April 26, 2021 by Michelle Margaret Fajkus Our Top Picks 0 comments
Did you know that Spanish crossword puzzles are an entertaining and effective way to practice learning Spanish online? They make the learning process both fun and rewarding.
Read this article to learn the benefits of working on a Spanish crossword puzzle—la crucigrama—and access a curated list of 10 superb websites where you can play!
Benefits of Spanish Crossword Puzzles
Crossword puzzles are great for learners of any age or level. Whether you’re an adult beginner, an intermediate student, or a bilingual child or a teenager, regularly doing crossword puzzles comes with multiple benefits.
1. Brain Health
All types of puzzles are beneficial to the brain. The way they sharpen your memory and learning skills is ideal for learning Spanish.
You may have heard that doing crosswords helps prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It’s true. Crosswords exercise your mind and keep it fresh and agile. What’s more, doing Spanish crossword puzzles activates extra neural pathways, since you’re engaging the brain in learning and using a second language.
2. Easy Access
You can do Spanish crosswords anytime, anywhere. The resources on this list are online crosswords, so all you need is an internet connection and a computer, tablet, or phone. Some give the option of printing a PDF, if you prefer to do crosswords the old-fashioned way with pencil and paper.
3. Improve Your Spanish
By doing Spanish crossword puzzles and similar leisure activities for learning Spanish, you’ll progress in your Spanish abilities. They exercise your mind through memory and logic. Best of all, the game format provides a satisfying and pleasant learning experience.
Some crossword puzzles are designed specifically for Spanish learners. They teach you new vocabulary words and strengthen your knowledge of existing ones. All in all, doing word puzzles in Spanish trains you to think in Spanish. That’s a major step in the direction of fluency!
10 Amazing Online Spanish Crossword Puzzle Sites
Instead of memorizing long and boring vocabulary lists, maintain your motivation to practice and expand your Spanish vocabulary in a fun, engaging way with these Spanish crossword websites!
Check out these 10 websites full of Spanish crosswords puzzles for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students.
Pro-tip: When it comes to the clues, “across” is labeled horizontales and “down” is called verticales. Spanish Wikipedia is great for solving puzzles. What’s more, Fsolver is a search engine dedicated specifically to solving Spanish crossword puzzles!
1. Lexis Rex
The crosswords on Lexis Rex come in three difficulty levels, they add new puzzles daily.
Solve these Spanish crosswords online simply by typing your answers directly into them. The site provides easy access buttons for entering special characters like accented vowels and ñ.
Alternatively, you can print out the crossword puzzle.
Lexis Rex is a basic, utilitarian site that features many learning resources and a number of other word games useful for learners, such as Spanish Hangman, Bingo, Memory, sentence builders and more.
Download two-page printable PDFs with puzzles and answer keys via SpanishTown. Their various categories including verbs, animals, insects, colors, and monsters. The crossword puzzles here are simple and kid-friendly!
This site features many free Spanish word games, matching games, practice tests, and vocabulary building activities.
3. Spanish Leve
On the Spanish Leve website, you’ll find online crossword puzzles on a variety of basic vocabulary topics like animals, food, objects and many more. It also features verb crosswords, which is a helpful way to improve your Spanish verb knowledge and practice conjugation.
4. Crossword Hobbyist
“The crossword enthusiast’s paradise,” Crossword Hobbyist includes a section devoted to Spanish puzzles. Their wide selection of puzzles presents clues in a variety of ways. All of them are solvable online in the browser.
The puzzles on this site are made by other people, so the quality varies. Check the ratings and add your own. Crossword Hobbyist even provides a handy “create your own crossword” tool.
Mundijuegos is a Spanish gaming website with more dazzle (in the form of design, graphics, and interactivity) than your average crossword site.
Registration is required in order to access the games, but it’s free. Enjoy playing Spanish Scrabble and other crossword-like word games against other players from every corner of the world. You could even make some Spanish-speaking friends while you play!
6. Surface Languages
In case you’re a polyglot, the site features crosswords in several world languages including Afrikaans, French, German, Italian, Polish, and Russian.
Crozzbi lets you play one free crossword on their homepage. It’s a bilingual (Spanish-English) crossword!
You get the words in one language and have to fill in the translation in the other language. For example: if the description or clue is “Bye,” you’d fill in “ADIOS.”
In case you get stuck, there are two cheat buttons to either reveal a letter or a complete word.
Crozzbi’s main products are hard-copy crossword puzzle books, based on their idea that “pencil and paper are by far the best tools to learn a language.” You don’t have to stare at a screen or be connected to the internet. Plus, you cannot be distracted by notifications. These are the advantages of doing Spanish crosswords offline.
8. Ask Paco
Ask Paco features tons of Spanish crosswords available in three levels (easy, medium, and difficult). You may choose to see the clues in English, Spanish, or a mixture of both languages.
9. Fun Trivia
On Fun Trivia, the bilingual crossword clues are either in English or Spanish. If it’s in English, you give the Spanish word as the answer, and vice versa. For better or worse, this website does not use accents marks. These puzzles are ideal for beginners.
10. El Pais
Lastly, for the truly serious Spanish crossword puzzler, Spain’s newspaper El País features a free daily online crossword puzzle. Doing a puzzle a day (or attempting to!) helps upper intermediate and advance students bolster their vocabulary and reading skills. Give it a shot!
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We hope you enjoy and benefit from these online crossword puzzles in Spanish! They’re ideal for enhancing your Spanish reading and spelling skills. Of course, listening and speaking are also key when learning a new language. To hone those abilities, take a free class with a friendly, certified, native-speaking teacher at Homeschool Spanish Academy. With over a decade of experience and more than 20,000 active students, we know how to give each person the Spanish content they need to attain Spanish fluency.
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Michelle Margaret Fajkus is a bilingual writer and longtime yoga teacher. A former advertising copywriter turned bilingual elementary school teacher, she is now a freelance writer, editor and translator. A native Texan, Michelle has Mexican roots and learned Spanish in middle and high school. She has become more fluent thanks to living as an expat in Guatemala. She lives with her family on beautiful Lake Atitlan.
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