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Beginner Spanish Listening Practice – Lesson 7 Alphabet and spelling (Part 2) Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we will practice more related to the Spanish alphabet and spelling in Spanish. 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 the Spanish alphabet and spelling in Spanish.


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 5 Alphabet and spelling

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

A: a, B: be, C: ce, CH: che, D: de, E: e, F: efe, G: ge, H: hache, I: i, J: jota, K: ka, L: ele, LL: elle, M: eme, N: ene, Ñ: eñe, O: o, P: pe, Q: cu, R: erre, S: ese, T: te, U: u, V: uve, W: uve doble, X: equis, Y: i griega, Z: zeta.

¿Cómo se escribe/deletrea tu nombre? How do you write/spell your name? (informal)
¿Cómo se escribe/deletrea su nombre? How do you write/spell your name? (formal)
¿Cómo se escribe/deletrea tu apellido? How do you write/spell your surname? (informal)
¿Cómo se escribe/deletrea su apellido? How do you write/spell your name? (formal)

Billete: ticket
Ida y vuelta: Return
Qué barato: How cheap
Aquí tiene: Here you are

Now, play the audio below to listen to a conversation in a ticket office of a train station between a ticket seller and a customer. 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
Ticket seller: Hola buenas.
Customer: Un billete para Barcelona por favor.
Ticket seller: ¿Ida y vuelta?
Customer: Sí, ida y vuelta
Ticket seller: Muy bien. ¿Su nombre?
Customer: Philip Jones
Ticket seller: Philip… ¿Cómo se escribe su nombre?
Customer: PHILIP
Ticket seller: PHILIP, vale. ¿Y cómo se deletra su apellido?
Customer: JONES
Ticket seller: ¿¿JONES??
Customer: Sí.
Ticket seller: Vale, muy bien. Aquí tiene su billete de ida y vuelta para Barcelona. Son 40 euros.
Customer: ¡Cuarenta euros! ¡Qué barato!
Ticket seller: Sí, aquí tiene su billete.
Customer: Gracias, adiós.
Ticket seller: 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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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. Eve Yves:

    Muchas gracias! Lo quiero! ❤️ Did I say it right?!

    • Laura:

      @Eve Yves Hola Eve,
      Thanks very much for your comments!
      Great to hear that you understood 95% of the listening. You are doing well! Let’s see how you progress with the other listenings in this course.
      When you said “Lo quiero”, if you want to say “I love it!”, you should say “¡Me encanta!”. Lo quiero” means “I want it” or “I love him”. “Querer” is just used with people for “Love” and not for things.

  2. Eve Yves:

    I understood 95% of it! Muchas gracias!