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Advanced Spanish Listening Practice – When to use the Spanish word Lo Posted by on Mar 23, 2020 in Learning, Pronunciation, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we are going to look at and practice when to use the Spanish word Lo. 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 – When to use the Spanish word Lo

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)



María: Hola Steve ¿Sabías que Pablo se va a vivir a Alemania?

Steve: No, no lo sabía.

María: Pues sí, por lo visto no encuentra trabajo en Madrid y se va la semana que viene a Berlín a buscarse la vida.

Steve: ¿Pero así a lo loco? ¿Sin trabajo ni alojamiento?

María: Sin trabajo ni alojamiento, como lo oyes. A lo mejor tiene amigos que viven allí y puede vivir con ellos una temporada. No lo sé, la verdad.

Steve: Se le veía bastante triste últimamente.

María: Sí, es verdad. Lo que necesita es un cambio de aires. Buscar trabajo día tras día y no encontrar nada es duro.

Steve: Sí, lo es. Tienes razón. Yo tengo suerte con mi trabajo de profesor de inglés. Tengo muchísimos estudiantes ahora.

María: Sí, es que lo que los españoles necesitamos es hablar inglés bien. ¡Te necesitamos Steve!

Steve: Bueno, yo tengo que mejorar mi español también.

María: ¡Qué dices! Lo hablas muy bien.

Steve: Bueno, a veces no comprendo todo lo que la gente dice.

María: Eso es porque los españoles hablamos muy rápido.

Steve: Sí, puede que sea por eso.


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. Garry Montgomery:

    It seems that “lo” just gets dropped in randomly. I didn’t see any actual instruction on when to use the Spanish word Lo or what should be going through my head to insert it (lo?) insertarlo? Does it replace “it”, “that” after the actual thing has been mentioned?