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Estás muteado! (You’re on mute!)

First suggested by Pau Jiménez, Karen Marshall and Lidia Chanter
Video meetings have become a big part of our lives, but do you know how to say some common video call phrases in Spanish?
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Device with access to the internet


Before you begin

  • This is a great activity for an online session. Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online.
  • Take some time to read through the phrases so that you have a basic understanding of what the group are going to use. If you’re unsure of the pronunciation, Google Translate has a read aloud feature or you can use our video.

Run the activity

  1. The person leading the activity should welcome everyone to the meeting and mute them. They should make sure that everyone can see the phrases below.
  1. Everyone should split into small teams of five to six people. Each team should go into their own breakout room.
  1. Each team should look at the phrases and have a go at pronouncing each one – you could use Google Translate to help you if there are any you’re finding tricky.
  2. Each team should try to learn some of the phrases so they can say them without looking at the table. They should choose two of the phrases they want to act out for the rest of the group when they return to the main room, then they should practise their actions.
  1. Everyone should return to the main room.
  2. The teams should take it in turns to act out their phrases while the rest of the group tries to guess. If someone thinks they know the answer they should raise their hand. The person leading the activity should choose someone with their hand up and unmute them so they can answer.
  1. Once every team has had a go at acting out their phrases for the group, the person leading the activity should help everyone put everything they’ve learned together.


Learning a new language can be tough, but together everyone’s learned some basic phrases that they could use when talking to someone who speaks Spanish online. Was everyone able to learn at least one of the phrases by heart? How do people think they’d do in a conversation with a native Spanish speaker? What more would you need to know? Being friendly and polite when speaking is really important and can help a conversation get a long way – even if people don’t have much vocabulary in common. What could people do if they got lost in a conversation? People could think about how it’s OK to not know the right response – they can always say they don’t understand.

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages worldwide; can anyone name a country where Spanish is widely spoken? What do people think Scouts is like in Spanish speaking countries? Could they connect with a group to find out?


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