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Beginner Spanish Listening Practice – Adjectives with Ser and Estar Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we will practice using some Spanish adjectives which mean completely different things depending on whether they are used with the Spanish verbs Ser or Estar. 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 beginner 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:

Beginner Spanish Lesson 37 Adjectives with Ser and Estar

Please familiarise yourself with the following words and phrases before listening to the audio below:

Cocinar: to cook
Déjame: Let me

Now play the audio to listen a conversation between two friends making some food. Can you understand what they are saying? 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)



Olivia: Mmmm ¡Qué bien huele! ¿Qué estás cocinando?
Ben: Una tortilla de patata y una salsa de tomate.
Olivia: Mmm Seguro que está muy rico. ¡Espera!
Ben: ¿Qué pasa?
Olivia: Estos tomates están verdes. Para la salsa necesitas tomates maduros.
Ben: Baahh, eso no importa. Estos tomates están buenos.
Olivia: Están buenos en una ensalada. Pero no para una salsa. Mira, estos tomates son buenos para hacer una salsa.
Ben: Gracias Olivia. Eres muy lista.
Olivia: Jajaja… Ya lo sé. Déjame probar la tortilla..
Ben: Prueba
Olivia: Puaghh ¡Está malísima!
Ben: Tú eres malísima Ana. Y muy maleducada. Vete de mi casa, por favor.


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.