, and concentration games for beginner Spanish learners.
  6. Oh Noah! Games
    Check out these interactive games with the same characters as in the videos.
  7. Spanish Games
    Choose a topic, learn with tutorials, and then select from seven free Spanish games to practice.

Spanish Videos for Kids

Spanish Videos for Kids

  1. Calico Spanish
    This website features paid curriculum programs, but also offers tons of great free videos on their YouTube channel.
  2. 123TeachMe
    Here you’ll find short stories, along with questions that test your child’s understanding of the stories.
  3. BBC’s Mi Vida Loca series
    BBC offers this interactive video drama and Spanish course geared toward older kids who are beginners.
  4. Rockalingua Videos
    These Spanish videos for kids include songs about numbers, colors, feelings, parts of the body, and much more.
  5. Spanish Playground Videos
    On this site you can explore many clips with easy vocabulary for kids.
  6. Oh Noah!
    Young kids will love this video series featuring Noah and his language-learning adventures.

Spanish Vocabulary for Kids

Spanish Vocabulary for Kids

  1. Rockalingua Picture Dictionaries
    Review easy Spanish words for kids with these worksheets to color.
  2. 19 Easy Spanish Vocabulary Words to Teach Your Kids
    Check out TakeLessons’ handy guide and infographic with Spanish words for kids!
  3. Spanish Town Vocabulary
    Here you’ll find vocabulary with audio, as well as printable vocabulary sheets in PDF form.

Bilingual Parenting Blogs

Bonus Spanish Resources

  1. Billboard Latino
    Check out the charts for the top Latin artists, then use Spotify to stream them online at home! (See also: How to Use Fun, Creative Songs to Teach Spanish to Kids)
  2. YouTube
    Explore Latin music videos and additional Spanish lessons — simply enter your search terms and see what’s out there! (Hint: Check out Señor Jordan’s channel — one of our favorites!)
  3. Wikibooks
    This open-source Wikimedia project is designed to extend educational material to anyone willing to learn it. The website’s Spanish section starts off with basic conversation and grammar lessons, which gradually increase in complexity.
  4. ¡Hola Viajeros!
    This site provides a series of free audiobooks in slow Spanish along with transcripts. By listening to the audio while reading the transcripts, you and your children will quickly learn Spanish pronunciations, inflections, and other nuances.
  5. Amy Leonard’s Pinterest Boards
    If you’d like to create your own curriculum for your kids, this Spanish teacher’s resources are a fantastic place to start. Her website has additional worksheets and lessons.
  6. Pimsleur Approach
    Another great site for creating your own curriculum, where you can find tons of helpful links and resources for teaching Spanish.

Bilingual Parenting Blogs

Bilingual Parenting Blogs

Finally, want a little inspiration as you teach your child another language? The following are a few bilingual bloggers we love:

  • Latinaish
    Married to a man from El Salvador and raising two sons, blogger Tracy shares her insight on Spanish language, culture, food, and family.
  • Mommy Maestra
    Written by a homeschooling Latina, Monica, this blog is an amazing resource for anyone raising or teaching bilingual, bicultural kids.
  • All Done Monkey
    Leanna writes wonderful articles on language and culture in a balanced and inspiring approach to parenting.
  • Spanglish House
    In this blog, Cece, a Bolivian mom in the U.S., shares her experiences keeping her language and culture alive for her children.
  • Discovering The World Through My Son’s Eyes
    Written by a Puerto Rican mom, Frances, this blog is full of resources and inspiration for raising children with two languages.
  • A Life With Subtitles
    In this blog, Sarah, a mom married to a man from Guatemala, shares her family’s experiences and her insight in funny, yet moving articles.
  • Juan of Words
    Juan, Anjelica, and son Edgar share their experiences in the leading U.S./Hispanic Lifestyle blog on Mexican living.
  • Los Gringos Locos
    In this blog, Tina shares funny stories about living abroad in Mexico with her husband and four kiddos.
  • Españolita
    Living in the US but raising a bilingual daughter, Audrey blogs about Montessori education, parenting, language tips, and more.

What other Spanish websites, games, and worksheets did we miss? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add it in. Want to take it a step further? Consider signing your child up for private Spanish tutoring for additional practice and customized lesson plans. Make learning fun, and you’ll set your child up for success!

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This Fun Activity Helps Your Child Learn Languages

How Theater Helps Language Learning in Children

Did you know that participating in performing arts can help your child learn a new language? In this article, Mariella Gambardella from eSpectacularKids.com shows you how theater and language-learning go hand in hand…

 

When I moved to Spain with my family, neither my husband nor I spoke a word of Spanish. Our one-year-old daughter had not been exposed to the language yet either. Having lived in a few countries before, though, we were very aware of the importance of learning the local language as quickly as possible in order to fully integrate ourselves.

We wanted our child to be able to play with other children at the park and go to a Spanish-speaking nursery school. Besides our reasons, there are many other reasons why you should raise your child bilingual.

Our family had been fond of theater for a while, so we decided to use theater as a tool for our daughter to learn Spanish.

How Theater Helps Kids Learn a New Language

A lot has been written about the benefits of performing arts for children’s learning. Performing arts lets your child have fun while learning moral values, improving communication and social skills, and expanding their general knowledge.

You may ask, however, what is the role that performing arts play in learning languages? Below are some reasons you should use theater for your child’s second (or third) language acquisition:

1) Children need extra motivation to learn languages. A magic show, theater, or any other type of gestural activity provides participation, excitement, and surprises. These fun and relaxed environments are ideal for children to absorb and learn a new language. It allows them to internalize phrases and vocabulary without even realizing it!

2) Theater helps children learn not only the most “formal” parts of the language, but also idioms, vocabulary, intonation, and structures that don’t always appear in books. The language is typically used in a conversational manner.

3) When the actors are native speakers, children hear different types of accents and lesser-known expressions. The native speakers bring their own flair to the table and introduce listeners to different linguistic stylings.

4) Although actors are at the center of the performance, often children have the opportunity to perform in or engage in other ways with the production. Whether at a theater, at home, or in a classroom, playing, improvising, and role-playing are the most effective ways of acquiring a language, as they improve children’s communication skills.

In fact, role-play in particular is one of the most widely used techniques in classrooms to teach and learn languages. This activity allows children to become anyone for a short period of time and express themselves in a more forthright way.

5) The good thing about watching performing arts in other languages is that we can choose the theme. If it’s a theme that children enjoy, they’ll be more willing to listen and learn.

6) The availability of a variety of topics also allows us as parents and teachers to select performances that are suited to a particular vocabulary lesson.

7) The fact that the plays and performances usually represent everyday situations allows children to learn vocabulary and expressions that are used in everyday life. It’ll definitely have a lot of practical use if you’re raising bilingual kids.

The ultimate goal is making the language heard as something normal. The learning should be concealed within fun and entertainment so that children have the opportunity to learn in a dynamic and interactive environment.

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Guest Author: Mariella Gambardella
Mariella is co-founder of eSpectacularKids.com, the first online video library of storytelling, theater, magic, and puppet shows in English and Spanish for children 2-12 years old. The online platform makes performing arts accessible to all families and schools — anytime, anywhere, and from any type of mobile device.

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5 Free & Fun Spanish-Learning Websites for Kids

5 Fantastic and Free Spanish-Learning Websites for Kids

5 Free & Fun Spanish-Learning Websites for Kids

Looking for resources on learning Spanish for kids? There are so many strategies for teaching Spanish to kids that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all the options.

To help you in your search, we’ve compiled some of the best, top-rated websites to learn Spanish for kids below. These are websites that your child can visit daily and expect to discover something new and exciting each time. All five of these Spanish websites for kids include activities that are fun, and best of all – free!

5 Free Websites to Learn Spanish for Kids

1. OnlineFreeSpanish

5 Free & Fun Spanish-Learning Websites for Kids

OnlineFreeSpanish is one of our personal favorites for learning Spanish for kids. Based on your child’s familiarity with Spanish, you can adjust the difficulty level from beginner to intermediate or advanced. The site includes 19 lessons that are precursors to several activities and fun games.

Parents can even print out coloring pages related to each of the lessons! Your young scholar will quickly learn Spanish vocabulary relating to farm animals, the seasons, emotions, schools supplies, and more.

2. ABCYA

5 Free & Fun Spanish-Learning Websites for Kids

ABCYA teaches elementary school students a multitude of subjects. On their Spanish page, you will find two exciting carnival-like games to enhance your child’s skills.

Spanish Word Bingo has 11 categories to choose from, which feature more than 200 vocabulary words and phrases. Spanish Word Toss also has 11 categories to choose from, including animals, months of the year, and transportation. We recommend these games for Spanish learners in first grade and up.

3. Digital Dialects

5 Free & Fun Spanish-Learning Websites for Kids

Digital Dialects is great for older, middle school aged kids. Learning Spanish for kids is different than learning it as an adult, and perhaps more fun with engaging websites like this one!

On Digital Dialects, students can practice greetings, verb conjugations, units of time, and more with fun and interactive games.

For a limited time only, you can also take one of our live, online Spanish classes for kids – free of charge! Kids can interact with expert teachers and have fun learning alongside other students. Learn more

4. PBS

5 Free & Fun Spanish-Learning Websites for Kids

PBS is well known for its learning programs, and this is no exception! The “Oh Noah!” videos are sure to build your child’s Spanish vocabulary. Learners will discover the Spanish language through activities, games, and videos along with the relatable star character, Noah, who lives with his grandmother in a Spanish-speaking neighborhood.

Each activity and game uses a variety of useful Spanish vocabulary. Your kids will learn how to use adjectives like colors, how to discuss chores, and more.

5. Rocklingua

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When it comes to learning Spanish for kids, this site is a must-have. Rocklingua is a multi-faceted learning site run by teachers, musicians, animators, and computer programmers.

Through songs, games, worksheets, videos, and a picture dictionary, your child will build his or her foundation in the Spanish language. The free songs and games are clearly labeled, and other learning opportunities on the site are available for purchase.

Keep in mind that all of these websites, though great resources, are not the same as Spanish lessons for kids. In order for your child to be truly invested in learning the Spanish language, he or she will need a Spanish teacher.

These websites work best when used as supplemental tools to help your child practice the material taught by his or her Spanish tutor. A tutor may also have additional recommendations, such as Spanish learning apps, for making practice fun and engaging.

Breeana D.Post Author: Breeana D.
Breeana D. teaches Spanish lessons in Abington, PA. Specializing in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education, she is currently enrolled in Temple University’s Elementary Education program. Learn more about Breeana here!

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11 Free (& Fun!) Resources for Teaching Spanish to Kids

teaching spanish to kids

Are you a parent interested in teaching Spanish to your kids? You’ve made a big — but fantastic — decision!

Studies have shown the benefits of being bilingual in today’s society; not only will you be making an impact on your child’s communication skills and cognitive abilities, raising your child bilingual will help set him or her up for success later on in life.

Teaching Spanish to kids is easy if you speak the language yourself, but where do you start if you don’t already speak it? It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn Spanish at the same time as your kids (benefiting you both), but you’ll need to find the right resources to do so. And if you’re on a budget? You might think it will be even harder — after all, Spanish-learning software can be expensive… and weekly tutoring lessons might be too much of a commitment if you’re not sure you’ll stick with it.

Luckily, thanks to the Internet, it’s never been easier to teach a new language to your kids and yourself at the same time. To get a jump on bilingualism, hone your language skills with the following helpful resources.

Spanish Learning Apps

There are so many apps to learn Spanish available these days — and many of them are completely free. These apps can provide a great introduction to the language, and many of them have games that are fun for kids and adults alike. Here are some of our favorites:

Wikibooks

If you don’t have the money for Spanish textbooks, phrase books, and flashcards, don’t worry. All of the same instructional benefits are available for free from Wikibooks, an open-source Wikimedia project designed to extend educational material to anyone willing to learn it. The website’s Spanish section starts off with basic conversation and grammar lessons, which gradually increase in complexity over time. Spend an hour a day on Wikibooks lessons and you and your child will master basic Spanish conversations in no time.

Spanish Learning Websites

There are tons of fantastic websites that offer easy-to-follow lessons on vocabulary, grammar, and more. We love FluentU; with your free account, you’ll get limited access to Spanish videos and clips, along with subtitles to help you learn how vocabulary and phrases come together in real-world contexts. Paid accounts for unlimited watching and listening start at $8/month.

SpanishDict is another great website for teaching Spanish to kids, with more of a focus on vocabulary and grammar. The interactive flashcards make it fun to learn the words for colors, clothing, numbers, and more!

Finally, Spanish Playground is fantastic for kids who want a variety of activities — here you can find ideas for games and crafts, plus printable worksheets, videos, jokes, and much more!

Online Spanish Learning Games

After you’ve done some studying, it’s time to take a break and play some games! Educational games and activities are wonderful for reiterating and reviewing what you’ve learned. An awesome website to bookmark is Digital Dialects, which is full of fun, easy-to-play games that teach Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and conversation skills. The games cover a wide range of topics, including greetings, colors, numbers, foods, units of time, animals, and clothing. The website also offers vocab lists and conjugation breakdowns to help children without prior Spanish experience.

For a fun activity, hold contests with your kids to see who can win the most games. The more fun you have, the less of a chore studying will be and the quicker you’ll pick up the language!

¡Hola Viajeros!

When you’ve gotten the hang of reading Spanish, it’s time to start learning how to recognize the spoken language. ¡Hola Viajeros! provides a series of free audiobooks in slow Spanish along with transcripts. By listening to the audio while reading the transcripts, you and your children will quickly learn Spanish pronunciations, inflections, and other nuances. Best of all, these audiobooks are mostly devoted to describing Spanish-speaking countries, customs, and books, allowing you to learn about Spanish-speaking cultures as you learn the language.

YouTube

Once you’ve listened to all of ¡Hola Viajeros!’s audiobooks, it’s time to move on to faster-paced Spanish audio. YouTube is great for this, providing a wide range of music videos, TV shows, and movies from Spanish-speaking countries. By watching YouTube videos in Spanish, you’ll get a sense of how the language is spoken in practice. You can also find a ton of fun, silly songs for teaching Spanish that kids love!

Another great idea is to find songs from the Spanish-language versions of Disney musicals. Your kids likely know the English lyrics to many of these songs by heart, so they’ll already understand the gist of what the characters are singing about; this will make it easier to break down the meanings of the Spanish lyrics. As an example, here’s the Spanish version of “Let it Go” from Frozen:

Once your kids can understand Spanish-language Disney songs without too much trouble, move on to watching films, TV shows, and vloggers. You should have no trouble finding age-appropriate videos for teaching Spanish to kids.

So… Now What?

When you are ready to invest in your or your child’s language mastery, make sure you’re spending your money wisely — by hiring a qualified Spanish tutor! As effective as these resources can be, there’s no substitute for working one-on-one with a teacher who can cater lessons to your specific learning style, and catch pronunciation mistakes that you might be overlooking. After all, these apps and website are all missing one crucial element: actual communication with other Spanish speakers!

If you’re serious about guiding your child toward bilingualism — or securing your own fluency — a tutor will help you get there. The money you spend on Spanish lessons is well worth the cost, as most experienced polyglots agree. And in between your lessons? Take advantage of all these free resources for teaching Spanish to kids, and everybody wins — that’s what they’re there for!

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Songs that make great Spanish lessons for kids

How to Use Fun, Creative Songs to Teach Spanish to Kids

Songs that make great Spanish lessons for kids

Experts say kids should begin learning other languages at a young age – the younger the better. And with over 37 million Spanish-speaking residents in the U.S., making it the second most common language after English, learning Spanish is a great choice! But how can you make Spanish lessons for kids fun?

Singing with your children is a great way to introduce Spanish lessons for kids!

Start with the ABCs.

Spanish lessons for kids should always start with the ABCs. This Spanish alphabet song above, recorded by a mother and her young daughter, resembles the English ABC song and features pronunciation help with each letter. Learn the song, then cement the idea with the help of this short video by Clever Little Peas.

Learn your numbers.

Start simply with this straightforward song above, introducing the numbers 1-20 to the familiar tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little StarRock out and push it to 50, then get groovy after Spanish language skills progress.

Color their world.

Teach kids their colors in Spanish the help of this simple, catchy little English/Spanish color tune. If your younger children haven’t learned colors yet, this short tutorial and song is a perfect start.

Perfect personal pronouns.

This fun little finger puppet presentation helps introduce the concept of personal pronouns to children.

Sing it in Spanish just for fun.

There are a variety of familiar songs translated into Spanish that will aid in both the education and enjoyment of your children, such as these renditions:

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
5 Little Monkeys
The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Integrate it into all aspects of their daily lives.

There are also a variety of televisions shows aimed at educating and entertaining your child in other cultures and languages. Shows such as Disney’s Handy Manny, Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer and Go Diego Go, and PBS’s Oh Noah! and Maya and Miguel feature both Spanish and English dialogue interspersed with music to help immerse your child in the concept of multilingual environments.

How young is too young?

Children can discriminate between two different languages at as early as 4-6 months, however the ability to detect differences fades around 10-12 months without the introduction of a second language. Your window of opportunity has not closed, however. Research indicates preschool-aged children are still far more adept at learning a foreign language than older children and adults. They develop a second language in the same area of the brain as their native tongue, versus older learners who develop and store it in a completely different region.

Spanish lessons for kids offer an array of benefits beyond communication:

  • Learning another language is fun!
  • A second language helps widen the world of your child, introducing them to and offering them opportunities with other cultures, at home and abroad.
  • Foreign language study improves reading and communication skills, boosting SAT scores.
  • Bilingual children and adults are better at staying focused, problem-solving, and recognizing and acting on new inputs, making school and business life easier.
  • Simply thinking in another language has been shown to help people make quicker, better decisions.
  • Speaking a foreign language presents better educational and career prospects, as well as the opportunity for a higher standard of living.
  • Learning foreign languages even prevents dementia later in life.

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Whether you’re a monolingual parent unsure how to progress past basic Spanish lessons for kids, or a multilingual parent looking for the most effective foreign language teaching methods available, a great tutor can help get you there.

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Simple Strategies for Teaching Spanish to Your Toddler

Tips for Parents: 9 Ways to Teach Spanish to Your Toddler

Simple Strategies for Teaching Spanish to Your ToddlerNo matter your heritage or where you live, speaking Spanish can be a useful skill, with benefits including a better understanding of other cultures, improved ability to think creatively, and more opportunities in the future. By starting with your kids when they are just toddlers, children are likely to pick up the language and remember it when they are older.

There are several ways you can make Spanish for kids fun, by incorporating it into all sorts of daily activities and games. Here are a few ideas to try:

1. Go Slow

As your toddler will be learning English at the same time as Spanish, be careful to avoid confusion. Limit the number of words you teach your child every day..

2. Read Together

Pictures aid understanding and enable children to connect words with objects or ideas. Plus, reading books in Spanish is one of the best ways to help children pick up the sentence structures of the language.

3. Watch Spanish TV and Movies

Kids learn a lot of language through watching children’s TV shows and movies, and watching television in Spanish provides the exact same benefits. If you don’t get Spanish language channels on your TV, you can select Spanish audio on DVDs, use YouTube videos, or find movies in Spanish for kids on Netflix.

4. Play Outdoor Counting Games

Teach your toddler numbers in Spanish by playing any outdoor games that involves counting, such as catch, jump rope, hopscotch, or soccer.

5. Expressions in the Mirror

Sit in front of a mirror and ask your child to make a face to represent an emotion. You can try happy (feliz), sad (triste), angry (enojado/enojada), and confused (confundido/confundida).

6. Play “I Spy”

A great activity for long car rides, play “I Spy” in Spanish to help your child learn both the alphabet and more vocabulary.

7. Sing Along to Music

Another good option for livening up car rides is singing songs in Spanish. This is one of the best ways to practice speaking in full sentences, and at the same time your toddler will hear a native speaker singing the language to help with proper pronunciation.

8. Play Simon Says (Simón Dice)

The imperative is a little more complex in Spanish than in English, but even toddlers can learn to respond and produce commands with this game. Simon Says (or Simón Dice) is also an ideal opportunity to practice words for body parts and movement.

9. Celebrate a Tradition from a Spanish-Speaking Country

Even if you don’t have a connection to a particular Spanish-speaking country, you can celebrate a festival in your home. There are plenty to choose from, including Día de los Muertos from Mexico, Fiesta de la Candelaria from Peru, and Las Fallas from Spain.

Just remember: keeping up with your child’s level of Spanish may soon become difficult if you are relying on the vocabulary and basic grammar you learned in high school. Consider brushing up on your own knowledge by booking Spanish lessons with a private tutor — or, as your child gets older, find a language tutor for him or her. Speaking a second language is a lifelong skill that will open up tons of opportunities for your child — academically, personally, and professionally.

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online Spanish games

These 5 Online Spanish Games Will Keep You Busy For Hours

online Spanish gamesReady for some fun? Take a break with an online Spanish game, and you’ll be learning and having fun at the same time! Here are 5 great options, rounded up by online tutor Marcus S...

 

Learning Spanish can be a daunting dask. One way to turn the stress into fun and make studying a new language more effective is to play games. In the digital age, that’s easy to do, because you can now play online Spanish games. All you need is your smartphone, tablet or laptop to have an on-the-go source of Spanish practice.

The Food Game From Digital Dialects

Digital Dialects offers 16 beginner-level online Spanish games, plus even more games for intermediate and advanced students. One of their many beginner level games teaches the names of common foods. First, you can study words by scrolling through pictures of food. The name of the food is given in both text and audio. For example, a picture of cheese shows “el queso” written above it, while “el queso” is also spoken. Next, you get to practice what you’ve learned by playing the food game. You can choose to play with text or with audio. A table full of illustrated foods items is displayed. The computer either shows you a Spanish food name or speaks it and you have to click on that food item.

Spanish-English Word Match

Vocabulary.co.il offers this simple game for practicing Spanish vocabulary. Seven English words are listed in boxes on the left and seven Spanish words with the same meanings are listed across from them. The words are listed in different orders, so it’s your job to pair each word to its counterpart by clicking on an English word on the left and then the matching Spanish word on the right. (Example: “Pretty” matches “Bonito.”) As you play, the game will draw a different colored line between the two words you select. When you finish, click the Check Answers button and your answers will be graded with a green check mark or red “X,” along with a funny audio congratulations or critique, depending on how you score.

Spanish-English Cycle Race Game

This is one of many online Spanish games on Scholastic Teachers. You get to choose one of two characters, either Jenny or Zack. Next, you select your Spanish level, either Easy or Advanced. The game shows the two characters riding bicycles down the road. You’ll be asked questions in English and have to choose from the two choices given to help your character ride faster and win the race.

Mi cara en Español

This game from Apples 4 the Teachers uses only Spanish words and pictures, which is an ideal combination for learning a new language. You’ll see a blank drawing of a kid’s head beside the cut out images of the parts of his face. When you click on the the nose the computer says “nariz” and also shows the word. You then get to move the nose and other parts to the head until you’ve completed the face.

Limpia Tu Grammatica!

Another game from Scholastic, Limpia Tu Grammatica! teaches you Spanish grammar with one of Maggie’s Earth Adventures. You’re shown Spanish words such as “mirar” (“to look) and have to choose whether to put it in the recycling bin marked “Sustantivos” (nouns) or a “Verbos” (verbs). The words are set on top of illustrations of trash on a beach, so as you play, you’ll be cleaning up litter from the ocean.

These free online Spanish games are perfect for kids, high school students, and adults. So make sure to supplement the lessons you get from a great Spanish tutor with these games, whether it’s on the bus, between classes, before going to sleep, or any other time you have a few minutes to practice.

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MarcusSMarcus S. tutors online in a variety of subjects. He has been trained and certified to teach classes and give individual tutoring to students in the SAT, GMAT, GRE, and LSAT for the Princeton Review. Learn more about Marcus here!

 

 

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