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Advanced Spanish Listening Practice – False Friends (Part 1) Posted by on Mar 10, 2020 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we are going to practice using various False Friends. These are words in Spanish which have a very similar appearance or sound to an English word, but mean something completely different. 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 – False Friends (Part 1)

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)



Sofía: Hola Andy ¿Estás bien? Tienes mala cara.

Andy: Ya, es que estoy constipado. Ayer asistí a una clase de canoa y me he resfriado.

Sofía: ¿Clase de canoa? Guau, suena emocionante.

Andy: Sí, me gustó mucho pero hacía mucho frío. ¿Quieres venir conmigo a otra clase la próxima semana? Puedes pagar solo por una clase sin compromiso.

Sofía: Siento decepcionarte, pero no. Estoy embarazada, no creo que sea buena idea.

Andy: ¿Estás embarazada? ¡Felicidades! Y felicidades a tu marido también.

Sofía: Gracias Andy. La verdad es que estábamos desesperados por tener un bebé. He tardado mucho tiempo en quedarme embarazada, así que estamos entusiasmados.

Andy: Me alegro mucho. La verdad es que actualmente muchas parejas tienen problemas para tener hijos ¿no?

Sofía: Sí, es verdad. Nosotros hemos hecho varios tratamientos. Y el último ha sido un éxito. Además nos atendió un médico muy agradable. Tengo una ecografía del bebé. ¿Quieres verla?

Andy: Sí, claro.

Sofía: Mmm… No la encuentro. Creo que la he dejado en mi otra carpeta. Mañana te la enseño.

Andy: Sí, vale. Mañana la veo. Bueno Sofía, tengo que irme a trabajar a la fábrica. Perdona, no tengo más tiempo para hablar contigo de tu fantástica noticia.

Sofía: ¡Sí, claro vete! No te preocupes en absoluto. Espero que te recuperes pronto de tu constipado.

Andy: Muchas gracias Sofía.


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.


  1. Lise:

    Thank you for posting these listening exercises. It helps a lot to get my ear tuned to spoken Spanish.

    • Laura:

      @Lise ¡Gracias Lise! Thank you for your feedback. It’s great to hear that you are enjoying these exercises! Saludos, Laura