Can you guess this word? Listen to this short Spanish audio description of a very common place. This is one of a series of videos called Adivina la palabra de hoy (Guess Today’s Word). The Spanish audio in these short videos is excellent. The series is produced by a private non-profit from Spain that promotes the teaching of Spanish, the Fundación de la Lengua Española. In this video, two children describe a common place. At the end, the word appears on the screen. The video is short, about one minute long.
These videos are an excellent Spanish language learning activity. The words in the descriptions are often used together and are associated with the word you are trying to guess. This is an effective way to expand vocabulary.
Adivina la palabra de hoy is also great listening practice. The sentences are short and the children speak directly to the camera. Children will not understand every word of the description, but that is fine. They are practicing listening for the main idea, that is, how the words that they do understand come together to communicate one concept. This is an important skill in language learning. Children need the opportunity to practice in order to develop the ability to distinguish the words they know.
These are some of the most common words used in the video. You can listen for these words with your child, and try to guess what is being described. The mystery word will be shown at the end of the video, but if you want to know before you listen, scroll down. A transcript, translation and the answer follow the video.
Vocabulary for the Spanish audio
casa – house
duchar – take a shower
mañana – morning
noche – night
te lavas – you wash/brush
los dientes – teeth
las manos – hands
bañera – bathtub
Spanish audio transcript
Es una zona de la casa. / It’s an area of the house.
Hay azulejos. / There are tiles.
Te puedes duchar. / You can take a shower.
Hay water. / There is a toilet.
Vas por la mañana y por la noche. / You go there in the morning and at night.
Te lavas los dientes. / You brush your teeth.
Te lavas las manos. / You wash your hands.
Hay bañera. / There is a bathtub.
The word being described is baño – bathroom.
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