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Beginner Spanish Listening Practice – The Time (Part 1) Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we will practice practice how to ask and tell the time and how to state at what time we do things 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 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 15 The Time

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

Volver: to come back
Comer: to eat lunch
No creo: I don’t think so
Seguramente: probably

Now, play the audio to listen to a conversation between colleagues in an office. 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: Mónica, ¿Qué hora es?
Mónica: Son las once y media.
Jack: Ah vale. ¿Vamos a tomar un café?
Mónica: Pero volvemos a las doce menos cuarto ¿Vale? Tengo mucho trabajo.
Jack: Bien. ¿A qué hora vas a comer?
Mónica: A las dos. ¿Y tú?
Jack: A la una y media. ¿Vas a terminar a las seis hoy?
Mónica: No creo.
Jack: Pero normalmente terminas a las seis, ¿no?
Mónica: Sí, pero hoy tengo mucho trabajo.
Jack: ¿A qué hora vas a casa hoy?
Mónica: A las ocho seguramente.


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. Deaina:

    Laura, thanks for your great lessons. I have studied them for about 6-7 years, mostly on YouTube. I just discovered them on Twitter. I am a physician (pediatrician) endeavoring to become a medical interpreter to better communicate with my patients. I am 12% away from passing my test. I need help with conversational Spanish and grammar along with writing Spanish.

    • Laura:

      @Deaina Hola Deaina, many thanks for your comments and for letting me know you are enjoying the lessons! It’s really nice of you. I am so pleased that you like them. 6-7 years eh! Has it been that long!! Your career plan sounds fantastic and I wish you every success with it!! Keep in touch, Laura