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In this Spanish lesson we will practice more about using el verbo estar (the verb to be) to describe personality and feelings in Spanish. As usual, first we will review some relevant grammar and vocabulary and then see if you can follow a short listening. This lesson continues on from the previous lesson in this course which also looked at using el verbo estar to describe personality and feelings.
This lesson is part of a Spanish course that practices the grammar and vocabulary first introduced in my beginner Spanish course posted here on the Transparent Language blog. Let’s test your listening comprehension and see if you can understand a short audio in Spanish. The transcript to the audio will be given at the end of the post but please try not to look at it until you have tried playing and understanding the audio a few times.
Use the following link to watch the corresponding video lesson of the original course:
Please familiarise yourself with the following words and phrases before listening to the audio below:
Estoy de vacaciones: I am on holiday.
¡Qué bien!: How good! / Great!
¿Por qué?: Why
Conmigo: With me
Lo siento mucho: I am so sorry
Now, play the audio below to listen to a conversation in Spanish between two people describing their personality and feelings. Can you understand what they are saying? Play the audio a few times before you look at the transcript. Don’t worry if you don’t understand every single thing the two people are saying. Try to catch whichever words you can and then try to piece things together to work out what is being said.
(Play the audio a few times before you scroll down and look at the transcript)
Elena: Hola Ross ¿Estás bien?
Ross: Sí, estoy muy contento. Estoy de vacaciones.
Elena: ¡Qué bien!
Ross: ¿Y tú? ¿Cómo estás?
Elena: Estoy un poco triste.
Ross: ¿Por qué?
Elena: Porque mi hermana Sara y yo estamos enfadadas.
Ross: Oh… Pero tu hermana es una persona muy amable.
Elena: Sí, pero ahora está enfadada conmigo.
Ross: Lo siento mucho.
Elena: Sara es muy ordenada y yo soy un poco vaga.
Ross: Ah… vale.
So, how did you get on? How much did you understand of the listening? Please let me know in the comments section below…
Don’t worry if you didn’t understand that much, keep reviewing the vocabulary and phrases and you will soon be up to speed and ready for the next lesson in this course. See you next time!