How to import vocabulary from Quizlet or a document

If you previously created a Spanish↔English vocabulary set on or in a document (Word, Excel, etc.) you can import that set to SpanishDict to use it in our vocabulary quizzes. There are two ways you can start an import.

First, you can open SpanishDict and click "Vocabulary" in the menu to navigate to the main Vocabulary page. From there, you can click "Import words" on the right side of the page, above your "My Lists" section.

You will then be asked to either select an existing list to which you want to add the words or create a new list.

The second way to start an import is to navigate to the Vocabulary section and click on the list to which you want to add your words. Once you're viewing the list page, click "Import words" on the right side of the page.

Once you've started the import process by clicking "Import words" in one of those two locations, you will be asked to choose from where you want to import words, either Quizlet or a document (Word, Excel, etc.).

Importing from Quizlet

If you select "Quizlet" as your method of import, you'll then be asked to paste in a link from Quizlet for the set you want to import.

To find this link, open a new tab in your browser, go to, open the set that you want to use, and copy the link from your browser.

In order to import, your set needs to be set to "everyone can view". If you need help with that, jump to the bottom of this article.

Return to SpanishDict, paste in the link to your Quizlet set, and click "Preview". You will then be able to see a list of your words with their translations, exactly as you entered them in Quizlet.

SpanishDict will mark words/phrases that don't match an entry in our dictionary database as "No match" or "Partial match", such as plural nouns or misspelled words. You can then go through and click on the words to find a better match in our database, along with the translation you want to practice.

Once you're satisfied with your list, click the "Import X words" button at the top of the page to finish the import. 

The words from Quizlet will then be part of your list!

Copy & paste from Word, Excel, etc.

If you have saved lists of vocabulary words and translations in a document or spreadsheet, you can import those words to SpanishDict. After starting the import process, click "Copy & paste from Word, Excel, etc." Then open your document, copy all of the text you want to use, and paste it into the box on SpanishDict.

You won't be able to have any punctuation between words and translations, such as hyphens or colons (-, :). Each word needs to be on its own line, and the words need to be separated from their translations by either a tab or four spaces. You can either set the text up in that style in your original document, or you can edit the text after pasting it into SpanishDict by using the space bar to space out the words. (The tab key will not work once the text is pasted into the box on SpanishDict.)

You may need to edit your text a bit before clicking "Preview". If your text does not meet the requirements, you will receive a page full of errors after you click "Preview".

Once your text meets the requirements, click "Preview", and you will see your full list, with the text you imported on the left and SpanishDict's matches on the right.

If you don't like one of the words or translations chosen by SpanishDict or decide to edit your original text, you can click on the arrows or blue words next to the SpanishDict suggestions to make a change. 

When you're happy with your list, click the "Import" button. Your words will now be part of a list on SpanishDict!

Making a Quizlet list public

If you receive an error from SpanishDict during a Quizlet import that says you need to make your list public, go back to Quizlet, open the list, and click the Edit button.

On the next page, there will be a label on the right side of the page that says "Visible only to me" or "Visible with a password". (Teachers may see "Visible to certain classes".)

Click the "Change" link below that label. Then click in the menu for "Visible to" and select "Everyone". Click "Save".

You can then try the import process again.

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