Beginner Spanish Listening Practice – El Pretérito Perfecto and El Pretérito Indefinido Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we will practice using both El Pretérito Perfecto and El Pretérito Indefinido to compare and understand their different uses. 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 41 El Pretérito Perfecto and El Pretérito Indefinido

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

Me encanta: I love
Me gusta mucho: I like very much
Puerros: Leeks
Impresionante: Impressive/Awesome

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)



Rebeca: ¡Hola Tony! ¿Dónde has estado de vacaciones?
Tony: He estado en Barcelona.
Rebeca: Ohh Barcelona… Me encanta. ¿Cuando has vuelto?
Tony: Volví ayer. He estado allí dos semanas.
Rebeca: ¿Y qué es lo que más te ha gustado de Barcelona?
Tony: Mmmm no sé. Quizás la comida. Un día fui a un restaurante con comida tradicional catalana. Me gustó mucho.
Rebeca: ¿Qué comiste?
Tony: Comí Calçots, unos puerros con una salsa muy rica. Y de postre comí crema catalana.
Rebeca: Ah sí. Yo también he comido alguna vez crema catalana. Es como una creme brulee. ¿no?
Tony: Sí, sí, exacto. ¿Has estado en Barcelona?
Rebeca: Sí, he ido allí tres veces. La última vez vi la Sagrada Familia. Me encantó. ¿La has visto?
Tony: Sí sí. Visité la Sagrada Familia mi último día de vacaciones. Es impresionante.


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.


  1. Ralph:

    Me encantan mucho tus lecciones. ¡Excelente! Descubrí un error pequeño La traducción en inglés por puerros es leeks. Leaks significan la fuga.

    • Laura:

      @Ralph ¡Muchas gracias Ralph! Lo cambiaré ahora. Laura