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Advanced Spanish Listening Practice – Colloquial Spanish expressions with Estar Posted by on Mar 2, 2020 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we are going to practice using colloquial Spanish expressions with Estar. As usual, first we will review some relevant grammar and vocabulary and then see if you can follow a short listening.

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This lesson is part of a Spanish course that practices the grammar and vocabulary first introduced in my Advanced 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:

Advanced Spanish Lesson – Colloquial Spanish expressions with Estar

Now play the audio to listen a conversation. Can you understand what is being said? 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)



Alan: Hola Clara, ¿sabes algo de Pablo? Hace mucho que no le veo en el bar.

Clara: Supongo que ya no sale mucho. Le despidieron del trabajo hace un mes y todavía no ha encontrado otro. Me lo encontré la semana pasada y me dijo que está tieso.

Alan: ¿Sí? Yo pensaba que tenía mucho dinero. Siempre habla de sus vacaciones de lujo.

Clara: Sí, es que sus padres están forrados y desde pequeño ha tenido unas vacaciones de ensueño. Pero ahora es otra historia. La verdad es que cuando le vi parecía que estaba cascado.

Alan: Mmmm, seguro que lo está pasando mal.

Clara: Sí, estaba en el chasis, la verdad.

Alan: ¿Sí? Me sorprende. Pablo siempre ha estado muy cachas.

Clara: Ya, pero ahora no tiene dinero para pagar el gimnasio.

Alan: Ya claro. Pobrecito.

Clara: Sí, la verdad es que cuando le vi estaba hecho un Cristo. Creo que voy a llamarle para ver cómo está.

Alan: Sí, la verdad es que estoy un poco preocupado. Yo también voy a llamarle.

Clara: ¿Vamos ahora a su casa a visitarle? Creo que una visita le vendrá bien.

Alan: Vale venga vamos.


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!

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About the Author: Laura & Adam

Laura & Adam have been blogging and creating online Spanish courses for Transparent Language since 2010. Laura is from Bilbao in northern Spain and Adam is from Devon in the south of England. They lived together in Spain for over 10 years, where their 2 daughters were born, and now they live in Scotland. Both Laura & Adam qualified as foreign language teachers in 2004 and since have been teaching Spanish in Spain, the UK, and online.