Childhood is filled with “J” words, at least in Spanish. «Jugar» means “to play.” «Juguetes» are toys. And, of course, «jirafas» are pretty self-explanatory and fascinating. If your learner needs Spanish letter J practice, this free worksheet is for you!
The “official” name of the Spanish “J” is «la jota». It is generally pronounced “hoe-tah,” “hoh-tah,” or «jo-ta». As in most languages, the exact sound varies by location and dialect.
However, since phonetic alphabets differ wildly or are difficult to understand, the easiest way to learn to pronounce «la jota» is to hear it over and over and to practice. Try one of these two videos to hear and practice the sound.
- Forming capital “J”
- Forming lowercase “J”
- Identifying capital “J”
- Identifying lowercase “J”
- Familiarization with “J” vocabulary and a common infinitive
- jugar deportes
- la jota
In this two-page printable, you’ll find preschool- and kindergarten-oriented activities involving «la jota», such as practicing formation of capital letters (mayúsculas) and lowercase letters (minúsculas) and being introduced to “J” vocabulary. Because of the age group targeted, directions are scaffolded in English and Spanish or use English/Spanish cognates.
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Ideas for Use
Students in preschool or kindergarten will likely benefit most from this worksheet, but this free Spanish Letter J worksheet is great for any student who needs a little extra letter and Spanish vocabulary practice.