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Intermediate Spanish Listening Practice – Expressions of annoyance, resignation, lament and consolation Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we are going to practice using Spanish expressions of annoyance, resignation, lament and consolation. As usual, first we will review some relevant grammar and vocabulary and then see if you can follow a short listening.

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This lesson is part of a Spanish course that practices the grammar and vocabulary first introduced in my Intermediate 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:

Intermediate Spanish Lesson – Spanish expressions of annoyance, resignation, lament and consolation.

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

El vecino de arriba: the neighbour above
Destrozado: ruined
Seguro: insurance
Deuda: debt
Aprobar: to pass

Now play the audio to listen a conversation between two 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)



Elisa: Hola Steven. Tienes mala cara. ¿Qué te pasa?
Steven: Pues que el vecino de arriba dejó el grifo abierto anoche y tengo el techo del baño destrozado.
Elisa: Oh ¡Qué rollo! Bueno, supongo que el seguro de tu vecino arreglará todo.
Steven: No. Mi vecino tiene una deuda con su seguro, así que tengo que pagar yo todo.
Elisa: ¡Dios mío! ¡Qué dices! Pero tu vecino tiene que pagar.
Steven: Sí, me ha dicho que va a pagar algo. Pero es un estudiante y no tiene mucho dinero.
Elisa: Bueno, algo es algo. Tómatelo con calma.
Steven: Sí, no puedo hacer otra cosa. ¿Cómo estás tú?
Elisa: Pues un poco triste. La semana pasada tuve un examen de inglés y no he aprobado.
Steven: Vaya ¡Cuánto lo siento! ¿Puedes hacerlo otra vez?
Elisa: Sí, tengo otra oportunidad en un mes. ¿Puedes ayudarme? Necesito practicar hablar en inglés.
Steven: Claro, por supuesto. Podemos practicar cuando quieras.
Elisa: Muchas gracias Steven.
Steven: De nada.


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.