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Beginner Spanish Listening Practice – Lesson 8 Speaking Spanish in a bar (Part 1) Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we will practice Spanish vocabulary related to bars and pubs and speaking Spanish in a bar or pub. 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 6 Speaking Spanish in a bar

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

¿Qué quiere tomar? : What would you like to have? (formal)
¿Algo más?: Anything else?
¿Tienes …?: Have you got…?
Hay: There is/There are
Bocadillo de ……: ……. roll
Tortilla de patata: Spanish omelette
Queso: Cheese
Jamón serrano: Cured ham
Calamares a la romana / rabas: Squid fried in batter
Aceitunas: Olives
Vino (tinto/blanco): Wine (red/white)
Crianza: Aged wine
¿Cuánto es?: How much is it?
Toma: Take it/Here you are
Vale: OK

Now, play the audio below to listen to a conversation in a bar. 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 ¿Qué quiere tomar?
Customer: Mmmm ¿Tienes bocadillos?
Waitress: Sí, hay bocadillos de jamón serrano, de tortilla de patata, de queso y de calamares.
Customer: ¡De calamares! ¡Oh sí! Un bocadillo de calamares, por favor.
Waitress: Muy bien. ¿Algo más?
Customer: Sí, unas aceitunas.
Waitress: Vale. ¿Y para beber?
Customer: Un vino tinto.
Waitress: ¿Crianza?
Customer: Sí, crianza.
Waitress: Muy bien.
Customer: Pago ahora. ¿Cuánto es?
Waitress: Vamos a ver… Un bocadillo de calamares, unas aceitunas y un crianza. Son seis euros.
Customer: Seis euros, vale. Toma.
Waitress: Muy bien.


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. Susan:

    This is a really helpful way to learn Spanish! Thank you.

    • Laura:

      @Susan Great to hear you are enjoying this new course Susan! Thanks for your feedback. Saludos, Laura

  2. Susan:

    Can you tell me how to get the video to play please

    • Laura:

      @Susan Hola Susan, this post contains a listening mp3 that you play by pressing the play arrow, there is no video, saludos, Laura