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

I am from Bilbao in northern Spain. I qualified as a Spanish Language Teacher in 2004. I have taught Spanish in England and Spain and now really enjoy teaching the Spanish Language via my website The Spanish Blog to students from all around the world. I love my job and the intricacies of the Spanish Language. My main personal interests are music, reading and cooking. I studied music for twelve years in Bilbao and I play the piano. I also enjoy singing and I try my best to sing more in English now. I hope very much that you enjoy my posts and welcome any comments.