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Advanced Spanish Listening Practice – Spanish words beginning with ‘a’ tónica Posted by on Feb 2, 2020 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we are going to practice using Spanish words beginning with ‘a’ tónica that appear to be masculine but are in fact feminine (e.g. el agua, el hacha, el águila, el aula, el alma, el arma, el área, el hambre). 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 words beginning with ‘a’ tónica

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)



Patricia: Dean, tengo mucha sed. ¿Me pasas el agua?

Dean: ¿Qué agua?

Patricia: La botella que te di para que la metieras en tu mochila. ¿No la tienes?

Dean: Mmm, creo que me la he dejado en el aula.

Patricia: ¿En el aula pequeña? ¿La de clase de música?

Dean: Sí, sí. La dejé encima de la mesa y me fui. Tenía tanta hambre, que fui directo a la cafetería.

Patricia: Jo, pues a mí el hambre me está matando también. Voy a buscar el agua y vamos a comer.

Dean: Es que yo ya he comido. Acabo de volver de la cafetería.

Patricia: Bueno, pues yo voy ahora. ¿Has visto a María allí?

Dean: Sí, está comiendo ahora. Bueno, y llorando.

Patricia: ¿Llorando? ¿Por qué?

Dean: Le ha dejado su novio.

Patricia: ¡Oh no! ¡Pobrecita! Tendrá el alma destrozada. Voy a verla. ¿En qué parte de la cafetería está? ¿En el área de buffet?

Dean: Sí, sí.

Patricia: Vale, gracias Dean. Te veo luego.

Dean: Hasta luego.


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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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. John Hyatt:

    I could not get sound track to work

    • Laura:

      @John Hyatt Hola John, very sorry for any inconvenience, I have checked the page and the audio player appears to be working fine, please could you try again, muchas gracias, Laura