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Advanced Spanish Listening Practice – Comparison of different Spanish past tenses Posted by on Oct 12, 2019 in Basic, Learning, Pronunciation, Spanish Culture, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we are going to compare the different Spanish past tenses. 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 – Comparison of different Spanish past tenses

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)



Dave: Cristina, ¿has estado alguna vez en Holanda?
Cristina: Sí, fui a Amsterdam hace dos años, cuando mi hermano estaba trabajando allí.
Dave: ¿Ya no está en Amsterdam?
Cristina: No. Decidió volverse a Madrid. Había vivido fuera muchos años y ya estaba harto. Echaba mucho de menos a la familia.
Dave: Ya claro. ¿Y qué te pareció Amsterdam?
Cristina: Me gustó. Estuve allí bastante tiempo. Tres semanas creo. Había estado en Alemania antes y pensaba que iba a ser parecido, pero los holandeses y los alemanes son muy diferentes.
Dave:¿Tú crees?
Cristina: Sí, sí. Oye, ¿y por qué me preguntas tanto sobre Holanda? ¿Vas a ir allí de vacaciones?
Dave: No, de vacaciones no. Me han ofrecido un trabajo en Rotterdam y estoy pensando en mudarme allí. Nunca he estado en Holanda y quería saber tu opinión.
Cristina: Sería un cambio de vida importante. Llevas muchos años viviendo en Madrid.
Dave: Sí, aunque soy inglés me gusta la vida en Madrid. No sé si me acostumbraré a otra cultura.
Cristina: ¿Por qué no vas un fin de semana a Rotterdam para hacerte una idea?
Dave: Sí, buena idea. No lo había pensado.
Cristina: Venga, te ayudo a buscar un vuelo.
Dave: Gracias Cristina.


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

I am from Bilbao in northern Spain. I qualified as a Spanish Language Teacher in 2004. I have taught Spanish in England and Spain and now really enjoy teaching the Spanish Language via my website The Spanish Blog to students from all around the world. I love my job and the intricacies of the Spanish Language. My main personal interests are music, reading and cooking. I studied music for twelve years in Bilbao and I play the piano. I also enjoy singing and I try my best to sing more in English now. I hope very much that you enjoy my posts and welcome any comments.