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Marnie’s Spanish 101: Measurements – Medidas

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Spanish for Kids – Español Para Niños

¡Hola! Welcome to the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County’s Spanish 101 blog series! Here you will find some wonderful resources, book suggestions and activities to help you and your little ones learn Spanish and have fun while doing it. 

This week, we are going to learn some Spanish words for measurements! Once you have practiced sounding out the words on the vocabulary list, try incorporating them into the simple phrases provided below.  Be sure to check out some of the recommended titles the library can offer to reinforce and expand on what you have learned. 



Pint Pinta (peentah) 

QuartCuarto (kwahr-toh) 

GallonGalón (gahlohn) 

WeightPeso (peh-soh) 

PoundLibra (leebrah) 

InchPulgada (pool-gah-dah) 

Centimeter – Centímetro (sehnteemehtroh) 

FootPie (pyeh) 

TeaspoonCucharadita (koochahrahdeetah) 

TablespoonCucharada (koochahrahdah) 

CupTaza (tah-sah) 

TallAlto (ahl-toh)  

WideAncho (ahnchoh) 

LongLargo (lahr-goh) 


Useful Phrases to Practice

How much milk do we have? – ¿Cuánta leche tenemos? 

We have a gallon of milkTenemos un galón de leche 

How tall are you? – ¿Cuánto mides? 

I am ___ feet, ___ inches tall. – Mido ___ pies y ___ pulgadas. 

How much do you weigh? – ¿Cuánto pesas? 

I weigh ___ pounds. – Yo peso ___libras. 


Note: Unlike other countries, the United States does not use the metric system. So, please keep that in mind if you are practicing with a native speaker! 


Check Out These Great Titles Available from Hoopla

Teaspoons, Tablespoons, And Cups / Cucharaditas, Cucharadas Y Tazas 
by Dr. Holly Karapetkova 

Young learners will be introduced to teaspoons, tablespoons and cups through repetitive text and great illustrations. Available from Hoopla 


Pounds, Feet, And Inches / Libras, Pies Y Pulgadas
by Dr. Holly Karapetkova 

A great book to help children understand pounds, feet, and inches and how they relate to things around them. 


Pints, Quarts, And Gallons / Pintas, Cuartos Y Galones
by Dr. Holly Karapetkova

Filled with images of everyday objects, children will easily learn new vocabulary while understanding how pints, quarts, and gallons are measured. 


Well, that’s it for now! Thank you so much for exploring this week’s Spanish 101 blog!  I’ll see you next time for more fun Spanish lessons, great books and fun activities.

¡Hasta Luego!



Would you like to take your Spanish lessons to the next level, or are interested in exploring other languages? Be sure to check out the free language learning resources the library offers! 

  • Mango Languages Mango is our online language-learning tool with dozens of language courses available – French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, English, Polish, Hebrew, etc.
  • Little PIMIntroduces children, 0-6, to foreign languages in a way they can understand and enjoy.
  • Transparent Language OnlineLearn a new language using a self-paced, online language-learning system. The Byki learning method takes users through a series of simple steps to memorize words and phrases in a new language, including their meanings and proper pronunciation, in the shortest possible time. 

Marnie is the Austintown Unit Assistant Supervisor & Youth Services Team Leader. She was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in northeast Ohio where she loved going to the library so much that she knew it was the career for her. When she’s not reading whatever she can get her hands on, she can be found trying new recipes, going for a hike or enjoying a good movie.