Learn Spanish with Palindromes

We recently posted on our Facebook page about Palindromes. We think is such an interesting topic that we would like to talk a little bit more about it.

Memorizing palindromes in the language you are studying is a great way to increase your vocabulary and your understanding of the grammar. And for those who like to play word games, palindromes can be fun to play with in either Spanish or English.

A Palindrome is a word, phrase or sequence which reads the same in both directions. Words or sentences that use the same letters both backward and forward; spaces and capitalization don’t count, and neither do accent marks.

One of the most famous palindrome phrases in English is “Madam, I’m Adam.”

In Spanish, the word is “palíndromo” and probably one of the most popular phrases is “Dábale arroz a la zorra el Abad”. A rough English translation could be “The abbot gave rice to the vixen”

How to pronounce “Palíndromo”?

“Dábale arroz a la zorra el Abad” pronunciation

Here is a list of palindrome words and phrases in Spanish

  • Amada dama
  • Amor a Roma
  • Ana lava lana
  • ¿Somos o no somos?
  • Yo soy

Can you think of any other palindrome in Spanish?

There are many types of palindromes from many fields including math, language arts, history, music, poetry and biology.

A palindromic number or numeral palindrome is a number that remains the same when its digits are reversed, like 1646. In Spanish it’s called “Capicúa”
Finally, to put you in the mood for palindromes in Spanish, here is “Anina”, an animation movie from Uruguay who introduces us to the world of “capicúas”. Enjoy!