Beginner Spanish Listening Practice – Lesson 9 Speaking Spanish in a bar (Part 2) Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Learning, Spanish Culture, 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 continues on from the previous lesson in this course which also looked at speaking Spanish in a bar.


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 tapas hay? : What tapas are there?
¿Algo más?: Anything else?
¿Tienes …?: Have you got…?
Hay: There is/There are
Una ración de… : A portion of…
Jamón serrano: Cured ham
Jamón ibérico: Best quality cured ham
Tortilla de patata: Spanish omelette
Queso: Cheese
Calamares a la romana: Squid fried in batter
Aceitunas: Olives
Empanadillas: Spanish savoury pasties
Con hielo: With ice
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
Customer: ¿Qué tapas hay?
Waitress: Tenemos aceitunas, patatas fritas, calamares a la romana, jamón, queso, tortilla de patata y empanadillas.
Customer: ¿El jamón es serrano o ibérico?
Waitress: Tenemos los dos: jamón serrano y jamón ibérico.
Customer: Vale, pues ponme una ración de jamón ibérico.
Waitress: Muy bien, una ración de jamón ibérico. ¿Algo más?
Customer: A ver… ¿El queso es manchego?
Waitress: Sí claro. Es queso manchego.
Customer: Vale. Pues una ración de queso.
Waitress: Muy bien. ¿Y para beber?
Customer: Una coca cola con hielo.
Waitress: Vale. Son ocho euros.
Customer: Ocho euros, vale. Toma.
Waitress: 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

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.


  1. Sabahat Guyot:

    Could you guide me how to arrange Spanish language course in Bilbao. I would like a home stay . I liked your blog , I understood the dialogue very well. I need to enhance my speaking skills. Here in Bangkok it isn’t possible. Gracias señora Laura

    • Laura:

      @Sabahat Guyot Hola Sabahat, many thanks for your message! I am really sorry, I don’t know personally of any particular home stay language courses in Bilbao to recommend to you. I know Bilbao very well, as it is my home town, but I have never had any dealings with home stay language courses there. Sorry and best regards, Laura

  2. Calvin Allen:

    Interesting conversation, more traditional Spanish and more refined than the Latino Spanish I’ve been speaking at a tiny fishing village in Mexico. I got most all of it after listening a few times. Never heard anyone say “vale” before, or use estar for payment. I paid in pesos, not euros. Don’t know manchego, either.

    • Laura:

      @Calvin Allen Hola Calvin,
      Really interesting for me as a Spanish-speaking person from Spain to hear your feedback about Catellano and Latin Spanish. Thank you!
      “Vale” is used all the time in Spanish and Manchego cheese is one of the most rated Spanish cheeses, from Castilla La Mancha.
      All my best wishes to you and your lovely little village!