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Advanced Spanish Listening Practice – Typical Spanish expressions Posted by on Jun 2, 2020 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we are going to practice using some typical Spanish expressions. 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 – Typical Spanish expressions

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)



Elena: Hola Matt ¿Dónde está Sergio?
Matt: Se ha ido a casa. Se encontraba indispuesto.
Elena: Qué raro, justo cuando tenemos que terminar el proyecto que estamos haciendo juntos. Ahora tengo que terminarlo sola.
Matt: ¿Os falta mucho para terminarlo?
Elena: Pues sí, es bastante complicado y lo estamos haciendo a trancas y a barrancas. Y ahora que Sergio se ha escaqueado, no sé si lo voy a terminar a tiempo. ¡No me lo puedo creer! ¡Habíamos quedado en terminarlo hoy y me ha dado plantón!
Matt: Elena, no pierdas los estribos.
Elena: Sí, tienes razón. En el fondo, Sergio es un lastre. No tiene ni idea. Y siempre pone trabas en todos los proyectos. Mejor lo termino sola.
Matt: Bueno, estás exagerando un poco ¿no?
Elena: No, ¡qué va! Sergio siempre escurre el bulto cuando tiene algo complicado que hacer y cada dos por tres se escaquea. Y yo estoy todo el tiempo devanándome los sesos para terminar los proyectos.
Matt: Quizá Sergio esté abrumado con tanto trabajo. Recuerda que empezó a trabajar en la empresa hace solo dos meses.
Elena: Me da igual. Estoy harta de él. Siempre tengo que terminar los proyectos sola mientras Sergio pone sus excusas para no trabajar. Dice que está enfermo pero seguro que se ha ido de compras a derrochar dinero.
Matt: Elena, me quedo atónito. Sergio parece un buen chico.
Elena: Sí, claro. Es un buen chico, pero un vago también. Y yo tengo que terminar este proyecto que es un auténtico galimatías.
Matt: Bueno, espero que lo termines a tiempo.
Elena: Ojalá


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.


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