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Beginner Spanish Listening Practice – Shopping for food (Part 1) Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we will practice how to manage in Spanish when buying food in a shop or market. 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 16 Shopping for food

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

Buenas: Short version of Buenos días/Buenas tardes (Good morning or good afternoon)
Dime: Tell me. Shopkeepers might say this when they are ready for your order.
Zumo: Juice

Now, play the audio to listen to a conversation in a fruit shop. 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)



Jack: Hola, buenas.
Tendera: Buenas. Dime.
Jack: Quería un kilo de manzanas.
Tendera: Un kilo de manzanas. ¿Rojas o verdes?
Jack: Mmmm rojas.
Tendera: Vale ¿algo más?
Jack: Sí ¿Tienes tomates?
Tendera: Sí, tengo tomates cherry y tomates grandes también.
Jack: Pues un cuarto de kilo de tomates cherry.
Tendera: Bien. Un cuarto de kilo de tomates cherry. ¿algo más?
Jack: Sí. Unas naranjas.
Tendera: ¿Para zumo o para comer?
Jack: Para zumo.
Tendera: Vale.Tengo bolsas de dos kilos.¿Cuántas quieres?
Jack: Dame dos bolsas.
Tendera: Muy bien. ¿Algo más?
Jack: No, nada más. ¿Cuánto es?
Tendera: Son cinco euros con cincuenta.
Jack: Aquí tienes.
Tendera: Muy bien, gracias.
Jack: Adiós
Tendera: 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. Moira:

    I understood all this, they spoke clearly and simply.

    • Laura:

      @Moira Good for you Moira!

  2. Bonnie McClendon:

    I am very new so I understood the fruits and colors and a couple of words but it would not let me replay it so I only listened to it once

  3. Chris Bayley:

    I enjoyed this exercise in listening and understanding and consider that it is keeping with the level of understanding I have of Spanish at the moment.

    • Laura:

      @Chris Bayley Good to hear Chris! Glad you enjoyed the lesson. Laura