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Intermediate Spanish Listening Practice – How to use El Pretérito Perfecto de Subjuntivo Posted by on Apr 5, 2019 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we are going to look at how to use El Pretérito Perfecto de Subjuntivo. 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 – How to use El Pretérito Perfecto de Subjuntivo

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

En mal estado: off (food)
Manzanilla: chamomile tea
Asegurarse: to make sure
Sidrería: cider bar
En serio: seriously

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)



Ana: Hola Robert ¿Vienes a tomar algo?
Robert: No, no me siento bien. Me voy a casa a la cama.
Ana: ¿Qué te pasa?
Robert: Me duele mucho el estómago. No sé por qué.
Ana: Quizá hayas comido algo en mal estado. Cuando hayas tomado una manzanilla y hayas dormido varias horas seguro que te sientes mejor.
Robert: Eso espero ¿Vas sola al bar?
Ana: No, voy con Raquel y Óscar. No creo que hayan llegado ya. Siempre llegan tarde cuando quedamos.
Robert: Sí, yo también he quedado con ellos alguna vez y he esperado muchísimo tiempo.
Ana: Espero que hayan salido ya de casa. Les voy a llamar para asegurarme.
Robert: Buena idea. ¿A qué bar vais?
Ana: A la sidrería manzana verde.
Robert: Oh, pues espero que hayas sacado mucho dinero porque esa sidrería es carísima
Ana: ¿En serio?
Robert: Sí, en serio.


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.