75+ Free Printable Spanish Flashcards (2022)

Words are the building blocks of verbal communication, and having a good vocabulary is the foundation of learning Spanish or any foreign language. If you travel abroad, you don’t need to know how prepositions or verb conjugations work. Those skills can come later. You can start with a handful of basic Spanish words and phrases.

All you may need to know initially is how to say things like “hotel,” “restaurant,” “coffee,” and, of course, “restroom.” With the proper inflection, people will understand your meaning. And, naturally, the more words you know, the more you can communicate.

But flashcards can also provide a gateway to a broader understanding of how the language works by introducing you to different kinds of vocabulary words and concepts such as pronouns, numbers, and — in the case of Spanish vocabulary — masculine and feminine forms.

Whether you’re learning Spanish basics, or want to teach them to your kids or students, these printable Spanish flashcards are sure to help.

Spanish flashcard exercises

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Running through flashcards over and over again can help you learn new words, but using them in other ways can also keep you focused and prevent you from getting bored or mentally fatigued. Flashcards can be used in a variety of ways to facilitate language learning, so get creative.

  • Play a matching game. Lay out the Spanish flashcards in a grid and match the English cards to their Spanish counterparts.
  • Fill out a daily calendar. Have your child tell you about the weather, day of the week, and their mood using various Spanish flashcards.
  • Play memory. Print out two of each Spanish flashcard. Place them face down in a grid. Flip over two cards to try and find a match. If it’s not a match, flip them back over and have someone else try.
  • Make up a song. Remember “Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”? Create your own song using some of the Spanish words that you learned.
  • Write it out. On a separate piece of paper, copy the word on the flashcard and write its meaning.

Divide your flashcards up into categories, such as days of the week, months of the year, colors, numbers, and so forth. Keeping them in their own categories can help you and your kids make associations that will make memorizing words more manageable. Here are a few categories you can use as part of the process.

Emotions flashcards

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The Spanish language is expressed in two genders: masculine and feminine. In most cases, masculine words end in “o” and feminine words end in “a.” (There are exceptions; you can see a couple below.)

In addition, there are also two ways of expressing feelings in Spanish. You can either be in a certain emotional state, which is expressed using the verb “estar,” or you can feel a certain way, which is expressed using the verb “sentirse.” The difference is subtle, and the verbs can be used interchangeably, although it sounds more definitive to “be happy” (for example) than to “feel happy.”

Spanish wordEnglish translation
felizhappy
tristesad
enojado/aangry
emocionado/aexcited
preocupado/aworried
cansado/atired
orgulloso/aproud
frustrado/afrustrated
confundido/aconfused

Body parts flashcards

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You’d be surprised how often body parts come up in conversation. You might talk about having a stiff neck or back pain, needing to brush your teeth, or having to trim your fingernails.

Be careful, though, because Spanish, like other languages, has slang expressions that might not mean what you think they mean. For example, “un ojo de la cara” sounds like it should mean “an eye of the face” — which doesn’t really make any sense. Your eye is already on your face, right? But it doesn’t mean that at all. It’s actually used to indicate that something is very expensive.

Spanish wordEnglish translation
la cabezahead
el ojoeye
la orejaear
la bocamouth
el brazoarm
la manohand
la piernaleg
el piefoot
el estómagostomach

Shapes flashcards

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Shapes are among the first things children learn, so it makes sense that they should be among the first things Spanish students should learn to identify.

Shapes come up in conversation from time to time because they can be used to describe something by creating a picture in a person’s mind. They’re also used in mathematics, too, especially geometry.

But words that apply to shapes can also refer to more than just the abstract. Many of those shapes represent concrete things, such as stars in the sky and the heart in your chest. The same words that are used to describe those shapes can be employed to describe those concrete objects.

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You might talk about a baseball diamond, for example. Diamonds could also refer to jewelry, of course, or to a suit of playing cards.

Spanish wordEnglish translation
el triángulotriangle
el circulocircle
el rectángulorectangle
el cuadradosquare
el diámantediamond
el óvalooval
la estrellastar
el corazónheart
el octágonooctagon

Colors flashcards

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Colors are a key way to describe just about everything, from flowers to clothing, from cars to toys. If you want to know directions and someone tells you to turn right at the green road sign, you’ll know what they’re talking about.

You might be surprised to find out how familiar some Spanish names for colors sound. You’ve probably heard of Amarillo, the city in Texas, but you might also be surprised to learn that it’s the Spanish word for “yellow.” And you’ve likely heard of “chili verde,” too, which means “green chili.”

Spanish wordEnglish translation
rojored
anaranjadoorange
amarilloyellow
verdegreen
azulblue
moradopurple
rosadopink
blancowhite
negroblack

Weather and seasons flashcards

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There are different ways of talking about weather conditions in Spanish that might not seem familiar to English speakers, who tend to use the verb “to be” in most instances: It’s rainy, it’s snowing, it’s windy, it’s overcast, etc.

The “to be” usage is the most common in Spanish, too, but there are exceptions. Instead of saying “it’s windy,” you’d say “there is wind” — “hay viento.” And rather than saying it’s hot or cold, you’d use the verb “hacer,” which means “to do.” Hence, “hace calor” means “it’s hot,” even though it technically translates as “it does hot.”

Knowing the four seasons can be helpful, as well, both in talking about the weather and planning events on the calendar.

Spanish wordEnglish translation
está soleadosunny
está lloviendorainy
está nubladocloudy
está nevandosnowy
hay vientowindy
el inviernowinter
la primaveraspring
el veranosummer
el otoñofall

Days and months flashcards

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Knowing how to communicate the days and months on the calendar is even more important in planning than knowing the seasons.

In English, we might refer to July 1 or “July the first,” but in Spanish construction, dates are expressed starting with the numeral, then the month. For instance: “el primero de julio,” meaning “the first of July.”

You would say “today is Monday” as “hoy es lunes.” If you wanted to say what month it is, you might expect to say “esta enero” for “it’s January.” But the correct way of communicating this would be “es enero.” Also note that days, months, and seasons aren’t capitalized in Spanish.

Spanish wordEnglish translation
lunesMonday
martesTuesday
mièrcolesWednesday
juevesThursday
viernesFriday
sábadoSaturday
domingoSunday
eneroJanuary
febreroFebruary
marzoMarch
abrilApril
mayoMay
junioJune
julioJuly
agostoAugust
septiembreSeptember
octubreOctober
noviembreNovember
diciembreDecember

Numbers flashcards

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You’ll need to know numbers for everything from telling time to asking about street addresses. They’re an integral part of our vocabulary in any language, and that’s no different with Spanish numbers.

In English, the first 12 numbers all have distinct names. After that, they start taking a common suffix in the teens (thirteen, fourteen, etc.), and each subsequent set of 10 numbers functions similarly: The set has a distinct name (twenty, thirty, forty), while the numbers one through nine repeat as a hyphenated suffix, such as twenty-one.

Spanish is a little different. The first 15 numbers all have distinct names before a sort of addition sequence begins, with 16 being expressed as “dieciseis,” which is a contraction of “diez y seis” (ten and six), and 17 as “diecisiete,” which is a contraction of “diez y siete” (ten and seven).

This contracted style continues through the 20s (“veinte,” “veintiuno,” “veintidos”…), but the 30s onward are more similar to English: “treinta y uno,” “treinta y dos,” etc.

Spanish wordEnglish translation
unoone
dostwo
tresthree
cuatrofour
cincofive
seissix
sieteseven
ochoeight
nuevenine
diezten
onceeleven
docetwelve
trecethirteen
catorcefourteen
quincefifteen

More Spanish flashcard resources

Once you’ve got the basics down through flashcards, you’ll be ready to move on to some more advanced instruction with the help of a Spanish tutor or a Spanish teacher. To supplement your learning, a number of more advanced Spanish language flashcard resources are available; you can find them with a little searching online. Here are a few:

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Quizlet

Quizlet bills itself as the largest online source for flashcards and study games, with more than 4 million free sets available covering “every possible subject.” You can upgrade to a more comprehensive package for a monthly or annual fee.

Chegg

Chegg also offers a variety of flashcards on an array of subjects, including Spanish. In addition to already-made flashcards, it provides a way to create your own. You can search by subject among more than 5 million sets.

StudyStack

If you want flashcard sets broken down by subject, check out StudyStack, where you can find cards on topics like Spanish greetings, rooms, and high-frequency words, just to name a few. Decks range in size from just a few cards to around 100 in some cases.

Spanish KidStuff

Members at Spanishkidstuff.com can access card sets by theme/category on topics such as actions, verbs, and activities; music; animals; numbers; clothing; shopping; people and jobs; transportation; and time. In addition to flashcards for kids, the site also includes hundreds of worksheets for children learning Spanish, and classroom readers for story time.

Conclusion

Flashcards can be an important tool for learning Spanish, whether you’re about to travel overseas, want to learn a new language for your job, or want to help your kids learn for school or just as life preparation. Learning Spanish can make you more marketable professionally, as many companies are looking for bilingual employees to interface with clients.

Spanish language flashcards and Spanish tutors both can be invaluable resources for students throughout their academic careers, and for anyone looking to enrich their life by learning Spanish.

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