In this Spanish lesson we will practice asking and giving directions in Spanish. As usual, first we will review some relevant grammar and vocabulary and then see if you can follow a short listening.
This lesson is part of a Spanish course that practices the grammar and vocabulary first introduced in my beginner 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:
Beginner Spanish Lesson 8 Directions in Spanish
Please familiarise yourself with the following words and phrases before listening to the audio below:
¿Dónde está la calle …….?: Where is the street …..?
Todo recto: Straight on
La primera: The first (street)
La segunda: The second (street)
La tercera: The third (street)
La cuarta: The fourth (street)
A la derecha: On the right
A la izquierda: On the left
Al final de la calle: At the end of the street
El / La: the
Un / Una: a
Está: It is / Is
¿Dónde está la estación de tren?: Where is the train station?
Hay: There is/there are
¿Dónde hay una frutería?: Where is there a fruit shop?
Al lado de: Next to
Enfrente de: Opposite
Delante de: In front of
Detrás de: Behind
En la esquina: On the corner
Now, play the audio below to listen to a conversation in Spanish between two people in the street. 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)
Matt: Oiga perdone, ¿Dónde está el teatro?
Clara: A ver… Sí. Todo recto, la segunda a la derecha. Al final de la calle. Está enfrente de una iglesia.
Matt: Muy bien. Muchas gracias. ¿Está en la calle Mayor?
Clara: Sí, sí, en la calle Mayor.
Matt: Otra pregunta, ¿dónde hay un supermercado?
Clara: Mmmmm… Hay uno enfrente de la estación de autobuses. Todo recto, la tercera a la izquierda.
Matt: ¿La tercera a la izquierda?
Clara: Sí. Enfrente de la estación de autobuses.
Matt: Perfecto. Muchas gracias.
Clara: De nada. ¡Adiós!
Matt: ¡Hasta luego!
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
I am from Bilbao in northern Spain. I qualified as a Spanish Language Teacher in 2004. I have taught Spanish in England and Spain and now really enjoy teaching the Spanish Language via my website The Spanish Blog to students from all around the world. I love my job and the intricacies of the Spanish Language. My main personal interests are music, reading and cooking. I studied music for twelve years in Bilbao and I play the piano. I also enjoy singing and I try my best to sing more in English now. I hope very much that you enjoy my posts and welcome any comments.
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