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Marnie’s Spanish 101: The Family – La Familia

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Spanish for Kids – Español Para Niños

¡Hola Amigos! I’m Marnie with the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, and welcome to our Spanish 101 blog series for kids! Here you’ll find some wonderful resources, book suggestions and activities and to help your little ones learn Spanish and have fun while doing it!   

This week, we’re going to learn and practice the Spanish words for family members.  So let’s get started! Practice the vocabulary words below, and try sounding them out. 

The Family – La Familia  

Family – Familia (fah-meelyah) 

Grandfather – Abuelo (ah-bwehloh) 

Grandmother  Abuela (ah-bwehlah) 

Father – Padre (pah-dreh) 

Mother – Madre (mah-dreh) 

Daughter – Hija (ee-hah) 

Son – Hijo (ee-hoh) 

Sister – Hermana (ehrmahnah) 

Brother – Hermano (ehr-mah-noh) 

Uncle – Tío (teeoh) 

Aunt – Tía (tee-ah) 

Cousin (male)– Primo(preemoh)  

Cousin (female) – Prima (pree-mah) 

Niece – Sobrina (soh-brree-nah) 

Nephew – Sobrino (soh-brree-noh) 

Recommended Videos & Activities:

Watch a video that will help you practice this vocabulary and pronounce the words correctly. 

Activities: Talking About Family Members

Family Photos – A great way to practice this vocabulary is to hold up pictures of loved ones and talking about the people in the pictures using the words you’ve learned. 

This is my family – Esta es mi familia 

Who is he? – ¿Quién es él? 

He is my dad – El es mi papá 

Who is she? – ¿Quién es ella? 

She is my mom – Ella es mi mamá 

What is your grandmother’s name? – ¿Cómo se llama tu abuela? 

Her name is … – Ella se llama  

How old is your aunt? – ¿Cuántos años tiene tu tía? 

She is___ years old. – Ella tiene ___ años. 

Does she have children?  – ¿Tiene hijos ella? 

Yes, he/she has ___ children – ella tiene ___ hijos.

Suggested Reading

Family and Friends/Familia Y Amigos by Kathleen Petelinsek
Not only does this title have Spanish and English translations, but is also a great introduction to American Sign Language! With illustrations of each sign and the corresponding words in English and Spanish, children will learn three different ways of communicating the same concepts
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Available from Hoopla 

Mi Familia/My Family by Tina Benjamin
This bilingual title will not only teach readers some everyday words and phrases, but also give them a look at the kinds of things different families do and how they spend time together.
Grade Level: Preschool – 1
Available from Hoopla 

Family Pictures/Cuadros De Familia by Carmen Lomas Garza 

This book is a celebration of the author’s childhood growing up in a traditional Mexican American home. Written in English and Spanish and filled with colorful illustrations, readers will get a sense of the lives and traditions of this culture. Available for Curbside Pickup
Grade Level: 1-2 

Thank you so much for exploring this week’s Spanish 101 for Kids blog! I hope you’ll practice talking about your family in Spanish, it’s a great way to improve your fluency.  We’ll see you next time for more fun Spanish lessonsgreat books and fun activities!   

¡Hasta Luego!  



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.