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Beginner Spanish Listening Practice – Lesson 14 The Family (Part 1) Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we will practice speaking about the family in Spanish using El verbo Ser (to be) and possessive determiners. 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 9 The Family in Spanish, El verbo Ser, and Possessive Determiners

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

¿Le conoces?: Do you know him?
¿Conoces a….?: Do you know…?
Amigo: friend
Hermano/a: Brother/sister
Primo/a: Cousin
Novio/a: Boyfriend/Girlfriend
No lo sabía: I did not know it.

Now, play the audio below to listen to a conversation in Spanish between two people talking about their families. 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)



Josh: Hola, me llamo Josh.
Sonia: Hola, yo soy Sonia. ¿Eres el hermano de Matt?
Josh: Sí, Matt es mi hermano ¿Le conoces?
Sonia: Sí, es amigo de mi primo.
Josh: ¿Cómo se llama tu primo?
Sonia: Fernando
Josh:¡Ah! ¿Eres la prima de Fernando? ¡Yo también soy amigo de Fernando!
Sonia: ¿Conoces a Oscar? Es mi primo también.
Josh: ¡Ah sí! ¡Oscar! También es mi amigo. ¿Conoces a mi hermana Anna?
Sonia: ¿Anna Jones? ¿Eres el hermano de Anna Jones?
Josh: Sí, Anna es mi hermana.
Sonia: Pues Anna es la novia de mi hermano Miguel.
Josh: ¿Sí? No lo sabía.


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. Bert Morse:

    Good afternoon Laura, that was a great lesson I really enjoyed your method of teaching. I listened to the lesson several times and then as per instruction read the transcript. I was able to understand about 60 % . Listening to the transcript several more time may bring the whole thing together. I am an 80 year old retired engineer and have no prior Spanish language skills. I want to learn Spanish to improve my ageing memory skills.

    • Laura:

      @Bert Morse ¡Muchas gracias Bert! Thanks for your comments. I am very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the lesson. Please make sure you try all the other lessons in this course so far and stick with me for many more. 60% right from the off was pretty good! It sounds like you are really trying your best to learn in the correct way with lots of repetition and lots of listening. I wish you every success with your Spanish! Please keep in touch, Laura