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Beginner Spanish Listening Practice – Need, Want, Prefer (Part 1) Posted by on Dec 22, 2017 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we will practice using the verbs to need, to want and to prefer. 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 20 Need, Want, Prefer

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

Película: movie
Película romantica: Romantic movie
Película de acción: Action movie
¿Qué te parece?: What do you think?
Hacer unas cosas: To do a few things.

Now, play the audio to listen to a conversation between friends. 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)



Charlie: Hola Tania
Tania: Hola Charlie ¿Qué tal?
Charlie: Bien. ¿Quieres venir conmigo al cine?
Tania: Vale. ¿Qué película quieres ver?
Charlie: No estoy seguro. Echan una película romántica y una película de acción.
Tania: Prefiero ver la película romántica.
Charlie: ¿Sí? Mmmmm.. Yo prefiero ver la película de acción. También echan una película de misterio. ¿Qué te parece?
Tania: Bien. ¿A qué hora quieres ir? Necesito ir a casa primero para hacer unas cosas.
Charlie: Hay una sesión a las ocho y otra a las diez. ¿Vamos a las diez?
Tania: Sí, a las diez es perfecto. Hasta luego
Charlie: Hasta luego


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. José Alves de Oliveira:

    Hola maestra Laura,
    Me gusta conocerte. Soy muy grato por poder estudiar español en tus lecciones en este sitio. En este audio, ya entendí casí todas frases o palabras.
    Muchas gracias y hasta luego.

  2. Laura:

    What is the meaning of “echan una película?” I saw many definitions for echar, and the closest meaning seemed to be “to throw”, which is kind of like to project, I guess?

    • Laura:

      @Laura I would say it is “showing a movie”

  3. Yasser Ibraheem Abdullah:

    I liked your lesson . It added some new words to my list