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Beginner Spanish Listening Practice – Comparisons (Part 1) Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we will practice comparing in Spanish using more transport vocabulary. 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 19 Comparisons

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

Barato: inexpensive
Limpio: clean

Now, play the audio to listen to a conversation between friends. 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)



Sonia: Hola Jack ¿Adónde vas?
Jack: Voy a la plaza del Sol.
Sonia: ¿Vas en metro?
Jack: No, voy en autobús.
Sonia: Pues el metro es más rápido que el autobús.
Jack: Ya, pero el autobús es más barato que el metro.
Sonia: ¡Ah, vale! Pero el metro es mejor que el autobús. Está más limpio. Y el metro es menos peligroso que el autobús.
Jack: Mmmm.. Vale. Voy en metro. ¿Y tú adónde vas?
Sonia: Voy a mi casa.
Jack: ¿Vas en coche?
Sonia: No, voy andando.
Jack: ¿Quieres ir en metro conmigo? Es más rápido que ir andando.
Sonia: Sí, vale. Voy contigo.


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. EM:

    Really nice listening that is suitable for beginners, using the target language, at a pace that is easy to follow and using suitable vocabulary – thank you so much!! (So many other “beginner” listening activities online are not for beginners at all and I had nearly given up hope of finding any)

    • Laura:

      @EM That is great to know! Thank you for your comment. Really good to hear that these listenings are at the correct level. Muchas gracias!!! Laura