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Advanced Spanish Listening Practice – Saber and Conocer Posted by on May 12, 2020 in Learning, Pronunciation, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

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

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)



Carlota: Sam ¿Sabes si Marta va a venir a las clases de francés?
Sam: No sé, no me dijo nada cuando le comenté que hoy empezaban.
Carlota: Ah vale. Como sabe hablar varios idiomas pensaba que le gustaría aprender francés.
Sam: Igual no necesita las clases. Sé que su hermano Tomás habla francés muy bien, así que igual ella también. ¿Conoces a Tomás?
Carlota: ¿A Tomás? Me suena que le he visto alguna vez, pero no le conozco personalmente.
Sam: Pues Tomás sabe diez idiomas.
Carlota: ¿Diez? ¡Qué máquina! Yo con saber inglés y francés me conformo.
Sam: Ya, es difícil aprender idiomas.
Carlota: Espero aprender algo con estas clases de francés. ¿Tú sabes algo?
Sam: No, nada. ¿Tú?
Carlota: Me sé una canción en francés de memoria. Me la enseñó mi madre cuando era pequeña. Solíamos ir a Francia de vacaciones. Conozco Francia bastante bien, pero no sé nada de francés.
Sam: Bueno, si te sabes una canción y conoces el país, no empiezas de cero.
Carlota: Supongo que no. Bueno, ¿vamos a la clase? Que vamos a llegar tarde.
Sam: Sí, 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

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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