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Advanced Spanish Listening Practice – Spanish expressions referencing animals Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we are going to practice commonly used Spanish expressions referencing animals. 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 – Spanish expressions referencing animals

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)



Mónica: Hola Simon.

Simon: ¿Qué te pasa Mónica? ¿Estás bien?

Mónica: ¡Puf! ¡Agotada! Esta mañana he tenido comida familiar con los padres de Miguel. ¡Qué tortura!

Simon: ¿Y eso?

Mónica: Su madre es una víbora, no ha parado de hablar mal de sus vecinas. ¡Tiene una lengua viperina! Y su padre es un cerdo, ha estado eruptando toda la comida. ¡Qué asco!

Simon: ¿Y Miguel no ha dicho nada?

Mónica: No, Miguel es un gallina. Le da miedo que sus padres se enfaden con él.

Simon: Ya.

Mónica: Luego ha venido su hermano. No ha dicho ni hola y se ha encerrado en su habitación.

Simon: ¿En su habitación?

Mónica: Sí, parece ser que tiene exámenes y está todo el día estudiando. Es un ratón de biblioteca. Me lo ha dicho su madre. Es una cotorra, me lo cuenta todo. Luego ha aparecido la hermana de Miguel, Ana.

Simon: ¿Ana? La conozco. Es muy simpática.

Mónica: Sí, es simpática pero dice cosas muy raras. Está como una cabra. Necesito un café. ¿Vamos?

Simon: Venga, 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 & 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.