In this post you’ll discover different ways in which you can use Dobble for your Spanish learning. You’ll also find a Dobble game to download and print, and a digital version to use online.
It’s not a secret that I love using games in my Spanish classes.
Did you realize that while you’re having fun, you’re more motivated, you’re paying more attention and so the learning is more effective? Yes, it is!
Dobble is one of my favorite games for language learning, because…
There are so many ways in which you can use Dobble to learn Spanish (or any other language). In this post you’ll discover how to:
Ready to discover everything that Dobble has to offer?
How to play Dobble
The concept of Dobble is easy: it consists of a deck of cards with several images on each card. The beauty of the game is that there is always one, and only one, common image between any two random cards.
Rules to play:
Learn Spanish with Dobble: in group
If you have family or friends who are also learning Spanish you can play together.
In this case the rules are the same as for the original game, except that when you name the common image, you must say the word in Spanish.
If you want to make the game more challenging, you can make a full sentence instead of just saying the word.
Learn Spanish with Dobble: alone
What to do if you don’t know anyone who is learning Spanish? How can you be the fastest to find the common image… if there is no one else? Is there no way to use Dobble?
Yes, there is… you can still use Dobble!
If you’re playing alone you can introduce a different kind of challenge: playing against time. For example:
Write down your results, and the next time, try to be faster.
Adapting Dobble for language learning
Another advantage of Dobble is that there are several versions of the game. If you look at the Dobble website you will see that, in addition to the classic version, there are versions with numbers and shapes, animals, and more.
But what if you want to practice vocabulary that’s not on the cards?
Solution 1: you can create your own decks, for example, in this website. It’s not the most intuitive page though, and it’s in French, but it’s the only one I know.
Solution 2: search in internet if someone has created and shared Dobble cards with the topic you want.
For example, I have created food Dobble cards, and you can download them here. You only need to print them, cut them, and start playing.
By the way, which other topics would you like to have? I’m planning to create a set of Dobble games but I’d need to know which topics you’re most interested in. Please let me know in the comments or send me an e-mail.
Playing Dobble online
What to do if you want to play Dobble with someone who is far away? Is it even possible to play this cards game online?
Yes, it’s possible! I’m an online Spanish teacher and I use it with my students. One way is to show the cards in front of the camera, but it’s hard to see them if you’re holding the cards.
A better solution: use digital versions of Dobble and share the screen.
I’m not sure how many digital Dobbles are out there, but here you have my version of the food Dobble. Just click on both circles and the images will randomly change. Find the common image, name it or make a sentence, and click again for new images. You can actually use a digital Dobble in group or alone.
Learn Spanish with Dobble: speaking and writing
So now you know how to use Dobble to review vocabulary.
Is there anything else we can do with it?
Here are some other ideas:
Learn Spanish with Dobble: grammar
Yes, you’re reading that right… you can even practice grammar with Dobble! Depending on what you want to practice, you could:
So there you have it, different ideas to learn Spanish (or any other languages) with Dobble. And I’m sure there are even more games and challenges you can do with it.
Do you have any other ideas? You can share them in the comments, I’d love to hear about them.