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Advanced Spanish Listening Practice – Pedir and Preguntar Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Learning, Pronunciation, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we are going to look at the difference between the Spanish words Pedir and Preguntar. 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 – Pedir and Preguntar

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)



Silvia: Patrick, ¿vienes conmigo al centro?
Patrick: ¿Para qué?
Silvia: Mi madre me ha pedido que vaya a recoger unos libros que ha reservado en El Corte Inglés, así que me voy a dar una vuelta a ver si veo algo para mí. ¿Quieres venir?
Patrick: No sé si voy a poder.
Silvia: ¿Por qué no?
Patrick: Mi hermano me ha pedido que le ayude.
Silvia: ¿Que le ayudes a qué?
Patrick: Pues no lo sé, la verdad. No se lo he preguntado.
Silvia: Pues deberías preguntarle para qué necesita tu ayuda ¿no?
Patrick: Me da igual, la verdad. No creo que sea nada complicado. Me ha pedido que esté en su casa a las cinco.
Silvia: Pues igual te da tiempo a venir conmigo al centro y luego ir a su casa ¿no?
Patrick: Mmmm no creo. Pero voy a preguntarle si no le importa que llegue a las cinco y media. Me apetece ir al centro la verdad.
Silvia: Genial. ¿Nos vamos ahora? Así no pierdes tiempo.
Patrick: Sí, espera que le llame y le pregunte y nos vamos.
Silvia: Vale perfecto.


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.