Spanish Reading Practice

Bilingual reader articles

Practice your Spanish reading skills with our ever growing collection of interactive reading content grouped by CEFR level and accommpanied by detailed explanation and further resources.  These articles are presented to you using our Bilingual Reader: while reading the text you can click any phrase to see the English translation and related Spanish grammar lessons, to further aid your reading practice most lessons can be bookmarked from the reader and save for practice later. Most of these features also include a video or audio file so that you can practice your listening comprension at the same time.

Reading practice exercises by level


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  • A1: Beginner Spanish reading exercises

  • Calendario de adviento
    This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Presente, the verb gustar plus the gender and number of nouns.
  • Cines de verano al aire libre
    Experience the magic of cinema outdoors! This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Presente and El Futuro Próximo.
  • Consultorio de libros
    There’s a website, Te receto un libro, where you can consult an expert who “prescribes” the book that suits you best. This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Presente and El Futuro Próximo.
  • E-learning
    This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Presente, plus and gender and number agreement.
  • Las noches del hipódromo
    A1 Spanish interactive reading article
  • Una vida nueva 1
    Part 1 of a series. Practise El Presente with Ángela who is about to start a new life in Madrid far away from her family and her rather useless boyfriend.
  • Una vida nueva 2
    Here's part 2 of our series about Ángela. She's moved to Madrid and seems to be finding her feet.
  • Una vida nueva 3
    Here’s part 3 of our series about Ángela. Last week we learned that her boyfriend is not replying to her calls. But maybe there’s someone else out there looking for someone just like her?
  • Una vida nueva 4
    Here’s part 4 of our series about Ángela. This exercise can help you practise El Presente plus the gender and number of nouns.
  • Una vida nueva 5
    Here's the last part of our 5-part series about Ángela.
  • Vida en los Andes
    This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Presente and possessive adjectives.
  • A2: Lower Intermediate Spanish reading exercises

  • Aguas de marzo
    Listen to the Spanish-language version of a song originally written by the Brazilian Tom Jobim.
  • Cómo escribir un correo electronico formal
    Read and listen to this text describing how to write a formal email.
  • El frotar se va a acabar
    An old school Spanish advert for washing powder full of great grammar.
  • En un festival de música
    A2 Spanish interactive reading article
  • Haciendo la compra a mis mayores
    This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Pretérito Perfecto.
  • Julieta, a film by Pedro Almodóvar
    Pedro Almodóvar is Spain's most successful film director of international renown. His quirky screenplays focus on pop culture, desire, passion, and strong female characters.
  • La Roja baila
    This reading and listening exercise is based on a song by the Spanish national football team.
  • La cuesta de enero
    The new year is here and with it annual price hikes. Learn about the uphill struggle known as "La cuesta de enero" with this A2 reading and listening exercise.
  • La historia del ceviche
    A2 Spanish interactive reading article
  • La noche de las velas de Pedraza
    Visit this picturesque Segovian village by candlelight and practise El Pretérito Indefinido and El Pretérito Imperfecto.
  • Las tunas en el día de la Inmaculada
    This reading and listening exercise is about the Spanish tradition of Las Tunas.
  • Los novios 5: final feliz
    After all they've been through, find out how it all turns our for Susana and Alfredo while you practise past tenses.
  • Martes y Trece - supersticiones
    This exercise is about superstitions in Spain.
  • Mi día en Ecuador
    Spend a day in Ecuador while practising regular and stem-changing verbs in El Presente, telling time, using para for purpose and the gender of nouns that don't end in -o or -a.
  • Mi hermana
    Practise muy vs mucho, plus using tener and ser to describe people.
  • No está lejos
    Have you ever visited the Spanish city of Zaragoza? Practise directions and prepositions like desde/de/hasta/a for "from/to".
  • No tengo miedo - Halloween song
    It's Halloween! How about practising your Spanish with this cute song?
  • Nuestra gran aventura de verano 1
    Meet Marian and Tania who are celebrating the end of exams by taking a break in the village of Tania's grandparents. Part 1 of a series.
  • Orgullosa de mis hijos
    Here's a short vignette narrated by a mother about her two sons.
  • Ser perro durante la pandemia
    A2 Spanish interactive reading article
  • Song "Mediterráneo" by Ana Belén and Joan Manuel Serrat
    This reading and listening exercise is based on the lyrics of the Spanish song Mediterráneo written by singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat.
  • Súbeme la radio - Enrique Iglesias
    This reading and listening exercise is based on the song Súbeme La Radio by Enrique Iglesias. It can help you practise El Imperative and El Presente.
  • ¡A comer!
    Learn how to make a Spanish potato omelette: una tortilla de patata.
  • ¿Te gusta la televisión?
    A2 Spanish interactive reading article
  • ¿Y a ti qué te ha dejado Santa?
    It's Christmas morning! Our gift to you is this reading and listening exercise that can help you practise El Pretérito Perfecto and El Imperfecto Progresivo.
  • B1: Intermediate Spanish reading exercises

  • 23-F: Coup d'Etat in Spain
    This exercise is based on events that occurred on 23 February 1981, when Lieutenant-Colonel Tejero led 200 civil guards in a coup d'État against the recently-formed Spanish democracy.
  • Algo inesperado
    Have an unexpected encounter on the beach while practising El Imperfecto and El Indefinido and introduces El Pluscuamperfecto.
  • Aulas virtuales
    This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Futuro Simple, El Condicional Simple and some expressions followed by El Subjuntivo.
  • Campana sobre campana
    The Christmas bells are ringing with this B1 reading and listening exercise that can help you practise the position of pronouns, diminutives and written accents.
  • Celebrando Acción de Gracias
    B1 Spanish interactive reading article
  • Confundida
    What advice would you give Sonia if you were her best friend Lidia? This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Pretérito Perfecto for events in the past with no mention of specific date and experiences in life.
  • Cotilleando
    This exercise can help you practise how to use gustar to say you find someone attractive.
  • Cómo hacer un presupuesto para tu pequeña empresa
    This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Futuro Simple and El Condicional Simple.
  • De crucero por España 3
    Daniel meets someone and then something unexpected happens. Are they connected? This exercise can help you practise past participles as adjectives and the position of pronouns with conjugated verbs. (Part 3 of 5)
  • Día Internacional de las Montañas
    Find out why mountains are so important with this reading and listening exercise that can help you practise El Presente, El Imperativo and the position of pronouns after gerunds.
  • El Día de Muertos
    The Mexican celebration of El Día de Muertos (the Day of the Dead) actually lasts more than one day as it is celebrated on el Día de Todos los Santos (All Saints' Day) and el Día de los Fieles Difuntos (All Souls' Day), 1 and 2 November respectively.
  • El Gordo de Navidad
    This is about the Spanish Christmas tradition of playing the lottery known as El Gordo.
  • El clásico
    This discussion of the traditional rivalry that exists between the Real Madrid and Barcelona football teams can help you practise comparatives and superlatives.
  • Granizado de sandía
    Learn how to make a very refreshing drink and practise the position of pronouns in commands.
  • Hasta el cuarenta de mayo no te quites el sayo
    Discover the meaning of this Spanish saying.
  • La Casa de Bernarda Alba
    Federico Garcí­a Lorca is probably Spain's most famous modern poet and playwright. La Casa de Bernarda Alba is one of his most well-known plays.
  • La Feria de Abril
    This exercise is about the Spanish festival La Feria de Abril.
  • La Pedrera
    Join us on a very special trip to Barcelona to visit the incredible works of architect Antoní Gaudí. This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Futuro Simple.
  • La pradera de San Isidro
    B1 Spanish interactive reading article
  • Las Doce Uvas
    Are you familiar with the Spanish New Year's tradition of eating twelve grapes at midnight?
  • Las Fallas de Valencia
    The Spanish festival Las Fallas de Valencia lasts for 5 days in March.
  • Las hogueras de San Juan
    It's officially summertime! In Spain (and many other countries) because the solstice and the feast day of Saint John the Baptist are so close, the eve of Saint John's is celebrated as the start of summer.
  • Los Novios 1: Susana y Alfredo
    This reading and listening exercise can help you practise the subjunctive.
  • Nuestra gran aventura de verano 2
    B1 Spanish interactive reading article
  • Nuestra gran aventura de verano 3
    B1 Spanish interactive reading article
  • Nuestra gran aventura de verano 4
    B1 Spanish interactive reading article
  • Nuestra gran aventura de verano 5
    B1 Spanish interactive reading article
  • Otoño, octubre
    This reading and listening exercise is based on a song by Spanish singer-songwriter Manuel Carrasco.
  • Queridos Reyes Magos
    This is about the Spanish tradition of the Three Kings - Los Reyes Magos.
  • Semana de la Moda Madrid
    The end of January sees the arrival of Madrid’s Fashion Week. This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Futuro Simple.
  • Sevillanas de Nochebuena
    Listen to this Sevillana-style song that incorporates the lyrics to a couple of more traditional Spanish Christmas carols.
  • Song "La vida es un carnaval" by Lucrecia
    This reading and listening exercise is based on the lyrics of the Spanish song La vida es un carnaval sung by Lucrecia.
  • Torrijas
    Make these traditional Easter treats and practise El Subjuntivo and El Imperativo.
  • ¿Harás caso a todo lo que se dice? Coca-Cola Light advert
    This advert for Coca-Cola Light can help you practise El Imperativo and El Futuro.
  • ¿Qué harías en Bilbao?
    Learn about the delights of the Basque city of Bilbao while practising El Condicional.
  • ¿Sabías cuál es el origen del turrón?
    Discover the traditional Spanish Christmas nougat called turrón.
  • B2: Upper Intermediate Spanish reading exercises

  • Aplausos a los sanitarios
    B2 Spanish interactive reading article
  • Arabismos
    B2 Spanish interactive reading article
  • Buenas amigas
    Two friends discuss what to do about the boyfriend of one of them. Or is it just one of them?
  • Canción "Como yo" de Tonina Saputo
    Listen to this poetic and rather melancholy song to practise cuando followed by the subjunctive and como vs cómo (with and without written accent).
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    On Friday 19th June 2020, the Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón, best known for the novel La Sombra del Viento, passed away. We pay homage with this bilingual reader.
  • Confesiones de una enamorada
    Practise subordinate clauses while listening to the confessions of a girl in love.
  • De crucero por España 1
    Meet Daniel, he's just found out that he's been hired as a lifeguard on a cruise ship! This exercise can help you practise El Futuro Perfecto and El Infinitivo Compuesto. (Part 1 of 5)
  • De crucero por España 2
    It's Daniel's first day at work on the cruise ship and he's a bit nervous. This exercise can help you practise the position of adjectives and El Presente de Subjuntivo. (Part 2 of 5)
  • De crucero por España 4
    The ship makes a stop in Valencia and the police call with some news! This exercise can help you practise past participles as adjectives, the position of pronouns with conjugated verbs and El Futuro Simple. (Part 4 of 5)
  • De crucero por España 5
    Here's the final part of our summer series! Sofia is in police custody. How will this end? This xercise can help you practise past participles as adjectives, the position of pronouns with conjugated verbs and El Subjuntivo. (Part 5 of 5)
  • Desde mi balcón
    instead of being a physical event, 2020's PhotoEspaña will be an online event. This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Subjuntivo.
  • Despacito
    Despacito by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee was one of the hot hits of 2017 and the first Youtube video to get more than 4 billion views! Both artists are from Puerto Rico.
  • Dia internacional del libro y la lengua española
    3 April book lovers is International Book Day and also United Nations Spanish Language Day
  • Disfraz de Calavera Mexicana para Halloween
    This reading and listening exercise shows you how to recreate the make-up for the Mexican Day of the Dead skull, also known as Catrina. It can help you practise relative clauses with the Indicative and the Subjunctive.
  • Día Internacional de la lengua materna
    Practise relative pronouns while learning about International Mother Tongue Day.
  • El Peine del Viento
    B2 Spanish interactive reading article
  • El cuento de mi abuelo para el día de Reyes
    This B1 online reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Pretérito Indefinido and El Pretérito Imperfecto.
  • Hamburguesas veganas de avena
    Learn how to make these vegan burgers and practise El Futuro Simple.
  • La Familia Addams
    There's a lot of spooky excitement in Madrid right now because of the new Addams Family musical! Practise your Spanish with this video filmed after the premiere.
  • La herencia árabe en España
    This exercise is about the influence of Arabic culture on Spain and the Spanish language.
  • La vuelta al cole
    This exercise can help you practise clauses using El inidicativo and El subjuntivo.
  • Los Novios 2: Alfredo desconfía
    More from the "will they-won't they" couple Susana and Alfredo. Let's just say things are getting complicated.
  • Los Novios 3: malentendidos
    Part 3 of the "will they-won't they" couple Susana and Alfredo. There seems to have been some kind of terrible misunderstanding.
  • Los caballos de Sanlúcar de Barrameda
    B2 Spanish interactive reading article
  • Mediterráneo - Los Rebeldes
    This song, Mediterráneo, appeared on the best-selling album of Spanish rockabilly band Los Rebeldes and was the 1988 hit song of the summer.
  • Mi rutina durante el Ramadán
    Have a look at what a typical day during Ramadan is like. This reading and listening exercise can help you practise using cualquier/a to express any, Para que followed by El Presente de Subjuntivo and the position of pronouns with conjugated verbs.
  • Quesos españoles
    Did you know that there are more than 100 varieties of cheese in Spain?
  • Refranes de Octubre
    Discover a few Spanish proverbs and sayings about autumn in this bilingual reader.
  • Resistiré
    During the 2020 pandemic lockdown people started playing this song by the Dúo Dinámico from their balconies so much that it has become an literal song of resistance
  • Rosalía cantante revelación
    Learn about the young Spanish singer called Rosalía Vila Tobella whose modern take on flamenco music led her to fame.
  • Semana Santa
    Like many Catholic countries, Easter is a very special celebration in Spain; it's not just a holiday weekend, it's called Semana Santa - Holy Week. This reader has a particular focus on the use of the passive voice.
  • Un crimen perfecto 1
    Meet Ramón who thinks he's just going to have breakfast and ends up witnessing a horrible crime!
  • Un crimen perfecto 2
    The police investigate and think there's more to this than meets the eye.
  • Un crimen perfecto 3
    The police have new suspects!
  • Un crimen perfecto 4
    Get closer to finding out who the killer is while practising El Condicional Simple.
  • Un crimen perfecto 5
    Here's the final installment where we finally find out who really killed Pablo and why.
  • Un hotel que sea céntrico
    Set in Salamanca, this exercise can help you practise El Subjuntivo.
  • Una sesión de belleza
    This reading and listening exercise can help you practise how to say “to have something done” in a beauty and treatment context.
  • Una sorpresa inesperada
    This reading and listening exercise can help you practise false friends.
  • ¿Qué? ¿ruidosas nosotras?
    The landlady is not happy with her noisy tenants.
  • C1: Advanced Spanish reading exercises

  • Cartagena
    Discover the beautiful city of Cartagena, in the province of Murcia, Spain. This reading and listening exercise can help you review relative pronouns.
  • Día de Pachamama
    Discover the indiginous Latin American celebration of Pachamama and practise using El Futuro Simple when narrating past actions.
  • El español en Filipinas
    This reading and listening exercise can help you practise the passive voice, El Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto de Subjuntivo and using cuyo, cuya, cuyos, cuyas.
  • El veraneo
    Have you ever wondered how the concept of summer holidays came about? This exercise can help you practise idiomatic expressions.
  • Ensalada de verano
    Enjoy a refreshing and unusual salad while practising using cuyo, cuya, cuyos, cuyas and relative clauses.
  • Felipe II
    Practise El Presente Historico.
  • Flotadores muy originales
    Practise using El Pluscuamperfecto Subjuntivo in hypothetical clauses, idioms with ser, and relatives.
  • Janucá
    Hanukkah Sameach! This reading and listening exercise discusses the story behind the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah.
  • La Erizada
    Sea urchins are an important part of the carnival celebrations of Cádiz and they play the starring role in the gastronomic feast known as La Erizada.
  • La Pepa
    On 6 December Spain celebrates El Día de la Constitución. This reading and listening exercise discusses the Spanish constitution and explains why it is fondly referred to as La Pepa. You will also practise passive progressive tenses.
  • Las rebajas de enero
    The January sales have started! This C1 reading and listening exercise can help you practise the passive voice in both simple and compound tenses.
  • Los antiguos viajes a la playa - Eva Hache
    This reading and listening exercise is suitable for level C1 Spanish students because of the pace of speech and the number of idiomatic expressions.
  • Los otros héroes
    A look at the ordinary people making sure that there is food on the shelves, cleaning the streets and collenting the trash during the pandemic lockdown.
  • Los zumos - Eva Hache
    This reading and listening exercise can help you practise idiomatic expressions with "ni" and "ya". It is suitable for level C1 Spanish students because of the pace of speech and the number of idiomatic expressions.
  • Ropa de invierno
    C1 Spanish interactive reading article
  • SEMINCI: Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid
    This week-long film festival held in Valladolid every year is considered by many as the most important festival for independent cinema.
  • Trabajos de voluntariado
    Practise relative pronouns while learning about volunteer work.
  • Un viaje a la España despoblada
    This C1 reading and listening exercise can help you practise the repetition of words to give emphasis and difference between "por mí" and "para mí."
Clever stuff underway!