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Beginner Spanish Listening Practice – El verbo Ir and Transport (Part 1) Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we will practice using the Spanish verb To Go El verbo Ir and 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 18 El verbo Ir and Transport

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

Biblioteca: Library
Cansado/a: Tired
Cerca: close by
Necesitar: to need
Roto/a: broken
A las ocho: At eight

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)



Tom: Hola Clara
Clara: Hola Tom. ¿Adónde vas?
Tom: Voy a la biblioteca para estudiar. ¿Y tú? ¿Adónde vas?
Clara: Voy a mi casa. Estoy muy cansada. ¿Vas andando?
Tom: Sí, voy andando. No tengo coche y mi bicicleta está rota.
Clara: Yo voy a mi casa en coche y la biblioteca está muy cerca de mi casa. ¿Quieres venir conmigo?
Tom: Muchas gracias, pero prefiero ir andando. Necesito aire fresco.
Clara: Vale.
Tom: ¿Quieres ir al cine mañana conmigo?
Clara: Sí, vale. ¿Al cine megaprisa?
Tom: Sí, vamos en metro y estamos allí en quince minutos.
Clara: Perfecto. ¿Mañana a las ocho en mi casa?
Tom: Sí, a las ocho. ¡Hasta mañana!
Clara: ¡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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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 Hillberg:

    I got a little lost in the Cine part. I think megaprisa threw me off. After reading it I followed it fairly well.

    • Laura:

      @Ronald Hillberg Well done Ronald! It’s good to get accustomed to the odd unusual word that throws us off a bit. We need to be able to piece things together and make sense using the knowledge we have and filtering out any new vocab and expressions. Saludos, Laura