Beginner Spanish Listening Practice – El Pretérito Imperfecto (Part 2) Posted by on Sep 21, 2018 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we will continue practicing using the Spanish Past Simple grammar tense: El Pretérito Imperfecto. As usual, first we will review some relevant grammar and vocabulary and then see if you can follow a short listening. This lesson continues on from the previous lesson in this course which also looked at El Pretérito Imperfecto.

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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 40 El Pretérito Imperfecto

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

Travieso/a: naughty
Tarea: task
Ir de camping: To go camping
Verano: summer
Templado/a: warm
Aire acondicionado: Air conditioning
Pasarlo bien. To have a good time.

Now play the audio to listen a conversation between two 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)



Harry: Ana. ¿recuerdas qué hacías cuando eras pequeña?
Ana: Sí, recuerdo bastantes cosas. Cuando tenía seis años mi mejor amiga en la escuela se llamaba Clara. Era una niña un poco traviesa y siempre tenía problemas con la profesora.
Harry: ¿Y tú? ¿Eras traviesa?
Ana: No, yo era una niña muy buena en clase. Siempre escuchaba a la profesora y hacía todas las tareas. Cuando estaba en casa, jugaba muy bien con mi hermano Miguel.¿Y tú? ¿Recuerdas algo de cuando eras pequeño?
Harry: Sí, recuerdo que me gustaba mucho ir de camping. Íbamos de camping todos los veranos al sur de Inglaterra, cerca de la playa. Me gustaba mucho ir a la playa y nadar en el mar. Recuerdo que el agua estaba muy fría.
Ana: Yo en verano iba a la costa del mediterráneo. Me gustaba mucho nadar también, pero el agua no estaba fría, estaba caliente.
Harry: ¿Caliente?
Ana: Bueno, no muy caliente. Estaba templada.
Harry: ¡Ah sí! ¡Qué bueno!
Ana: Sí, pero recuerdo que cuando estábamos en la casa de vacaciones hacía mucho calor. No teníamos aire acondicionado.
Harry: ¿No? ¡Qué horror!
Ana: Sí, hacía mucho calor. Pero lo pasábamos muy bien.
Harry: Sí, claro.


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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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.