16 Spanish Learning Games to Boost Your Language Skills While Having Fun
If you’re having fun while learning a language, odds are that you will learn a lot faster and stay motivated to continue.
Thanks to Spanish games, you can reinforce grammar skills, review for your next Spanish test or take your learning to the next level, all while having a blast!
This post will give you 16 Spanish games that can help you practice your Spanish skills without even thinking about it!
- 1. Word Toss
- 2. Spanish Games
- 3. The Numbers Game
- 4. The Dialogue Game
- 5. Advanced Vocabulary Builder
- 6. La lotería (The Lottery)
- 7. Matching Games
- 8. 4 Fotos 1 Palabra (4 Pics 1 Word)
- 9. Freerice.com
- 10. Bingo
- 11. Rockalingua
- 12. Sopa de letras (Letter soup)
- 13. Influent
- 14. 123TeachMe
- 15. Words with Friends 2
- 16. Spanish Scrabble
- Why Learn Spanish with Games?
1. Word Toss
Word Toss is the perfect game for beginners who want to learn new words in Spanish while being a little silly. It’s technically been created for the little ones, but don’t let that deter you!
You have the option to play from English to Spanish or from Spanish to English and your task will be to read the word in the lower part of the screen and explode the balloon with the correct translation.
If the word is correct, a new set of words will appear. If you choose the wrong balloon, your points will go down and you’ll get one strike! Get three of them and your game will be over, so choose wisely!
This game is great for vocabulary practice.
2. Spanish Games
This website is specifically for Spanish games for learners of all ages. It features twelve quick games that can teach you hundreds of beginner vocabulary words for Spanish.
A lot of these games are classics, like Cat and Mouse or Pong, but they’ve been given a Spanish learning twist.
For example, with Pong, you have to bounce a ball against a brick wall without letting it fall to the floor. Every time you hit a certain type of brick, though, you have to answer a Spanish question.
What’s cool about it is each game lets you choose a specific vocabulary topic, like jobs, hobbies, counting, and even Spanish verbs and prepositions.
3. The Numbers Game
This game from Spanish Uno is by far the best and most entertaining number game I’ve been able to find on the internet. It’s the perfect way to learn and/or review Spanish numbers up to six digits!
Once you’ve chosen a range of digits to practice, a Spanish saleswoman and a series of products will appear on screen.
You choose the product you’d like to buy, and the saleswoman will tell you the price in Spanish. Your task will be to enter the correct price before thirty seconds runs out.
If you enter the correct price, you’ll have the option of buying the product for that price or bargaining until you get a new price.
4. The Dialogue Game
Level: Intermediate or advanced
The Dialogue Game is great if you want to practice your dialogue skills and review what you’ve learned.
Once you’ve chosen the grammar area or the topic you want to practice, you’ll see a list of different available dialogues you can choose from.
You’ll be able to read the transcript first and then listen to the dialogue as you read along.
When you’re ready, click on “Start Playing” and a new page will load. You’ll then hear two people have a conversation, you’ll be given some questions (or prompts) and you’ll have to choose the correct one.
If your answer is wrong, you’ll be shown the correct one.
5. Advanced Vocabulary Builder
Digital Dialects offers a lot of ways to learn Spanish, but for me the most interesting section is the Advanced Vocabulary Builder.
When you open the “Advanced Spanish” section, you’ll see there are four categories: vocabulary builder one and two, animals, birds, insects and verbs (in the infinitive).
Each category will give you a long list of new words to learn. Read and study them carefully. The new vocabulary isn’t easy as it is meant for the advanced speaker.
Once you’ve learned the list of words, click on “Play Game” and you’ll be directed to a new page where you’ll have to put your knowledge to the test.
Words will appear on the upper side of the screen, and you’ll have to choose the right translation by pressing the correct red arrow.
If you think you’ve made a mistake, just click on “Change.” At the end of the round, you’ll be told if your answers are correct or not before you go to the next round.
6. La lotería (The Lottery)
Price: Around $9
If you hear a Spanish speaker use the word lotería, chances are they’re referring to a bingo-style game that uses pictograms instead of numbers and letters.
The game has a total of 54 pictograms, many of them featuring words you may not have learned in school.
You can play alone or with a group to expand your vocabulary and experience an iconic slice of Mexican culture. Plus, who doesn’t love a game of bingo?
7. Matching Games
It may have been a while since you played a matching game, but this childhood pastime can actually help you improve your Spanish vocabulary.
In addition to being a pretty low-stress activity, playing a matching game can be a big help in building strong associations between English words and their Spanish meanings.
You can easily print some online, but if you’re feeling crafty, why not pick a set of words you want to learn and make your own cards?
8. 4 Fotos 1 Palabra (4 Pics 1 Word)
Level: Intermediate or advanced
Price: Free, with payment needed to remove ads
The object of this game is simple: arrange letters to guess the mystery word based on four different images.
It’s definitely an unconventional vocabulary tool since it doesn’t teach you words outright and requires some thinking.
It’s also great for learning words with multiple meanings. You won’t see a doll (muñeca) and a wrist (also muñeca) together while playing the English version of this game, that’s for sure.
I don’t recommend this game for beginners since it’s actually geared toward native speakers (albeit at a third-grade reading level).
However, if you’ve already got some Spanish under your belt, this game will help you practice calling Spanish words to mind without relying on translations to English.
Level: All levels
Freerice.com is a gamified quiz site with an addictive format and a concept that’s hard not to love.
For every question you answer correctly, the World Food Programme donates 10 grains of rice to hungry people—paid for with sponsored ads that appear with each question.
The site defaults to questions on English vocabulary, but if you click on the Subjects panel at the top, you’ll be able to navigate to the Spanish vocabulary questions.
The site has a built-in learning curve: answer questions correctly, and you’ll soon move up a level and be presented with rarer, more difficult words.
Wrong answers will bring you back down a level, but with a few more correct answers, the site will give you another chance at the word you missed and allow you to move back up.
This is a good site for beginners, but the wide sampling of vocabulary means even advanced speakers have a chance to learn some new words and brush up on the ones they’d forgotten.
Another game from ABCYa, Bingo includes picking two vocabulary sets and mixing them up on a bingo card, which you then mark off one by one as you hear the correct translations.
It’s clear this site is geared toward younger learners (the color scheme alone is a dead giveaway), but adult learners will appreciate the ability to target a specific vocabulary set.
You can also choose between English-to-Spanish or Spanish-to-English challenges, which can mix up your practice and keep the vocabulary fresh.
Level: All levels
Price: Some games are free, but others need a subscription
Rockalingua is a subscription-based service with many tools for language learners, including a whole slew of vocabulary games to learn Spanish.
Games are organized by vocabulary set and from there, you can choose the type of game you want to play and the level of difficulty.
The Concept Race game, which requires you to type a Spanish word before the corresponding picture drifts off the screen, is especially helpful for pinning down those few words you don’t quite remember.
The site’s adjustable difficulty levels and many vocabulary sets make it useful for any skill level.
12. Sopa de letras (Letter soup)
Sopa de letras is the Spanish name for what English speakers call a word search.
Whatever your method, solving a word search is a low-stress task that requires you to use spelling and word recognition, so if you want to learn vocabulary, these puzzles can help.
There are a lot of different ways to satisfy your craving for letter soup—you can download an app, solve online puzzles or buy a book if you’re a pen-and-paper kind of person.
If you’re looking to reinforce a particular vocabulary set, try solving a themed puzzle based on whatever topic you care to learn—or pick a favorite app/site and just start looking!
Price: Subscription needed for Spanish
Influent is a game designed specifically for language learners and revolves around helping language learners improve their vocabulary and pronunciation while exploring a digital world.
While playing Influent, you’ll be picking up and collecting items that are labeled and sometimes described for the purpose of compiling specific vocabulary lists.
It’s designed to be a free-form experience, where you learn what you want to learn.
Naming items as they’re collected, categorizing them out loud and practicing grouping them to form phrases and sentences is the best way to play.
123TeachMe offers a fun resource for beginning but more mature Spanish learners.
These games to learn Spanish are designed to keep teens and adults engaged while teaching a wide range of vocabulary and grammar concepts.
There are a multitude of game options, so get clicking and have fun!
It is worth noting that the games themselves may not include Spanish, but rather are normal games with questions you have to answer every 30 seconds to continue playing.
15. Words with Friends 2
Price: Free, with payment needed for additional features
If you didn’t catch “Word with Friends” when it was a mega-craze a few years ago, here’s how it works: it’s a digital Scrabble-like game where you compete with your friends to spell words with the most points.
You can choose to play in Spanish among several other languages.
This is a great way to build both your Spanish vocabulary and spelling skills in a fun, competitive environment.
Another cool advantage for Spanish learners is the ability to chat in Spanish with other players. Just hit the chat button while you’re waiting for your turn to practice your conversational skills.
16. Spanish Scrabble
I guess most of you know what Scrabble is and how challenging and entertaining it can be.
I bet you also know this isn’t a game for beginners if they aren’t playing in their mother tongue. But if you think you have enough Spanish vocabulary to give it a go, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy one of the best word games in history.
Buy the Spanish version of Scrabble and give it a shot. And check out this post for more Spanish board games!
Why Learn Spanish with Games?
When we think about games, we think about fun distractions. But actually, there’s a lot to the games that make them brimming with educational potential. Much of it comes down to their highly interactive nature.
When the act of studying becomes interactive, then it can be mentally stimulating in a way that makes it genuinely fun. That’s why this approach is used by many of today’s language learning programs and tools.
For example, FluentU equips authentic videos with interactive clickable subtitles that provide word translations. You can also make decks of multimedia vocabulary flashcards and take personalized quizzes that accept both written and spoken input.
So it’s only natural that games, being as immersive and interactive as they are, can pair wonderfully with something as complex as Spanish language learning.
Sure, they may not be as robust as language learning programs, but they can certainly boost your skills and let you have a fun time doing so.
There’s also the matter of time and convenience. Although you might not think it, you likely have 10 or 15 minutes of free time during the day, and games are perfect for quick and fun Spanish practice.
Have fun with using games to learn Spanish and enjoy your journey.
Things like grammar and vocabulary are extremely important, but taking a break from time to time to engage in some good old-fashioned fun is essential, too!