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Easy Spanish listening practice with the audio description of the photo of a dog.

The Learn Spanish with Pictures activities are some of the most popular pages on Spanish Playground. I added audio of the description to one of the photos with a few on-screen cues to focus kids’ attention. This makes easy Spanish listening practice for kids and leads naturally into talking about the photo.

All the Learn Spanish with Pictures activities have a photo with a description in Spanish and questions. The description provides easy Spanish listening practice, but I have had both teachers and parents ask for help with correct pronunciation. I hope that having the audio makes the activities more useful for everyone.

The questions that follow are very focused, with lots of repetition. They are ordered to help kids master the vocabulary and gain confidence with the language. The idea is that teachers and parents point to the pictures and add gestures and expression to help kids understand new language.

Easy Spanish listening practice is ideally done face-to-face and that is how the Learn Spanish with Pictures activities are intended to be used. The voice over does not include the questions; it is simply a way to have kids hear additional Spanish. Then parents and teachers need to repeat and follow up with the questions.

I did find that having the voice over on the photo works well with a large group. It is also nice to be able to pause the video with the circle or arrow on the screen. It is easy Spanish listening practice and combines naturally with the kids speaking Spanish, too.

See the original A Thirsty Dog post if you prefer to work with the photo. I have included the questions and vocabulary below.

Easy Spanish Listening Practice for Kids

1. Describir la foto – Describe the photo

Vamos a describir la foto de un perro. Un perro toma agua. El perro es de color blanco con manchas de color café. Tiene manchas en las orejas y una mancha en el centro de la cabeza. Lleva un collar de color anaranjado. El perro tiene mucha sed. Toma agua de un plato de metal. Hay una pelota de tenis entre las patas del perro. La pelota es amarilla. El perro tiene mucha sed porque jugaba a la pelota.

[A dog is drinking water. The dog is what with brown spots. He has spots on his ears and a spot in the middle of his head. He is wearing an orange collar. The dog is very thirsty. He is drinking water from a metal bowl. There is a tennis ball between the dog’s feet. The ball is yellow. The dog is thirsty because he was playing ball. ]

2. Seleccionar la respuesta – Choose the answer

¿El perro come o toma agua?
¿El perro tiene sed o tiene hambre?
¿La pelota es amarilla o anaranjada?
¿El collar es color café o color anaranjado?

3. Señalar con el dedo – Pointing and counting

¿Dónde está el perro?
¿Dónde están las orejas del perro?
¿Cuántas orejas tiene el perro?
¿Dónde está el agua?
¿Dónde está la pelota?

4. Sí o no – Yes or No

¿El perro toma agua?
¿El perro tiene hambre?
¿El perro tiene manchas?
¿El collar es amarillo?
¿La pelota está en el plato?
¿El agua está en el plato?

5. Decir un poco más – Say a little more (respuestas/answers)

¿Qué toma el perro? – El perro toma agua. (The dog is drinking water.)
¿De qué color es el collar? – El collar es de color anaranjado. (The collar is orange.)
¿De qué color es la pelota? – La pelota es amarilla. (The ball is yellow.)
¿Dónde está la pelota? – La pelota está entre las patas del perro. (The ball is between the dog’s feet.)
¿Por qué tiene sed el perro? – El perro tiene sed porque jugaba a la pelota. (The dog is thirsty because he was playing ball.)

6. ¿Y tú? –  What about you?

¿Tomas agua cuando tienes sed? – Sí, tomo agua…No, no tomo agua…
¿Te gusta jugar a la pelota? – Sí, me gusta jugar…No, no me gusta jugar…
¿Te gustan los perros?  – Sí, me gustan…No, no me gustan…
¿Cuál es tu animal preferido? – Mi animal preferido es…

7. Vocabulario – Vocabulary

un perro – a dog
toma – is drinking
agua – water
blanco – white
manchas – spots
color café – brown
tiene – he has
las orejas – ears
el centro – the middle
la cabeza – head
lleva – he is wearing
un collar – a collar
anaranjado – orange
tiene sed  – is thirsty
un plato de metal – a metal bowl
hay – there is
una pelota de tenis – a tennis ball
entre – between
las patas del perro – the dog’s feet
amarilla – yellow
porque – because
jugaba – was playing

Image courtesy of Anne Swoboda

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