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Learn 3 Basic Spanish Words for Beginners with This Easy Video

If you’re looking for an easy way to introduce your kids to Spanish and help them learn basic Spanish words for beginners, then stories are the perfect place to start! This animated story has 3 verbs your kids need to know to be able to talk to others in Spanish. 

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3 Must-Know Verbs

This story includes 3 common verbs that will help your kids communicate with others better. 

The first verb is hay (there is/there are) and is from the infinitive haber. 

The second verb is tiene (he/she has) from the infinitive tener. This verb is used to tell age in Spanish as well as to say you have something.

The third verb is quiere (he/she wants) from the infinitive querer. 

Easy to Understand Story with Basic Spanish Words for Beginners

Stories are engaging and one of the best ways to learn basic Spanish words for beginners. 

Animated Video

Just click this link or the video below to have your kids watch the story. They’ll easily be able to understand it because of the images and the words are in Spanish and English on the screen. 

Written Story with Basic Spanish Words for Beginners

Here’s the whole story that I tell in the video. You can have your kids read the story after listening to it for additional practice with these basic Spanish words for beginners.

Hay un muchacho. 

El muchacho se llama Felipe. 

Felipe tiene quince años.

Un día, Felipe no tiene donas (donuts).

Hay donas en Krispy Kreme en Tacoma.

Felipe quiere ir a Krispy Kreme.

Por eso (For that reason), Felipe va (he goes) a Krispy Kreme.

Hay muchas donas en Krispy Kreme.

Hay ochenta y seis donas en Krispy Kreme.

Ahora, Felipe quiere vivir en Krispy Kreme.

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Comprehension Questions for the Story

Below are the questions I ask in the video about the story to continue practicing these basic words in Spanish for beginners. I’ve included the answers as well.

¿Cuántas donas hay en Krispy Kreme?

Hay muchas donas en Krispy Kreme. Hay ochenta y seis donas en Krispy Kreme.

¿Cómo se llama el muchacho?

El muchacho se llama Felipe.

¿Cuántos años tiene Felipe?

Felipe tiene quince años.

¿Qué no tiene Felipe?

Felipe no tiene donas.

More Resources with These 3 Verbs

Check out the activities and videos below for more practice with hay, quiere, tiene.

Conversation

This conversation uses the verb tengo (I have) and tienes (do you have) both of which come from tener – the same verb as tiene from the story about Felipe.

Movie Talk – A Listening Activity

Movie Talk is a listening activity with a description of a video or video clip in Spanish. This activity makes understanding Spanish even easier because your kids can watch the action while hearing Spanish at the same time.

In this short video, I describe our family cat, Gus, and him trying to play with one of his toys. It uses hay, tiene, and quiere like the story about Felipe.

Coloring Pages

These posts have coloring pages with the word hay for some simple reading practice.

Click this link for five coloring pages with Squishmallow forest animals. Animals are fun basic Spanish words for beginners!

Click this link for four coloring pages with donuts. These coloring pages have reading practice for both hay and donas from the story about Felipe.

This story about a boy named Felipe is a great is an easy and engaging way to help your kids start learning basic words in Spanish for beginners so click the link to have your kids watch this animated video to start. Then have your kids complete the other activities for more practice with the verbs so these basic Spanish words for beginners will stick over time! 

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