Got those winter blues yet?
Ready for all those crazy blizzards that send people into emergency preparedness frenzies?
There’s a reason why this is the part of the season that tends to drag on.
The holidays have been over for a while now.
If you haven’t yet, you can put away your ornaments, throw out the tree and finish off the remaining candies.
While you’re at it, you might as well pack up all your Spanish-language Christmas vocabulary, stories, activities and songs—hopefully they’ll all still be in your mind for when next year rolls around!
But wait a minute—it’s still winter. There are still plenty of seasonal words you’ll need to communicate effectively in Spanish.
But how do you learn new vocabulary when all you want to do is curl up in a ball and hibernate until spring? Grab a blanket, curl up on the couch and learn new words while enjoying these seasonal songs, shows and movies!
Why Learn Spanish Winter Words?
I’m sure you are asking “Why would I want to learn winter words when I could be napping?” Well argued, reader. Well argued.
But really, learning winter vocabulary is not much harder than napping, and there are certainly some distinct advantages.
First of all, winter words are fun. There’s something festive about learning seasonal words, and that should make learning them a breeze (though perhaps a frosty one).
Additionally, winter words are often ignored. Sure, you think about learning vocabulary for romance, dining and traveling, but when most people think about learning a new language, no one says “Ooo – I want to learn all the winter words!” Since winter words are an important part of many conversations, though, not knowing these seasonal words would leave a gaping hole in your vocabulary. Do not fall into this icy pit of despair!
Skate Through Spanish Winter Words: 10 Cool Resources for Learners to Survive Invierno
Music is one of the greatest ways to learn new vocabulary. After all, it’s lovely to listen to. Additionally, some songs are incredibly catchy, making their vocabulary impossible to forget as you lay awake in bed humming the melodies.
Here are some helpful winter songs to warm up with.
Okay, this first one isn’t just one song—this resource offers five Spanish winter songs chock full of great winter vocabulary. Bonus: Spanish Playground lists some of the lyrics for easy reading.
- The first song titled “Invierno, invierno“ (“Winter, Winter”) features the word invierno so frequently that you’ll never be able to forget it even if your brain freezes. But you’ll also get helpful words like nieve (snow), blanca (white), frío (cold), gorro (hat), guantes (gloves) and calefacción (heating). Additionally, the video features easy images to help you understand each word.
- The second song “El invierno está llegando” (Winter Is Coming) will help you learn words like bufanda (scarf), tiritones (shivers), viento (wind), frotar (to rub) and, of course, invierno (winter).
- The third song “Invierno” (Winter) features some great weather words like viento (wind), frío (cold), nubes (clouds) and nieve (snow).
- The fourth song “Cuando tengas mucho frío” (When You’re Very Cold) features lots of wintry words with a fun, catchy beat that will get kids and adults alike dancing.
- The final song “Frosty el muñeco de nieve“ (Frosty the Snowman) is generally considered a Christmas song, but it has lots of great winter words worth hearing. For instance, the very title contains a helpful vocabulary lesson: el muñeco de nieve literally means the “doll of snow,” but it’s equivalent to “snowman.” Also pay attention to words like helado (frozen), gorra (cap) and bufanda (scarf).
2. “Libre Soy” (Let It Go)
Yet another helpful song. For one thing, it’s notoriously (and sometimes infuriatingly) catchy. This will help because it will get stuck in your head. Millions of modern moms and dads will understand your pain.
If you learn it in Spanish, this won’t just be a lifelong earworm, but it will also help to endlessly reinforce the featured vocabulary.
Conveniently enough, this video is in Spanish, but it also shows the Spanish words and their translations. Pay attention to seasonal words like nieve (snow), viento (wind), tormenta (storm), tempestad (storm), frío (cold), congelada (frozen) and cristalizar (to crystallize).
3. “Hazy Shade of Winter” by Simon & Garfunkel
The Spanish version of this classic American song can also help you learn some key words. This video is in English, but captioned in Spanish so you can practice reading your winter words.
Shows and Clips
If you want something short and easy to watch, shows are a great option. These YouTube videos are great for a quick, easy lesson.
4. “Peppa pig un frío día de invierno” (“Peppa pig a cold day of winter”)
This is intended for children, but there’s plenty of great vocabulary to learn. Listen for words like frío (cold), abrigo (coat), manoplas (mittens), congelado (frozen) and copo de nieve (snowflake). If you like to see the words as you hear them, you can also put on closed captioning by clicking the “cc” at the bottom right side of the video. But be warned—closed captioning isn’t 100% accurate.
5. “La cruda realidad del invierno” (“The crude reality of winter”)
This one is for adults only. If you’re offended by adult language, please move on to the next video. But for those who enjoy some colorful language and situations, this humorous YouTube video highlights some unpleasant aspects of winter.
It’s a little harder to understand than some videos, so it’s best for more advanced speakers. Still, from the very beginning it’s filled with great vocabulary like cabañas (cabins), frío (cold), lluvia (rain) and fogata (bonfire).
6. “Doctor TV – La neumonía, el asesino del invierno” (“Doctor TV – Pneumonia, the killer of winter”)
This is a discussion on pneumonia. After all, winter is nothing if not disease-laden.
As you watch this video, you’ll learn about this vary serious health condition, but you’ll also learn some helpful seasonal words like temporada (season), resfrío (cold virus), cambio de clima (change of climate), humedad (humidity), neumonía (pneumonia), virus (virus), mucosa (mucous), infección (infection) and countless other words affiliated with wintertime sickness.
This video also offers closed captioning so you can read the words as well, but do keep in mind the closed captioning isn’t entirely accurate.
This a helpful style guide for the fashion-obsessed. This will help you work on seasonal clothing vocabulary like bufanda (scarf), abrigo (coat) and estola (stole). It might also help you with some New Year’s resolution words like adelgazar (to lose weight).
Again, you might want to turn on the closed captioning to read along, but as always, there are some pretty ridiculous errors in the closed captioning.
Many DVDs offer Spanish language subtitles and/or dubbing, so all you need to do is change the setting in your “preferences” or “settings” menu to practice your Spanish. You can even play around and watch it in Spanish with English-language subtitles, watch it in English with Spanish-language subtitles or whatever combination best suits your needs and learning style.
For a few ideas, the following wintry DVDs feature both subtitles and dubbing in Spanish.
Sure, it’s about Christmas, but this movie is worth watching in Spanish for general winter vocabulary as well. The song “Snow” in particular features a nearly obsessive focus on the white stuff. Watch this movie in Spanish, and you’ll surely learn a plethora of snow related terms.
This wintry movie features a main character who freezes many things, so you’ll learn plenty of ice and snow related words. Plus, one of the main characters (Olaf) is an actual snowman, so there’s that…
Since this movie was filmed in Antarctica and features one of the most wintry animals there is, there will be plenty of vocabulary about ice, snow, coldness and, of course, the adorable penguins themselves.
So don’t flake on learning valuable winter vocabulary.
Enjoy these learning activities and stay warm!
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