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Beginner Spanish Listening Practice – Lesson 1 Introductions (Part 1) Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we will practice understanding simple everyday introductions in Spanish. This lesson practices informal introductions. 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 links to watch the corresponding video lessons of the original course:

Beginner Spanish Lesson 1 (Part 1)
Beginner Spanish Lesson 1 (Part 2)

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

Hola : Hello/Hi (formal or informal)
Adiós : Goodbye
Hasta luego: See you later
¿Cómo estás?: How are you? (informal)
Muy bien, gracias: Very well, thank you
¿Cómo te llamas?: What’s your name? (informal) (literally: “what do you call yourself?”)
Me llamo (nombre): My name is…. (literally: “I call myself…”)
¿De dónde eres?: Where are you from? (informal)
Soy de… (country): I am from…
Mucho gusto: It’s a pleasure to meet you (literally: “much pleasure”)
Encantado/a: It’s a pleasure to meet you (literally: “delighted”)

Now, play the audio below to listen to a typical conversation in Spanish between two people meeting for the first time. Can you understand what they are saying?

(Play the audio a few times before you scroll down and look at the transcript)



Marta: Hola, ¿cómo estás?
John: Muy bien, gracias. ¿Y tú?
Marta: Muy bien. Me llamo Marta. Soy de España. ¿Y tú? ¿Cómo te llamas?
John: Me llamo John.
Marta: ¿De dónde eres John?
John: Soy de Inglaterra.
Marta: Muy bien. Encantada John.
John: Mucho gusto Marta.
Marta: ¡Adiós!
John: ¡Hasta luego!


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!

I also recommend that you watch the next lesson in this course Introductions (Part 2) which continues the theme of practicing basic introductions, this time in a formal job interview situation.


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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.