As I promised, let’s talk about clothing vocabulary practice.
If you have kids, your task will be way easier, as you can study the names of clothes in Spanish together and you can give your little ones instructions in Spanish. Make sure, though, that you do not try to learn too many words or phrases at once - baby steps are the key to effective memorization.
If your kids are too big to give them instructions on how to get dressed or you have no kids at all, you can practice Spanish words for clothing in a similar way, but on your own. Talking to yourself may seem weird at first, but it proves to work very well and it is also quite fun.
Putting on and Taking off
Let’s start with the most basic phrases. Learn the ways to instruct your kid or comment upon your own actions that make up the process of getting dressed and undressed.
To put on – ponerse
Put on (2nd person singular) – ponte
- Put on your flip flops. – Ponte las chanclas.
- Put on a T-shirt and jeans. – Ponte la camiseta y el vaquero.
To take off – quitarse
Take off (2nd person singular) - quítate
- Take off your boots. – Quítate las botas.
- Take off your raincoat and your rain boots. – Quítate el impermeable y las katiuskas.
Missing Socks and More
To encourage your kid to look for clothes or just reprimand your absent-minded little self, start asking questions about where the clothes can be.
Where is/are… - ¿Dónde está/ están …?
- Where are your sandals? - ¿Dónde están tus sandalias?
- Where is your other sock? - ¿Dónde está tu otro calcetín?
When the answer does not come that easy, start looking for the missing thing.
To look for – buscar
- Look for (2nd person singular) – Busca (no preposition required afterward)
- Look for your sweater. - Busca tu suéter.
- Look for your gloves. - Busca tus guantes.
What You See is What You Say
Another effective vocabulary practice is to talk about the clothes you are seeing, holding in your hands, folding, putting to the laundry basket, tucking away for winter, etc. To do this in the correct way, use the following phrases:
- These are my leggings. – Estos son mis mallas.
- This is your father’s scarf. – Esto es la bufanda de tu padre.
When looking at clothes at a shop or sorting through the fresh laundry, comment on the types and colors of the clothes you see.
- The hat is blue. – El sombrero es azul.
- The pants are black. – El pantalón es negro.
- The socks are white. – Los calcetines son blancos. (mind the plural form of the adjective!)
- What a nice blouse! - ¡Qué blusa bonita!
- I love the jacket! – Me gusta mucho la chaqueta!
Another key factor of vocabulary memorization is continuous practice. Do not shy away from speaking Spanish at home – you are not ashamed of, say, reading or listening to music, so why avoid using a second language, even if it is only for discussing matters with yourself? Trust me, it’s fun and useful!
Think I forgot to quiz you on what you have learned! No way! Find the question below and test yourself!