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Colloquial Spanish Course – Talking about Chores in Spanish Posted by on Mar 2, 2021 in Learning, Spanish Culture, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we are going to practice talking about Chores in Spanish. First we will learn some relevant vocabulary and then see if you can follow a short audio conversation 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.

Talking about Chores in Spanish

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Talking about Chores in Spanish:

La aspiradora – Vacuum cleaner
La escoba – Broom
El recogedor – Dustpan
La basura – Rubbish
El cubo de basura – Rubbish bin
La bolsa (de basura) – (Rubbish) bag
La enceradora – Floor polisher
La cera – Wax
El plumero – Duster
El trapo – Cloth/Rag
El paño – Dishcloth
La esponja – Sponge
El detergente – Dish soap
El jabón – Soap
El jabón para ropa – Laundry detergent
El suavizante – Softener
El balde – Bucket
La fregona – Mop
Los guantes de goma – Rubber gloves
Lejía – Bleach
Limpiar – To clean
Lavar – To wash
Fregar el suelo – To mop
Pasar la aspiradora / aspirar – To vacuum
Barrer – To sweep
Quitar el polvo – To dust
Fregar – To scrub
Encerar – To wax
Sacar brillo – To polish
Planchar – To iron
Hacer la cama – To make the bed
Tender la ropa – Hang up the washing
Sacar la basura – Take out the trash

Now play the audio to listen a conversation. Can you understand what is being said? 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)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Transcript:

Jason: Me voy a ver a Federico y a Raúl. Hasta luego.
Elena: Espera un momento. Me dijiste que ibas a pasar la aspiradora.
Jason: Lo haré más tarde cuando regrese.
Elena: No, dijiste que lo harías esta mañana. Hazlo ahora antes de irte.
Jason: ¿En serio? ¿Tan importante es?
Elena: No limpiamos lo suficiente nuestra casa. Nunca quitamos el polvo. Ni siquiera tenemos un plumero.
Jason: Nuestra casa no tiene polvo. Hago muchas tareas. Lavo los platos todos los días y lavo la ropa. ¿No puedes pasar la aspiradora y quitar el polvo tú?
Elena: Barro los suelos todos los días, y limpio el baño y la cocina.
Jason: Yo cocino la comida.
Elena: ¡A veces! Yo cocino más que tú. Podrías hacer mucho más.
Jason: ¿Quién hace todo el bricolaje? ¿Quién arregla el jardín? ¿Quién saca la basura todos los días?
Elena: ¿Quién plancha tus camisas?
Jason: Siempre te digo que no planches mis camisas. No hace falta plancharlas. Siempre compro camisas de no planchar específicamente para llevar al trabajo.
Elena: Si no las planchas, tienen un montón de arrugas. A veces no tienes ni idea. Seguro que tu madre te hacía todo cuando eras pequeño.
Jason: Seguro que tu madre te mimaba más que la mía a mí. Eso seguro.
Elena: Bueno qué más da. ¿Vas a pasar la aspiradora o no?
Jason: De acuerdo.
Elena: Hazlo bien. ¡Tómate tu tiempo!

 

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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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.


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