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Beginner Spanish Listening Practice – Lesson 11 Speaking Spanish in a restaurant (Part 2) Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Learning, Spanish Culture, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we will look at more Spanish vocabulary related to restaurants and practice speaking more Spanish in a restaurant. As usual, first we will review some relevant grammar and vocabulary and then see if you can follow a short listening. This lesson continues on from the previous lesson in this course which also looked at speaking Spanish in a restaurant.


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 7 How to order in a restaurant

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

¿Tiene una mesa libre?: do you have a free table?
Por favor: please
¿Quieren postre?: would you like a dessert?
Para beber quiero/quisiera…: to drink I would like…
De primero quiero/quisiera…: for first course I would like…
De segundo quiero/quisiera…: for second course I would like…
Ensalada: salad
Pollo: Chicken

Now, play the audio below to listen to a conversation in Spanish in a restaurant. 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)



Customer: Hola
Waitress: Hola
Customer: ¿Tiene una mesa libre?
Waitress: Sí, ¿para usted solo?
Customer: Sí para mí solo.
Waitress: ¿Esta está bien?
Customer: Sí, muy bien.
Waitress: Aquí tiene el menú.¿Algo para beber?
Customer: Sí, un vino tinto por favor.
Waitress: Muy bien. Aquí tiene. ¿Y para comer?
Customer: A ver…de primero quiero una ensalada.
Waitress: Una ensalada, vale. ¿Y de segundo?
Customer: De segundo pollo.
Waitress: Pollo, muy bien.¿Quiere postre?
Customer: No gracias. No quiero postre. ¿Me trae la cuenta por favor?
Waitress: Sí, aquí tiene.
Customer: Gracias.


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. Elizabeth Taylor:

    I understood this audio completely and didn’t actually look at the vocabulary before playing it. How can I get to hear audio of Intermediate level?

    • Laura:

      @Elizabeth Taylor Hola Elizabeth,
      Thanks for your comment and great to hear you can understand this level easily! Unfortunately at the moment I am only working on beginner level lessons in this course. But, stay tuned, I will move on to intermediate and advanced lessons later and they will be considerably more challenging.