This is palindrome week. Every date from 2/20/22 to 2/28/22 is a palindrome – it reads the same backwards and forwards.
Have you ever tried using palindromes with your Spanish students? A couple of well-known palindromes in English are race car and Madam, I’m Adam.
Here are some SPANISH PALINDROMES, which have lists and activities with answers. They’re fun! This could be a good activity or brain break.
Another word for palindrome in Spanish is capicúa, which comes from Catalán. This word is composed of cap (cabeza) y cua (cola), indicating the beginning and the end of the word or phrase are the same. Thanks to Ana Tijerina for mentioning this!
Here are a few phrases in English that are palindromes in Spanish. They go from easy to more difficult. How many can you get?
the natural route
I am going
I love the dove
Give rice to the female fox, Ed
Jump that atlas
Are we or aren’t we?
I give you a bit of everything
How many did you get? Have your students try them out. If they have trouble coming up with the palindrome in Spanish, coach them to write just a word or two that they recognize both forwards and also backwards. That will prompt the other words.
For more see these SPANISH PALINDROMES lists and activities.