Intermediate Spanish Listening Practice – Spanish irregular negative imperatives Posted by on Dec 15, 2018 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we will practice using Spanish irregular negative imperatives. 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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Here are the grammar rules of how to create Spanish irregular negative imperatives:

Oir: no oigas, no oiga, no oigáis, no oigan: Don’t listen
Salir: no salgas, no salga, no salgáis, no salgan: Don’t leave
Hacer: no hagas, no haga, no hagáis, no hagan: Don’t do/Don’t make
Poner: no pongas, no ponga, no pongáis, no pongan: Don’t put
Venir: no vengas, no venga, no vengáis, no vengan: Don’t come
Decir: no digas, no diga, no digáis, no digan: Don’t say/Don’t tell
Tener: no tengas, no tenga, no tengáis, no tengan: Don’t have
Ir: no vayas, no vaya, no vayáis, no vayan: Don’t go

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:

Dirección opuesta: opposite direction
Hacer caso: to listen to
No tener ni idea: to not have a clue
Por aquí: this way

Now play the audio to listen a conversation between two people. 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)



Isabel: Hola Mark. ¿Qué tal?
Mark: Bien, pero lo siento, no tengo tiempo de hablar contigo. Tengo mucha prisa.
Isabel: ¿Adónde vas?
Mark: He quedado con mi hermano Paul en la plaza roja y no sé dónde está.
Isabel: Pues no vayas por allí. La plaza roja está en la dirección opuesta.
Mark: ¿En serio? María me ha dicho que está por aquí.
Isabel: No hagas caso a María.
Mark: No digas eso Isabel. Pobre María.
Isabel: No, en serio. María no tiene ni idea de dar direcciones. Yo voy mucho a la plaza roja y sé perfectamente dónde está.
Mark: Bueno, pues voy contigo.
Isabel: No, no, no vengas conmigo. Ahora no voy a la plaza roja. Voy a mi casa. Tengo que estudiar. Es horrible. Odio estudiar.
Mark: No digas eso Isabel. ¿Por qué no vienes conmigo a la plaza roja? Vamos a un bar, tomamos algo y luego te vas a casa a estudiar.
Isabel: Vale venga. Voy contigo.
Mark: ¿Por aquí?
Isabel: Nooo, por aquí.


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.