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Intermediate Spanish Listening Practice – Useful Spanish Conditional phrases Posted by on Jun 24, 2019 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we are going to continue practicing using Spanish conditional sentences. 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 – Useful Spanish Conditional phrases

Now play the audio to listen a conversation between 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)



Paul: Hola Cristina ¿Qué planes tienes para este verano?
Cristina: Pues salvo que tenga mucho trabajo en la oficina, me cogeré un mes de vacaciones.
Paul: ¡Un mes! ¡Qué bien! ¿Vas a quedarte aquí o vas a viajar?
Cristina: Me quedaré aquí, a no ser que haga muy mal tiempo. Si llueve mucho, iré a ver a mi hermana. Vive en Málaga.
Paul: Málaga… Allí hace mucho calor en verano ¿no?
Cristina: Sí, pero en la playa se está genial, a no ser que tengas la piel muy blanca. Entonces mejor viajar al norte de España.
Paul: Sí. Yo voy a visitar San Sebastián. Con tal de que no llueva todos los días estoy contento.
Cristina: San Sebastián es una ciudad preciosa. Creo que son unas vacaciones perfectas para ti, siempre y cuando no haga mal tiempo todos los días, claro. No creo. En verano suele hacer buen tiempo de vez en cuando.
Paul: Eso espero. Voy a estar allí dos semanas.
Cristina: Yo fui allí el verano pasado y llovió varios días. Si lo llego a saber habría llevado el chubasquero y un paraguas.
Paul: ¿Qué hiciste los días de lluvia?
Cristina: Visité museos y galerías de arte. También comí en bares de pintxos. Son muy tradicionales en San Sebastíán.
Paul: Ah vale. Si llueve haré eso. Gracias por las ideas.
Cristina: ¡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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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. William:

    Your characters spoke too rapidly for the learner ear, I had no way to slow down their speech so I gave up.
    The monologue ceased to function after about 2 minutes

    • Laura:

      @William Hola William, at intermediate level I try to make the conversations more true to a real conversation and recommend that you focus on trying to understand the main gist of what is going on if you haven’t been studying that long. Don’t worry if you don’t catch every word. It is an important skill to be able to be relaxed in conversation with native speakers and the only way to achieve this is with lots of practice listening to real conversations until you develop great listening skills. Please keep giving these conversations a try, but also please consider working through my beginner level listening practice course at the same time. Muchas gracias, Laura