How to practice Spanish listening comprehension

How to practice Spanish Listening comprehension

195: How to practice Spanish listening comprehension with Suzette Laporte-Ayo

In episode 193, Suzette, the Spanish teacher at show sponsor FundaFunda Academy shared apps and websites for learning Spanish. In this episode, she expands on the last website she mentioned in that episode and explains how one could use it to practice Spanish listening comprehension.

The website Suzette uses in her online classes is spanishlistening.org

Listen to the episode to hear Suzette explain what to get your children to do with this website to improve their ability to understand spoken Spanish.

You can find Suzette at her website Spanish Fun and on Instagram at spanishfunwithsuzette

All her Spanish classes (from K – 12th grade) are available here.

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Apps and websites for learning Spanish

Apps and Websites for Learning Spanish

193: Apps and websites for learning Spanish with Suzette Laporte-Ayo

Suzette shares apps and websites for learning Spanish that she incorporates into the online classes she teaches at FundaFunda Academy. Listen to the episode to hear her explain how she uses each one.

  1. Quizlet (website and app for K and up). Listen to episode 25 for more info on how to use Quizlet effectively to learn a language
  2. Study Spanish (website for MS and up)
  3. Spanish Spanish (website for K and up but young ones need parental help to navigate)
  4. Rockalingua (website for K-4th maybe a little older)
  5. Fun Spanish App (app for K-4th)
  6. Spanish Listening (website – for MS and up)

You can find Suzette at her website Spanish Fun and on Instagram at spanishfunwithsuzette

All her Spanish classes (from K – 12th grade) are available here.

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Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a review! Subscribing will help you make sure you never miss an episode

Apps and Websites for Learning Spanish

Resources for Learning Spanish, Interview with Karim Morato

This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Resources for Learning Spanish, Interview with Karim Morato.Resources for Learning Spanish, Interview with Karim Morato

We are joined today by our dear friend, Karim Morato. Karim is a popular Spanish teacher who owns, heads the courses and teaches curriculum at Spanish Educational Solutions and Homeschool Spanish Curriculum. Because she was born in Guatemala and has experience with Latin culture and the richness of her native tongue as well as her education degree in the US, she can give students unique Spanish-learning experiences!

Karim and her husband have been homeschooling their three children. Their oldest has graduated and is in college. Her second child graduated from homeschool high school this year! Fortunately for Karim, she still has one in middle school…so a few more years of homeschoooling high school.

Karim is passionate about helping parents help their kids learn Spanish. She is also passionate about helping young people learn the various Spanish-related cultures. Not only that, but Karim is the Spanish-language co-ordinator and an advisor at HSLDA. She is busy empowering parents for home education!

As Vicki says, one of the best ways to learn a world language is from a world language native speaker!

Homeschooling in the Hispanic community is really growing these days

Karim notes that there have been some Hispanic homeschooling families since the early days. However, there were not enough to provide a sense of Hispanic community within the homeschooling culture. One of the few good things that came out of the pandemic was that leaders within the Hispanic community rose up to help families homeschool well during the lockdowns. Now that there are leaders and community, more families kept homeschooling after schools opened back up.

HSLDA has been part of enabling Hispanic leaders to help their communities. Karim got connected with them in the funniest way. We were all at our beloved 2:1 Conference several years ago. Karim was scheduled, along with a group of blogging friends, to go to lunch with us from 7Sisters. However, she got stuck in a conversation with a representative from Homeschool Legal Defense Association and missed the ride. However, that connection gave HSLDA a “know-someone” who is respected in the Hispanic community. One thing led to another and she became the HSLDA outreach coordinator for the Hispanic homeschool community.

This is such a good example of the power of connection. People connection is a way that communities grow and stay healthy!

Recently Karim was part of HSLDA’s first official Spanish homeschool conference in April 2022. There were two hundred fifty families attending! Since then, Karim has been involved with some online workshops and conferences as well. There are so many Spanish resources for homeschooling now!

Now other homeschool organizations such as Home Education Association of Virginia have added a Spanish track to their annual conference.

As Vicki points out that God made all of us to be brothers and sisters in the Lord. He also made each of us unique. Therefore, to be Hispanic in the homeschool community is a unique situation. It is so exciting to see how God is opening doors for the unity and diversity within his homeschooling community! We can love each other as the children of God in all the different ways!

How can you connect with our diverse homeschool community? (and teach your children these skills)

Connecting a loving and diverse community is as simple as:

  • saying “Hi” at a group function
  • sitting with different people at gatherings
  • inviting a new family over for a dinner or to a field trip

These are all great social skills to model for our homeschoolers and examples of Christ’s lovingness, as well as creating a welcoming community!

Making connections helps teens learn.

Resources for learning Spanish

It is SO good for young people to learn Spanish from a native Spanish speaker like Karim. There are also advantages to learning Spanish from a teacher like Karim. She can share with homeschool high schoolers Hispanic cultures and traditions in a way that someone raised in the United States could not. This is adds a richness of learning that make learning Spanish much more meaningful!

Karim has a Masters in Education and specializes in curriculum creation. Therefore she can bring an excellent Spanish experience to her students through her Spanish-teaching organizations.

The first thing students learn is to think of Spanish, not as a language, but as people. That is because, young people learn better through connections. If they think about people, they feel connected and then connect to their language-learning better.

The next thing Karim works on with her students is their connection to the future. She helps them think about the possibilities of needing to speak Spanish in different situations. For instance:

  • What if they go on a missions trip to a Spanish-speaking country?
  • Or what if they have a career that requires travel to a Spanish-speaking area?

After that, Karim works on optional mentoring connections for families that want to learn Spanish together. This gives teens practice in conversations with real people. This is time when they do not need to worry about grammar or getting everything spoken correctly. Rather, it is a chance to practice, have fun and develop confidence in learning Spanish. Karim’s mentors are Spanish speakers from Spanish-speakers from all over the world!

Karim’s resources for learning Spanish

Check out Karim’s programs at Homeschool Spanish Curriculum. There are so many ways to learn Spanish there!

Also find Karim on:

Karim is one of those people who bring joy into the world. Join Karim and Vicki for an encouraging discussion on learning Spanish!

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Spanish for Homeschool High School, Interview with Karim Morato

This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Spanish for Homeschool High School, Interview with Karim Morato.

Spanish for Homeschool High School, Interview with Karim Morato. Teaching your teens Spanish if you aren't an expert is easier with Karim's help!

Spanish for Homeschool High School, Interview with Karim Morato

Teaching your teens Spanish can be an intimidating adventure. Ever felt intimidated by world languages? Karim Morato joins Vicki to help you out! Karim is not only a native Spanish speaker, but an expert educator in teaching Spanish. Karim has a website with amazing, online Spanish courses from homeschooling elementary through high school.

Karim (born in Guatemala) had just finished her education degree with, as a newlywed, her Bolivian-born husband asked if they could homeschool when they had children. He remembered the missionaries he grew up with had homeschooled their children and he wanted to keep it up. They both agreed that they would like to raise their family to be bilingual, and that homeschooling would facilitate that.

Karim and her husband went to their first homeschool convention five years before their children were born. They now have three children. (Her oldest graduated homeschool high school this spring!) They found homeschooling SO appealing!

First off, Vicki wanted to know some of the advantages for her children of being raised bilingual speakers. Karim explains:

  • Karim’s oldest, love science and math, but her college resume highlight is her bilingual abilities and her understanding of several cultures.
  • All the kids are comfortable when the family goes back Guatemala or Bolivia to visit family because they can comfortably communicate with their relatives.
  • It has made the world so much bigger to them. They have more experiences than other children when they can speak and think in two languages.

Karim started her website Spanish Homeschool Curriculum to help her homeschool friends who had no clue how to teach Spanish to their children. She knew that many parents would like to start as early as elementary school to give their children a taste of bilingual speaking. She also knew that homeschool high schoolers need world languages on their transcripts.

Her key to teaching Spanish to all ages is that her courses deeply connect the language to the culture. This brings an emotional connection to the language study. That is important because Spanish is an emotional language! Culture is key.

Teens are excited to learn Spanish when they know the "WHY"!

The next important part of teaching Spanish for homeschool high school is helping teens understand the “WHY” of learning the language:

  • Spanish helps teens with career opportunities and advancement
  • Spanish helps teens in international travel (or even in travel to certain parts of the United States)
  • Spanish helps teens have a good transcript
  • Spanish helps teens have a practical chance a becoming bilingual

Karim started her website to help students gain Spanish skills with online, self-paced courses. Parents are still in charge (they have not lost control of their teen’s education) but they have the joy of having an expert do the heavy lifting. Parents help teens set goals and keep their pace: they become resource manager for their teens. Karim teaches and handles the expertise (and the grading!).

After clarifying the students’ “Why”, Karim works on motivation for the homeschool high school Spanish learners. They talk about mindset for success.

Then Karim leads the teens on the journey of learning Spanish online. Homeschool high schoolers learn:

  • Vocabulary and Grammar in context of “why” and motivation
  • Cultural Study
  • Putting the language together in writing and speaking in an interactive process that teaches the brain to think in Spanish (Karim has found that even students with some learning difficulties can succeed in this format.)

Students have tests and assignments in each module. They have the ability to retake tests so that they can develop mastery.

Karim says that Spanish is a language that keeps building. There are several levels in her course and each course includes review so that they do not loose skills. At the same time, she is moving her homeschool high schoolers from parroting information to speaking, describing, emoting and thinking in Spanish.

Karim emphasizes that teens learn to speak Spanish well by starting imperfectly and improving over time. It is okay to make mistakes.

You can find Karim’s courses at:

Join Vicki and Karim for help in teaching Spanish for homeschool high school!

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Spanish for Homeschool High School, Interview with Karim Morato

How to use Quizlet to learn foreign language vocabulary with Suzette Laporte-Ayo

How to Use Quizlet

Episode 25: How to use Quizlet to learn foreign language vocabulary with Suzette Laporte-Ayo

Quizlet is a free online resource and app that has quizzes and games for many different subjects. In this podcast, Suzette Laporte-Ayo, Spanish teacher at FundaFunda Academy, explains her unique way of using Quizlet for Spanish vocabulary study. Her method will work for most foreign languages.

There are many lists of vocabulary words on Quizlet. Choose one and spend 2 weeks working on it as follows:

First week of learning new vocabulary

1. Go to the “Flashcards” tab and listen to the words being pronounced and repeat them aloud.

2. Go to the “Match” game and try to get the fastest time you can.

3. Go to the “Spell” game and try to get a 90% or better.

Second week of learning new vocabulary


1. Go through the Flashcards again and say the word in Spanish BEFORE you flip the card then listen to the correct word.

2. Go to the “Write” tab and type the word for the picture that appears. If your child is not old enough to type, a parent can type it for them. After typing the word in Spanish, check to see if you got it right then say it out loud and then click on the speaker to listen to the word again.

3. Go to the “Test” tab. Again, if a child isn’t writing yet, a parent can type it for them. You can go to the left-hand side and find the “options” tab. Click it to choose to answer in Spanish, prompted in English, and the max amount of questions possible. Try to get 90% or more.

4. For 2nd grade and up, go to the “Gravity” tab. This game might be a little difficult. You need to type the word in Spanish before the asteroid disappears. Start out on the easy level. If you get good at it you can increase your difficulty level.

Creating your own vocabulary list in Quizlet


What if the curriculum you are using or class you are taking has a specific list of words that need to be learned? Create your own list! Quizlet will add in the foreign language translation and pronunciation and create all the games!

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How to Use Quizlet