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Beginner Spanish Listening Practice – At the doctor’s Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we will practice some Spanish vocabulary related to illnesses, symptoms and medicine and how to manage in Spanish at the doctor’s. As usual, first we will review some relevant grammar and vocabulary and then see if you can follow a short listening.

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 26 At the doctor

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

Cucharada: tablespoon
Análisis de sangre: Blood test
Mañana: tomorrow
La mañana: the morning

Now play the audio to listen to a conversation between a doctor and the patient. 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)



Patient: Hola doctora
Doctor: Hola ¿Qué le pasa?
Patient: Me siento mal. Tengo naúseas, estoy mareado y tengo tos.
Doctor: ¿Tiene fiebre?
Patient: Sí, tengo treinta y nueve de fiebre.
Doctor: Vamos a ver… No es grave. Tiene que tomar este jarabe para la tos. Una cucharada tres veces al día después de desayunar, después de comer y después de cenar.
Patient: Vale doctora, gracias.
Doctor: También vamos a hacer un análisis de sangre.
Patient: ¿Análisis de sangre? ¡Oh no por favor! No me gusta ver sangre.
Doctor: Lo siento. Es necesario. Mañana a las ocho de la mañana.
Patient: No, no por favor doctora. ¿No hay otra opción?
Doctor: No, lo siento.
Patient: ¡Oh no!


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. Susan Sharp:

    Thank you so much. I am a nurse and want to go to Puerto Rico to help out but I need more Spanish to help others.