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Beginner Spanish Listening Practice – El Preterito Indefinido Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we will practice using the Spanish Past Simple grammar tense: El Preterito Indefinido. 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 39 El Preterito Indefinido

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

En medio de: In the middle of
Cobertura: reception
Pasarlo bien: to have a good time
Dar un paseo: to go for a walk
Los alrededores: the surroundings
Una llamada: a call

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)



María: ¡Hola Dave! Ayer te llamé por teléfono pero no contestaste.
Dave: Ah sí. Ayer fui al pueblo de mi amigo Carlos. Está en medio del monte y no hay cobertura.
María:Ah vale. ¿Y qué hiciste allí?¿No fue aburrido?
Dave: No, lo pasé muy bien. Estuve en casa de Carlos. Comimos tortilla. Luego fuimos a dar un paseo por los alrededores.
María:¿Fuisteis de paseo? ¡Pero ayer llovió muchísimo!
Dave: Ya, bueno. Llevé un impermeable y botas de agua.
María: ¡Uf madre mía!
Dave: ¿Y tú qué hiciste ayer?
María: Pues nada. Estuve en casa viendo la tele. Esperando tu llamada, la verdad.
Dave: Bueno, lo siento. En el monte no hay cobertura.
María: Ya ya vale vale. Ya lo sé.
Dave: ¿Quieres hacer algo hoy?
María: No, hoy no tengo tiempo. Puedes ir a ver a tu amigo Carlos otra vez.
Dave: Bueno, vale. Adiós.


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. Ronald:

    Cuántos pasados hay en castellano?

    • Laura:

      @Ronald Pretérito Perfecto, Pretérito Imperfecto, Pretérito Indefinido, Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto, Pasado Progresivo