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A guide to learning Spanish before traveling abroad

Visiting a Spanish-speaking country like Mexico can be exciting. However, if you don’t speak the native language well, you may not have as much fun on your vacation. If you don’t understand at least some of the local words, you may not be able to read signs, talk to people or even find your hotel. Learning some basic phrases and vocabulary in Spanish will help you get the most out of your trip. Use the links below to get started.


Spanish Grammar Activities – This page lists exercises to practice grammar from the most common grammatical themes found in the typical Spanish curriculum. You can also access the activity as a worksheet by clicking on appropriate link.

Spanish Grammar – We created more than 100 short, easy-to-understand explanations of Spanish Grammar topics. Then we paired the explanations with 40 practice questions so that you can test your knowledge and ensure you’ve mastered the topic. Beware: the quizzes can be addictive.

Verb and verb tense exercises – The exercises on our site are designed for beginners and intermediate level students. These particular ones will help you practice using and conjugating various regular and irregular verbs and verb tenses in Spanish.

Spanish Grammar Exercises – Use the menu on the right to choose your activities and exercises, created by a college professor.


Spanish/English Word Match – Connect the English words on the left with the matching Spanish words on the right.

Spanish dictionary – A picture dictionary with a picture for each Spanish/English entry (with links to related pages)

Spanish Vocabulary Activities – This page lists exercises to practice vocabulary in many of the most common themes taught in a typical Spanish curriculum.

Vocabulary Training – Looking to learn new Spanish words or just to brush up on the vocabulary you already know? Our collection of exercises can help you do both! The exercises are divided by topic and will teach you common Spanish words and expressions. Although there is a stronger emphasis on Latin American Spanish, we’ve tried to include words that would be understood throughout the Spanish speaking world. ¡Suerte!

English-Spanish Vocabulary Quizzes – Quizzes to Help You Learn and Review Vocabulary

Spanish Language Vocabulary Quizzes

75 Most Helpful Spanish Cognates to Know [Infographic]

Reading & Listening

Interpretive Reading Resources – Click to find a selection of over 200 Spanish reading comprehension passages with quizzes. These Interpretive Reading resources provide students the ability to interpret information, concepts, and ideas from a variety of culturally authentic sources on a wide variety of topics.

Reading Comprehension in Spanish Exercises – This Spanish Reading Comprehension page features printable resources and web-bases reading comprehension resources that you can use to teach, practice and/or assess reading comprehension in the Spanish language.

Spanish Reading Comprehension Skills – Featuring reading comprehension exercises and much, much more.

Beginner Practice Readings – These readings have basic spanish grammar and vocabulary to practice every day topics such as: introductions, how to answer simple questions and how to talk about your family, ocupation, likes and dislikes, etc.

Spanish Listening – Learn Spanish in four easy steps.

Audiria – Online tool which freely supports your learning of Spanish, offering podcasts to increase your knowledge of the language.

Interpretive Listening for Spanish – More than 400 authentic Spanish monologues and dialogues for novice, intermediate and advanced students. Each lesson is accompanied with an mp3 audio file and a quiz with answers. These scientifically tested resources provide students the opportunity to interpret information and ideas from a variety of authentic sources on a broad range of topics.


Spanish keyboard – Type Spanish accents without a Spanish keyboard.

Spanish alphabet – Enjoy these free printable Spanish alphabet materials:  coloring pages with matching color posters, and handwriting practice tracers featuring standard block format.

Writing prompts – PDF of 365 writing prompts to practice Spanish essays

Sentence scramble – Improve your writing skills by unscrambling the sentences in this game.


Spelling Bee – Simple, interactive spelling game for all types of Spanish words.

Spanish spelling game – Click here to play Spelling game with Latin American Spanish as spoken in countries like Mexico and Argentina.

Spanish Spell Out – Spanish Spell Out builds up vocabulary, and allows one to identify the correct spelling of words.

Common Phrases

Spanish phrases with audio – These common Spanish phrases are your Spanish language survival kit essentials. Listen to the free audio lesson and repeat these basic phrases after the native speaker – it’s that easy!

Useful Spanish phrases – A collection of useful phrases in Spanish. Click on the English phrases to see them in many other languages.

56 Useful Spanish Travel Phrases Every Traveler Should Learn – Now, here are the bare essentials, the most common survival Spanish travel phrases that will set you up to get your point across.

Common Spanish Words and Phrases – It’s a great idea to study Spanish so you can develop your conversational skills. Being able to communicate in Spanish will make travel experiences richer and more memorable, and there are many other benefits of speaking Spanish, too.

Travel Spanish – Whether you’re traveling to Buenos Aires, Bogota, or Baja California, you can use this phrasebook either to brush up on the Spanish you already know, or to learn all the useful words and expressions you’ll need for your trip.

Gritty Spanish – A series of videos designed to teach Spanish via actors and actresses from Latin America & Spain.