Expressing Thanks and Saying Happy Thanksgiving in Spanish

Expressing Thanks and Saying Happy Thanksgiving in Spanish

Inside: How to say Happy Thanksgiving in Spanish, thank you in Spanish, and you’re welcome in Spanish. 

 

Greetings are one of those things in Spanish: being polite, warm, and expressive is right up there with syntax and grammar. Thanksgiving itself isn’t a holiday usually celebrated outside the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, but if you’d like to wish Spanish-speakers a Happy Thanksgiving in Spanish, you can say it like this: Feliz día de acción de gracias. 

(Or, if you want to be hip and modern and say Happy Turkey Day, you’d say Feliz día del pavo.)

Acción de gracias is old word with religious connotations, and churches will sometimes have a services that’s called Culto de acción de gracias— literally, a meeting for the action of giving thanks. I’ve heard the variant of Feliz día de acción de gracia, but it doesn’t seem to be as common.

 

Happy Thanksgiving in Spanish 

 

happy thanksgiving in spanish

 

Gracias is one of the most commonly-known Spanish words, but there are lots of variations if you want to use richer language to express gratitude itself. Niceties, of course, are huge in Spanish, and this sort of language goes a long way in developing relationships within Hispanic culture. 

There’s a certain formality of speech in things like thank-you’s and you’re welcome’s, and plenty of ways to say both. I’ve gathered a list of each for you, and tried to stick to phrases that are fairly universal. (There seems to be lots of regional slang for you’re welcome: graciela, no hay pedo, mereces, etc. But I figured you don’t want that hanging up in your classroom.)

If you’d like to post the graphics in your classroom, you can download them for free! I even included versions with lighter backgrounds to save printer ink. 

 

 

Thank You in Spanish

 

thank you in spanish

 

 

 

You’re Welcome in Spanish

 

you're welcome in spanish

 

 

 

If you are interested in Thanksgiving in Spanish activities for the classroom, I’ve gathered lots of great ideas for you. You can also see my Thanksgiving songs in Spanish, for kids!

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The Classic Spanish Songs You Need to Know

The Classic Spanish Songs You Need to Know

Inside: The best classic Spanish songs, with YouTube videos.

 

Some songs run in your veins. They take you home, your heart swells with memories, and maybe you can’t help but go grab your dancing shoes. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I’ve gathered a list of those songs here: those traditional songs in Spanish everyone should know.

To be be down-to-earth and real, reggaeton and bachatas are totally my guilty pleasures.

I use many pop Spanish songs in my classes (and love them)…. BUT–

It’s important to give our kids and students the music of decades or centuries, too

We’re talking the classic songs in Spanish, or from before Spanish was the official language. This music connects us to the present and the past. And music is so entrenched in Hispanic history and culture, you won’t have to look far.

(If you’re looking for Spanish folk songs for children, I’ve got a list of those as well. Or see my Songs in Spanish by theme and category.)

 

13 Classic Spanish Songs

 

You don’t have to dissect or study the music, if you don’t want to. It’s okay to simply listen to and love the these songs, together with your family or classes. They speak for themselves, as great art does.

So grab your dancing shoes, maybe a box of tissues in case the nostalgia kicks in, and let’s go!

 

1. Guantanamera

 

2. El condor pasa

 

3. Bamboleo

 

4. México lindo y querido

 

5. La bamba

 

6. Los caminos de la vida

 

7. Sólo le pido a Dios

 

8. Caballito nicoyano

 

9. Cielito lindo

 

10. María Isabel

 

11. La gota fría

 

12. Si vas para Chile

 

13. El solar de Monimbó

 

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Easy Nazca Lines Craft for Kids

Easy Nazca Lines Craft for Kids

Inside: Nazca Lines craft for kids learning about Peruvian culture and history.

 

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, 2017! At the end of this post, find our Multicultural Kid Blogs HHM giveaway for some fun prizes. Today I’m sharing an exploratory Nazca lines craft. The project gives hands-on feel for these marvels of Peru, and how they were made.

 

 

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Día de los Muertos: A Round-up for Teachers

Día de los Muertos: A Round-up for Teachers

Inside: Day of the dead activities, crafts, videos, and lesson plans for the Spanish classroom.

 

After the insane box-office numbers of Pixar’s Coco, celebrating Día de muertos in Spanish class is twice as relevant and meaningful. Though not celebrated in every Spanish-speaking location, Day of the Dead has deep roots in many parts of Latin America, and especially in parts of Mexico.

As a new Spanish teacher, I used to be unsure of how to treat holidays. I wanted to include culture, but teaching low-frequency words like “marigold,” “candle,” or “skeleton” seemed a poor use of time. Now I’m discovering part of the reason comprehensible input is magic: I can use any theme or topic to give my students whole, living language.

Thankfully, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. There are TONS of resources out there, in Spanish and English, and these are my favorites! Below you can browse my giant collection for Día de muertos, and of course let me know what I’m missing.

Day of the Dead Activities & Ideas

Day of the Dead Lesson Ideas

 

    • Pre-teach key unfamiliar vocabulary. Infographics or videos are a nice way to introduce words like calavera, vela, etc. 

    • Choose a short film for a MovieTalk. (You can find my favorites embedded below). If you teach various levels, make it easy on yourself by choosing one film to use for all the classes and adjusting the language for each group.

    • Create a story with your class, using Day of the Dead as a theme. Remember that you don’t have to come up with a story from scratch. You can always choose an authentic story like the one below, and re-tell it to your class in simplified language. 

  • Create an ofrenda with your students (see how other teachers have done Day of the Dead ofrendas with their students). 
  • Watch Coco on Netflix (or buy the DVD). 

There are some great free and paid resources on TpT to go with Coco. I loved this free Coco PPT from Arianne Dowd, and this EdPuzzle

  • Watch the Book of Life.

For the Book of Life, you can use: A basic guide with questions from Kara Jacobs, and a free guide for novices from Mis Clases Locas.

Google Arts and Culture

 

Google Arts and Culture has some amazing resources as well, for exploring Day of the Dead. I really like the video that introduces the holiday with vivid images, and there’s even an interactive altar!

 

#authres

There are lots of infographics, songs, and video clips you can throw use for Day of the Dead. These are fun to to prompt discussion and give the students a chance to see what they can understand from an authentic resource.

 Credit: Xoximilco blog

Credit: Enter to the Matrix

Image Credit: El Comercio

Visit my Día de Muertos page on Pinterest to find lots more Día de muertos realia!

Crafts and Printables

Free printable for papel picado from Live Colorful. 

Calaca Finger Puppets from Calico Spanish 

Easy Day of the Dead Crafts from Spanish Playground

Free color-by-number Calaveras from Spanish Playground

Sugar-Skull Your Seflie (for Teens) from Crafty Chica

Mini-Altars in a Jar (Image source: Creative Commons Licensed (BY-NC-ND) Flickr photo by Jessica Wilson

Stone Sugar Skulls from Alisa Burke

Día de Muertos Coloring Pages from Rockalingua

Shoebox Altar from Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

Songs for Day of the Dead

 

Here are two songs that work for different levels. You can also see my post on Day of the Dead songs, with more options!

 

Calaverita – La Santa Cecilia 

This song would work well for older students. And check out these amazing resources from Kara Jacobs and Elena Lopez for La Santa Cecilia!

 

Los esqueletos

This could work for younger students as well. 

 

 

Short Films for Day of the Dead

These would make great MovieTalks for a Día de los muertos. You narrate the stories in language the students understand, discuss, possibly type up a reading, and voila!– you have a high-interest, language-packed activity in story-form.

Día de Los Muertos 

I was already planning on using this sweet short film when I came across some amazing resources from Williamson CI & TPRS for doing a MovieTalk. Click here to access a PPT with text and screenshots, activities, and online games. There are also great embedded readings on customs in various countries as well. This is my favorite resource I’ve come across so far, and it’s free!

Another FANTASTIC resource is from Elena Lopez, who put together more resources for “La niña recuerda.

 

Día de Muertos

Elena Lopez has wonderful resources for this one, too, complete with questions, textivate activities, Kahoot, and more

 

Dante’s Lunch

Again, Elena Lopz to the rescue with tons of comprehensible free activities for “La Cena de Dante.”

Authentic Videos for Día de Muertos 

 

 

More informational videos in Spanish:

 

 

 

 

Papel picado:

 

Flores de Cempasuchil:

 

Cómo hacer una Catrina:

 

Day of the Dead Makeup:

 

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Printable Spanish-Speaking Countries and Capitals Game Cards

Printable Spanish-Speaking Countries and Capitals Game Cards

Inside: Spanish-speaking countries and capitals map and game cards.

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, a perfect time to introduce geography for Spanish-speaking countries. I’ve made a map and set of cards that teach countries, capitals, maps, and country shapes, as well as a few quick facts about each country. In this free download, you can also find directions for games like Go Fish, Concentration, and Slap-it. A color set is in included, as well as black and white in case you want your kids/students to color in the flags themselves.

Spanish-speaking Countries and Capitals Map and Game Cards

Though I like to use games to introduce lists like this, remember that memorizing a list won’t necessarily produce students who love culture. If my students are really going to connect to far away places, they needs stories, videos, food, and songs (and of course travel, if possible) to produce real affection. Hopefully these fun games will help you painlessly and quickly introduce geography, so that when you do listen to a Colombian artist or watch a clip from Puerto Rico, everyone knows the context.

 

These links are helpful for remembering and connecting to Spanish-speaking countries:

 

Simple repetition for names/capitals, while showing map:

 

 

For older students (the original video is cool, but on the line for school-appropriate):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hispanic artists by country:

 

http://musicaenespanol.weebly.com/

 

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Printable card games for Spanish-speaking countries and capitals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Día del amor y la amistad: A Spanish Round-Up

Día del amor y la amistad: A Spanish Round-Up

Inside: Día del amor y la amistad: Spanish ideas and activities for the home and classroom.

 

Looking for ideas and activities for Valentine’s Day? I’ve collected some amazing resources perfect for tying the celebration into your classroom. There’s enough here to fill a week, if you want to! 

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Valentine’s day in Spanish goes by several names– El día de los enamorados, Día del amor y la amistad, or Día de San Valentín— and it’s not always celebrated on Feb. 14th. But either way, it’s fun to celebrate friendship and love, and the theme lends itself well to relevant, engaging activities.

Some of the links are divided into high school and elementary, and middle school classes could probably use some from both categories. Please share if you have fun ideas for Valentine’s Day in Spanish, as well!

If you’re looking for decor inspiration, see my post on Spanish Valentine’s Day Bulletin Boards and Decorations

 

SPANISH ACTIVITIES FOR DÍA DEL AMOR Y LA AMISTAD

 

Easy & Fun Ideas

 

  • Choose a song and just focus on a few keywords (like te quiero!). Do a really easy listening activity like Draw, Listen, Check
  • Make your brain breaks Valentine-themed with the freeze game:

Infographics

 

There are lots of infographics related to Valentine’s Day. These are perfect #authres for students, to spark discussion and give some input. I’ve collected some good ones here:

Spanish terms of endearment

 

Credit: Infografías en castellano

Spanish terms of endearment for kids

 

 

Songs for Día del amor y amistad

 

I gathered a few examples from YouTube. If you want my complete list of recommendations, click on the images below to see the playlist.

classic spanish love songs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Printables

Only freebies here!

For Middle/High School

Candy Love Letters from Creative Language Class

Como Escribir un Poema de Amor from Throw Away your Textbook

10 Ways to Spice Up Valentine’s Day in Your World Language Classroom from World Language Cafe

Spanish Valentine Game: Matching Verb-Pronoun Combinations from Spanish Playground

Mi pareja ideal from Sol Azucar

Printable Cards & Labels from Think in Pink 

 

 

Printable Decor

 

Spanish Valentine Treat Boxes from Spanish Playground

Spanish Valentine Decorations from World Language Cafe

Printable Valentines Day Banner in Spanish from Living Mi Vida Loca

Spanish Valentine’s Day Cake Toppers from Ladydeelg

a whole llama love bulletin board

Bulletin Board Ideas and Printables from Spanish Mama

All Ages

 

Valentine Cards in Spanish

FREE Spanish Valentine’s Day Cards from Spanish Mama

Tarjetas para San Valentín from Pa Monísima: Yo

Free Cards from Mommy Maleta

Printable Cards for Kids from Spanish Playground

Practice Numbers in Spanish from Ladydeelg

Spanish Card from Flapjack Education

Multilingual Valentine Love Letter from Multicultural Kid Blogs

 

MovieTalks

These would make great MovieTalks for a Valentine’s in Spanish day. You narrate the stories in language the students understand, discuss, possibly type up a reading, and voila– you have a high-interest, language-packed activity. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MovieTalks or Videos for Younger Students

 

 

 

 

 

Videos for Día del amor y amistad

 

 

 

 

 

Día del amor y amistad 

 

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