In this post: Learn practical homeschool Spanish high frequency phrases and words to increase Spanish input during homeschool lessons.

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Teaching your kids Spanish at home is an excellent idea, but what if your Spanish skills are getting a little rusty?

Many of us have taken a Spanish class at some point, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Spanish is the most commonly spoken language in the US after English. But if you aren’t continually using a language, it’s easy to lose some of those skills over time.

Here’s the great news, though: At Llamitas Spanish, all of our units and printables include bilingual scripts for parents, so you can literally just open the lesson and go! That means no guesswork and no prep work for you. Yay!

Llamitas Spanish curriculum book

We’re also passionate about sharing the best thematic Spanish resources for kids, and giving you all of the tools you need for success. So, while you might not need to speak Spanish to teach it to your kids, we wanted to share some useful phrases that you can add to your toolbox.

When you’re teaching Spanish at home, there are going to be some day-to-day high frequency words and phrases that will come in handy. Plus, learning these practical homeschool Spanish phrases and words will help to increase language input and further develop language acquisition.

Top 70+ Spanish Phrases for Homeschool

Below, we’ve listed over 70 Spanish phrases and words for homeschooling that you’ll be able to use on a daily basis.

So you can easily find what you’re looking for, we’ve organized these into 6 different categories:

  • Basic greetings and polite phrases
  • Instruction
  • Comprehension
  • Praise & affirmation
  • Needs
  • Commands

Rather than trying to memorize these all at once, it may be helpful to print each of these tables off to keep with your curriculum and other teaching materials. That way you can quickly find the phrase you’re looking for when it comes up.

With time and practice, these words and phrases will start to stick, and you won’t need to look them up as frequently.

Related post: How to Add a Foreign Language to Your Homeschooling

Basic Spanish Greetings & Polite Phrases

Spanish English
Hola. Hello.
Bienvenido. Welcome.
Buenos días. Good morning.
Buenas tardes. Good afternoon.
¿Cómo te llamas?  What’s your name?
Adiós. Goodbye.
Nos vemos. See you.
Hasta pronto. See you soon.
Por favor. Please.
Gracias. Thank you.
De nada. You’re welcome.
Disculpa. Excuse me.
Lo siento. I’m sorry.

Spanish Phrases for Instruction

Spanish English
Escribe (s), escriban (pl) Write
Lee (s), lean (pl) Read
Escucha (s), escuchen (pl) Listen
Habla / hablen… Speak / say…
Dime Tell me
Vamos. Let’s go.
Te toca a ti. It’s your turn.
Empecemos. Let’s begin.
Te escucho. I’m listening to you.
Inténtalo, por favor. Please try.

Spanish Phrases for Comprehension

Spanish English
¿Entiendes? Do you understand?
¿Te ayudo? Shall I help you?
¿Quieres que te lo explique otra vez? Do you want me to explain it again?
¿Es difícil para ti? Is it hard for you?
¿Es fácil para ti? Is it easy for you?
¿Cómo va? How’s it going?
¿Cómo se dice en español? How do you say it in Spanish?
¿Qué significa esto? What does this mean?
¿Quién? (s) / ¿Quiénes? (pl) Who?
¿Qué? What?
¿Dónde? Where?
¿Cuándo? When?
¿Por qué? Why?
¿Cuál? Which?
¿Cómo? How?

Spanish Phrases for Praise & Affirmation

Spanish English
¡Fantástico! Fantastic!
¡Bien hecho! Well done!
¡Estupendo! Great!
¡Muy bien! Very good!
¡Bravo! Bravo!
¡Excelente trabajo! Excellent work!
Lo has hecho muy bien. You did very well.
¡Qué idea tan genial! What a great idea.
Hablas muy bien español. You speak Spanish very well.
¡Eres listo! You’re smart!
Eres muy trabajador. You’re a hard worker.
¡Felicidades! Congratulations!

Spanish Phrases for Needs

Spanish English
¿Tienes hambre? Are you hungry?
¿Tienes sed? Are you thirsty?
¿Necesitas ir al baño? Do you need to go to the bathroom?
¿Tienes frío? Are you cold?
¿Tienes calor? Are you hot?
¿Quieres tomar una pausa? Do you want to take a break?
Yo necesito… (Por ejemplo: Yo necesito agua.) I need… (Ex. I need water.)
Tengo sed. I’m thirsty.
Tengo hambre. I’m hungry.

Spanish Phrases for Commands

Spanish English
Siéntate. Sit down.
Levántate. Stand up.
No hables. (s) / No hablen. (pl) No talking.
Guarda silencio Be quiet.
Ten cuidado. Be careful.
Date prisa. Hurry up.
Dame… Give me…
Tráeme el / la… Bring me the…
Saca un / una… (Por ejemplo: Saca un libro.) Take out a… (Ex. Take out a book)
Cierra el / la… (Por ejemplo: Cierra la puerta.) Close the… (Ex. Close the door.)
Toma el / la… (Por ejemplo: Toma el libro.) Take the… (Ex. Take the book.)
Di la frase. Say the phrase.
Pon el papel en la mesa. Put the paper on the table.

Related post: Here’s Why Thematic Spanish Lessons for Kids Actually Work

Spanish Homeschool Curriculum

There’s no reason you need to start from scratch if you’re teaching Spanish at home to your kids. Our Full Year Llamitas Spanish Curriculum is a done-for-you, open & go program that will take care of all of the planning and prep for you.

Llamitas Spanish curriculum mockup including the textbook and curriculum box

Designed with both bilingual families and those with no prior Spanish skills in mind, Llamitas Spanish provides you with an entire year of thematic lessons rooted in Hispanic culture.

If you’re learning alongside your child, this bilingual Spanish curriculum makes it so easy!

For each lesson, you can follow along with the English instructions and use the Spanish script if you’re feeling ready for it. You’ll even have access to 300+ native speaker audio tracks to support pronunciation—this is extremely helpful if you aren’t totally confident in your abilities from the start.

The Llamitas Spanish Curriculum has everything you need to start raising bilingual children with a solid foundation in phonics, literacy, and early math skills. We’ve got you covered, so you can get started right away!

For even more Spanish homeschooling resources, check out our curriculum shop.