This Is How I Teach Spanish Color Words to Adult Students

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Learning Spanish color words as an adult learner can seem quite easy and even a bit boring. After many years of Spanish teaching, I’ve noticed that most students are eager to move on to more “relevant” topics. However, as a Spanish tutor, I have witnessed several students repeating mistakes regarding Spanish colors. I’ll expand on these mistakes later on. 

In order to help students learn the colors in Spanish in an engaging but also effective way, I decided to create my own teaching material. My digital resource works wonders in introducing colors to adults and making sure they learn how to use colors correctly in sentences. 

In this blog post I’d like to share with you the most common mistakes students make when learning Spanish color words. If you’re a student, this read is your essential guide to self-assessment and improvement. Alongside uncovering these common blunders, you’ll gain invaluable insights on how to steer clear of them in the future. And that’s not all – discover the exclusive Spanish colors resource that has transformed my students’ Spanish fluency. Ready to delve into the world of vibrant language? Let’s get started!

Teaching the Spanish Color Basics:

For the first lesson teaching Spanish colors to adults, I try to cover all the basics and a little bit more. I include drag and drop activities where students can reveal Spanish color words. Basic colors like “naranja,” “amarillo,” “blanco,” “negro,” “rojo,” “verde,” “azul,” “marrón,” “rosa,” “morado,” and “gris” are taught in this interactive exercise.

Moving on to Gender and Number Agreement:

One of the trickier aspects of Spanish color words is gender agreement. While in English the color ‘red’ will always be ‘red,’ in Spanish it can be “rojo” or “roja”. This also happens with other colors, but not all of them. The colors blanco/blanca, negro/negra, morado/morada, rojo/roja, amarillo/amarilla change their ending depending on the gender of the noun they modify. By providing examples and practice exercises, students can grasp this concept more effectively.

Common Mistake Students Make 

A common mistake beginners make is to not match the gender and number of the color with the object they are describing. Some students might say “las manzanas son rojo” instead of “las manzanas son rojas,” Another mistake I’ve noticed is giving a feminine form to colors that don’t change according to gender. For example, “la gata es grisa” instead of “la gata es gris”. 

Activities for Practice:

To reinforce learning, it’s important to practice. Personally, I find simple fill in the blanks activities with colors in Spanish very effective. These activities allow students to actively apply their knowledge, make mistakes, and learn from them. Additionally, I love a good writing activity to practice Spanish colors in plural form, helping students gain confidence in using colors in various contexts.

Engaging Assessment:

As a bonus, my favorite activity to teach the colors in Spanish is a Kahoot test. Kahoot is a fun and interactive platform that encourages active participation and healthy competition among students. This assessment allows learners to test their understanding of Spanish color words in an enjoyable way.

Self-Assessment Answer Sheet:

To encourage independent learning, I always make sure to provide an answer sheet for self-assessment. Students can check their answers and identify areas for improvement, fostering a sense of autonomy in their language journey.

My Favorite Resource to Teach Colors in Spanish

As previously mentioned, I’ve developed an all-encompassing resource that ticks all the essential boxes for teaching the fundamentals, including gender and number agreement, and offers ample practice opportunities. This resource not only includes a Kahoot test but also provides a self-assessment answer sheet to ensure a well-rounded learning experience.

No-Prep Convenience

One of the best features of this Spanish colors resource is its no-prep nature. As an instructor, I appreciate having a comprehensive material ready to use, saving time and effort in lesson preparation. The resource is adaptable to various teaching environments, making it an ideal fit for both remote learning and traditional classroom settings. Click here to check it out. Download the preview for free!


In summary, infusing creativity into the teaching of Spanish color words to adult students can significantly enhance engagement and effectiveness. Incorporating activities that address common mistakes, like ensuring color-noun gender and number agreement, adds depth and excitement to the learning process.

Teaching Spanish color words becomes a breeze with the help of this digital resource. From interactive activities to engaging assessments and self-assessment tools, it covers all the essential aspects of learning colors in Spanish. Whether you’re teaching beginners or reinforcing concepts with intermediate learners, this resource offers a dynamic and efficient way to introduce the vibrant world of Spanish color words.

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