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Intermediate Spanish Listening Practice – Irregular verbs of El Condicional Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we will practice using irregular verbs of El Condicional, which corresponds to the conditional ‘Would’ tense in English. 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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These are the rules of how to conjugate the irregular verbs:

Irregular vebs that remove the vowel “e”:

Caber: cabr-: cabría: It would fit
Haber: Habr-: habría: There would be
Poder: podr-: podría: He/She would be able
Querer: querr-: querría: He/She would want
Saber: sabr-: sabría: He/She would know

Irregular verbs that remove the “e” and add a “d”:

Poner : pondr-: pondría: He/She would put
Tener: tendr-: tendría: He/She/It would have
Valer: valdr-: valdría: It would cost
Venir: vendr-: vendría: He/She would come
Salir. saldr-: saldría: He/She would leave

Decir: dir-: diría: He/She would say
Hacer: har. haría: He/She would do

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.

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

Película: film
Terror: horror
Obra: theatre play
Depende: it depends

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)



Sonia: Hola Mark
Mark: Hola Sonia
Sonia: Pensé que no vendrías tan pronto. ¿Querrías ir al cine esta noche?
Mark: Sí claro ¿Qué te gustaría ver?
Sonia: Yo vería una película de terror.
Mark: ¿De terror? No me gustan las películas de terror. ¿Podríamos ver una película de acción?
Sonia: Oh no. No quiero. ¿Harías algo por mí?
Mark: ¿Qué?
Sonia: ¿Vendrías conmigo al teatro en lugar de al cine?
Mark: Vale, podría ir al teatro contigo, pero depende de qué obra.
Sonia: Vale. Voy a mirar qué obras hay y te digo.
Mark: Muy bien.


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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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. James Skipper:

    Understood the general idea of the dialogue. Didn’t understand the last couple sentences. 3 times listening. Had to back out and back in with my iPhone 6

    • Laura:

      @James Skipper Good for you James! Understanding the general gist is great. If you can do that, you are doing well. The details will come with practice. Stick at it and please keep in touch, Laura

  2. Andrea Melissa Hazeldine:

    These short audios are so valuable! As a native English speaker, I find it easier to understand the man, but I like the chance to listen a few times to understand what Sonia is saying. Muchísimas gracias por estas oportunidades.

    • Laura:

      @Andrea Melissa Hazeldine Thanks very much for your feedback Andrea! It’s great to hear that you are enjoying these audio conversations. All my best, Laura