Advanced Spanish Listening Practice – Verbs with double meanings depending on indicative or subjunctive Posted by on Oct 20, 2019 in Learning, Spanish Culture, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we are going to practice using some verbs which have a different meaning when used with indicative or subjunctive. 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 – Verbs with double meanings depending on indicative or subjunctive

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)



Sonia: Hola Ben ¿Qué te parece que vayamos a visitar a Raquel esta tarde?

Ben: ¿A Raquel? ¿Por qué? ¿Le pasa algo?

Sonia: ¿No lo sabes? Tuvo un accidente de coche y está en el hospital.

Ben: ¿Qué dices? No tenía ni idea. ¿Cómo está?

Sonia: Creo que bien. Tiene las dos piernas rotas pero está bien. Ayer hablé con ella por teléfono y me dijo que cree que saldrá del hospital pronto. También me dijo que fuera a visitarla cuando tuviera tiempo, que está muy aburrida.

Ben: Ah claro. Normal.

Sonia: Y he pensado que vengas conmigo. A Raquel le gustaría verte.

Ben: Me gustaría mucho ir contigo pero me temo que no voy a poder. Tengo que trabajar esta tarde. ¿Por qué no esperas a mañana? Tengo el día libre.

Sonia: No sé. Temo que Raquel se deprima si no va nadie a visitarla hoy. No tiene muchos amigos y me parece que se siente muy sola.

Ben: Sí claro. Comprendo que quieras ir esta tarde. Quizá la visite yo mañana por la mañana.

Sonia: Eso es buena idea. Raquel se va a poner super contenta.


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.


  1. Thiên Khanh Nguyễn Hoàng:

    I’m from Vietnam and just been learning Spanish for a matter of days. Though I don’t know much about Spanish but the context of this listening activity is obviously clear, which somehow makes me understand most of it. Thanks a lot to your devotion!

    • Laura:

      @Thiên Khanh Nguyễn Hoàng Many thanks for your comments Thiên! It’s great that you were able to follow the listening from the context. That is what we are aiming for. And it shows you have a definite talent for languages if you have only been learning Spanish for such a short time. Keep in touch and keep up your studies. All my best, Laura