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Advanced Spanish Listening Practice – Uses of the Spanish word Poco Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Learning, Pronunciation, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we are going to look at the uses of the Spanish word Poco. 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 – Uses of the Spanish word Poco

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: Hola Will ¡Qué mala cara tienes! Pareces un poco cansado.
Will: Sí, es que he dormido poco.
Silvia: Estuviste trabajando hasta tarde ¿no? Tienes que trabajar menos y relajarte más.
Will: Ya, tienes razón. Pero es que tengo mucho trabajo.
Silvia: También estás más delgado. ¿Ya comes?
Will: Sí, bueno. La verdad es que tengo poca comida en casa y tengo poco tiempo para ir al supermercado.
Silvia: ¡Pero Will por favor! ¡Si sigues así te vas a quedar en el chasis! A ver, ya voy yo al supermercado y te compro comida esta tarde. ¿Qué necesitas?
Will: Muchas gracias Silvia. Pero no hace falta, de verdad.
Silvia: Que sí hombre que sí. Voy a ir de todas formas para comprar unas pocas verduras para mí, así que no me importa comprar algo para ti.
Will: Bueno vale, pero te doy el dinero ahora.
Silvia: Sí, vale. Dime qué necesitas.
Will: A ver, en casa tengo… un poco de leche, un poco de pan…
Silvia: ¿Verduras y frutas?
Will: Pocas, la verdad.
Silvia: ¿Pocas o ninguna?
Will: Emmm, ninguna.
Silvia: Así que tienes poca leche, poco pan y nada de verduras ni de frutas. Bueno, te compro un poco de todo.
Will: Oye Silvia, que no se te olviden las cervezas. Tengo pocas en casa. Cervezas tostadas por favor.
Silvia: ¡Vamos Will! ¡Vaya morro!


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.


  1. John Johnson:

    I understood:
    Casa – house, leche – milk, tengo – I have, para – you, and few others…
    Te amo este articulo. Yo aprendo mucho.

    • Laura:

      @John Johnson ¡Muy bien John! However, ‘para’ translates to ‘for’ rather than ‘you’. Muchas gracias, Laura