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Advanced Spanish Listening Practice – False Friends (Part 2) Posted by on Mar 14, 2020 in Learning, Pronunciation, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we are going to practice more 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.

False Friends English Spanish

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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 2)

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)



Ben: Hola Cristina ¿Dónde has estado? Estás muy morena.

Cristina: Sí, es que he estado de vacaciones en Málaga.

Ben: ¿Ah sí? ¿y qué tal te lo has pasado?

Cristina: Genial. La verdad es que solo hice cosas fútiles, tomar el sol en la playa, ir de compras…

Ben: ¿Hacía mucho calor?

Cristina: Sí, muchísimo. El primer día hacía más de cuarenta grados y casi me dio una insolación. Me mareé un poco y tuve que ir al bar para tomar un refresco.

Ben: Es que hay que tener cuidado con el sol Cristina. ¿Y compraste algo interesante?

Cristina: Pues encontré un montón de gangas. Ropa super barata y zapatos. Me compré muchísimos zapatos, once pares.

Ben: ¿Once pares? ¡Qué pasada! ¿Y cómo fuiste? ¿En avión?

Cristina: No, fui en coche. El viaje fue largo pero paramos varias veces para tomar algo. Lo peor fue que en el coche íbamos cinco personas y me molestaba un poco tener tan poco espacio. Fuimos en un Ford Fiesta así que imagínate, estábamos un poco justos de espacio. ¿Y tú que has hecho este verano?

Ben: Pues no mucho. Déjame pensar, a ver si recuerdo… Ver el fútbol y poco más. No he ido nada a la playa. Me quemo muy rápido.

Cristina: Sí, parece que tienes la piel muy sensible.

Ben: Sí, y también he practicado con la tuna de la universidad.

Cristina: ¿Sí? No sabía que estabas en la tuna.

Ben: Sí, toco la guitarra y canto. Me encanta. Este verano hemos practicado mucho.

Cristina: ¡Qué guay! Tengo que veros actuar.

Ben: Sí, cuando quieras.


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.

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