Do you still struggle with Spanish typing, never learned the shortcuts for creating accent marks, or never even gotten around to installing a Spanish keyboard on your computer?
Today’s the day to change that and learn to type Spanish super fast with Spanish typing games.
So let’s get you out of your Spanish typing slump and on to typing mastery.
- Why Learn to Type in Spanish as a Learner?
- How to Set Yourself Up for Spanish Typing Fun and Games
- 4 Sources for Spanish Typing Games to Make Your Fingers Fly!
Why Learn to Type in Spanish as a Learner?
Most of us, when we embark on a language learning mission, hope to eventually communicate well with others, and typing is obviously an essential communication method in today’s world.
But here are just a couple of the big reasons why you should learn to type in Spanish now, while you’re still learning the language:
- Can anyone say social media? That’s right. So much of our learning—and sharing—is done through social media, and that, my friend, requires quick typing. Thoughts and feelings shouldn’t be held back because you’re looking for how to type ñ. Practicing Spanish using social media should be fun, but if you’re trying to remember how to type an accent, you’re not having fun, are you?
- It’s also a given that you’ll have a better chance to improve your writing skills if you’re not at odds with your keyboard. Sure, you could hand-write (and you should include that in your Spanish practice) but getting your thoughts down happens quicker for most of us when we type. If you’re writing quickly, chances are you’ll write more often. Writing in Spanish, like most other skills, benefits from practice. And letting the writing flow leads to increased creativity. A total win-win situation!
- Your Spanish learning resources can and should require typing in the language. With FluentU’s language learning platform, for example, you have access to quizzes that teach you key vocabulary from real-world videos (like music videos, movie trailers, cartoons, etc.). These require you to type Spanish words, accents and all—just like you’d need to in a real-life context. While FluentU also provides its own system for typing accent marks, eventually learning to reproduce words on your own is key to being able to communicate in Spanish.
What’s more, it’s a fact that games support language learning, so typing games and Spanish are a perfect match.
How to Set Yourself Up for Spanish Typing Fun and Games
I know you’re already wondering how to get the accent and punctuation marks right using your English keyboard. In order to type Spanish words, you’ll need to either add a Spanish keyboard to your devices and computer or use some keyboard shortcuts to make the correct letters and marks appear. Neither is a big deal.
Let’s look at your phone first. Adding a keyboard there is a breeze.
For iPhone, go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard.
For Android, go to Settings > Language and input (where you can adjust your keyboard settings).
Your computer, depending on whether it’s a PC or a Mac, has a different routine to change the keyboard. You can find a complete explanation of both here, along with a handy shortcut.
4 Sources for Spanish Typing Games to Make Your Fingers Fly!
Sense-lang is an absolute goldmine of typing resources. It’s loaded with tutorials, typing tests, language learning tips and games. One of the coolest things is that everything is available in over a dozen languages. So after you conquer typing in Spanish, go check out some of the others!
- Typing Band. This is a very basic game—with music that will make you smile while your fingers find their way on the keyboard. A band, with three musicians on top of speakers and one intimidating-looking drummer, play music while letters waft through the air headed for targets on the speakers. The object is to make each letter hit the intended speaker at the correct moment. If you don’t, the drummer becomes annoyed and your score reflects your need to practice.
This appears simple, but the reality is, keeping up with the letters and making them hit the target is a challenge, especially for beginners. It’s a great way to train your mind to find the right letters without stopping to think about where they are. The drummer’s glare puts the pressure on, and that alone makes it worthwhile to urge your fingers to find the proper placements.
- Kayak. Kayak is more advanced—and I have to admit, this one has me hooked! There’s a little guy in a kayak on a river. Type lines to make it move forward. If you don’t type well or quickly enough the kayak stalls or goes backward. Game play changes with each screen. Some adventures involve floating fruit that the kayaker is supposed to retrieve. And, there are rocks to avoid!
Depending on the player’s typing skill, the kayak and its occupant either make it intact to the finish line—or don’t. This game makes typing practice pure entertainment.
TypeRacer is called “the global racing competition” because each player can compete with other online racers. And those racers? They can come from any spot on the globe!
Typing passages as they appear makes your race car move. Move fast, and you win. Stall out, and you’re the loser.
On the surface, this may sound uncomplicated. But when you factor in that punctuation—think inverted question and exclamation marks—counts, this is a real test of your skills. The great thing about it is that punctuation does matter. I mean, English keyboards don’t have those unique Spanish punctuation marks so we’re not accustomed to using them. This game puts them into play and that’s enough to teach us where they are and when they matter!
If you’re looking for a spot to have a blast and explore hundreds of options, TypingClub is the go-to place to perfect your typing skills.
There are 510 Spanish typing games to choose from and that’s a bit overwhelming—at least initially. You would think the problem might be deciding which ones to try, but each game description gives players an idea of what skills the game hits on (fingering, differentiating between similar letters, etc.) so that narrows things down substantially.
Some of the early lessons feature a little ninja who teaches typing basics. Fingering is the focus in earlier games. A little later on, there are more letters to practice so things are more complicated but the general idea is still to make the ninja grab balloons to move from one point to another. Miss letters? Drop the ninja. Get him safely to the other side? Your reward is a precision and words-per-minute score.
Later lessons increase in difficulty and cover even more Spanish typing skills. Remember, there are hundreds of games, so if you’re serious about typing like a pro you’ll want to devote some practice time to this site.
FreeTypingGame.net is a site that offers Spanish typing games in a truly awesome way. They include play with all the Spanish characters so players become accustomed to typing in true Spanish style. Each game has three levels of play—beginner, intermediate or advanced—so it’s a great spot to see progress as you move between levels.
Adding Spanish characters is simple. After clicking on a game, just choose #38 on the “Lesson” dropdown menu, and let the games begin!
- Typing Wars: Return of the Keyboard. If you like space games, you’ll love this one. The mission is to stop the evil galactic empire. How? Type the word above your battleship, use your torpedoes and take your Spanish typing skills to the next galaxy. This game is pure entertainment. It’s suitable for even beginning typists because it doesn’t feature long passages or tricky punctuation that might slow a novice.
- Desert Typing Racer. This driving game is not for the faint of heart. The desert setting looks real but what’s even more realistic is the way it feels to be behind the wheel! There are different levels of play, but as play progresses they speed up. Correctly typing words and phrases that appear above oncoming traffic or the cars ahead of yours allows your speeding vehicle safe passage. But miss a word and there’s a screen-shattering crash. Miss too many words and you’re out of the game.
This is an excellent way to learn to type without overthinking. Its heart-racing action brings instinct to the keyboard!
- The Frogs Are Off Their Diet! It’s almost impossible not to fall in love with this game. Silly little frogs sit and wait for words to fall from the sky. If the words fall before the player manages to correctly type them, the frogs eat them and fall off their diet. When every frog has eaten, game play ends. The object? Keep as many frogs hungry as possible!
This frog game is sweet and fun but it also is fantastic practice—not just for typing but for learning vocabulary.
- Space Bar Invaders. When an alien invasion is underway, there’s only one way to end it. That’s right—type the words that appear beneath the wiggling creatures before the aliens get to ground.
Playing this game is a surefire way to hone your Spanish typing skills and maybe even add to your vocabulary list. The beginner level takes things nice and slow but by the advanced level your fingers better be ready for action because the invaders mean business!
- Keyboard Revolution. Keyboard Revolution takes typing practice to the disco. It features dancing, music and watching some funky characters get their groove on.
As long as the correct letters are typed, the beat goes on. This game’s advanced play level gets the letters moving pretty quickly so you better not skip too many or the game will end. It’s a solid exercise in taking command of the keyboard, knowing where the characters are and making your fingers work to hit the right keys in precise order.
All this play will bring your Spanish typing skills to a new level.