In this Spanish lesson we will practice speaking Spanish in a pharmacy. 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 some useful structures and vocabulary to help you with the listening:

Venda: Bandage
Jeringuilla: Syringe
Jarabe: Syrup/Cough mixture
Algodón: Cotton wool
Aspirina: Aspirin
Alcohol: Alcohol
Tirita: Plaster
Pastilla: Tablet
Crema/Pomada: Cream
Spray: Spray
Receta: Prescription

Necesito algo para la tos: I need something for a cough
Necesito algo para el dolor de …: I need something for a pain in…
¿Podría recomendarme algo eficaz?: Could you recommend something good?
Yo que usted tomaría este jarabe: If I were you I would take this syrup/cough mixture
¿Qué dosis debo tomar al día?: What dose must I take a day?
¿Le importaría repetir?: Could you repeat please?
Una cucharada cada ocho horas: One tablespoon every 8 hours
Tres veces al día: Three times a day
Aquí tiene. ¿Necesita algo más?: Here you are. Do you need anything else?
No nada más: No, nothing else
¿Cuánto es?: How much is it?

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:

Vamos a ver: let’s see…
Caja: box

Now play the audio to listen a conversation in a pharmacy. 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)



Pharmacist: Hola, buenos días
Lola: Hola. Necesito algo para el dolor de garganta. ¿Le importaría recomendarme algo eficaz? Me duele mucho.
Pharmacist: Vamos a ver… Yo que usted tomaría este jarabe.
Lola: Vale, muy bien. ¿Qué dosis debo tomar al día?
Pharmacist: Una cucharada cada seis horas.
Lola: ¿Cómo? ¿Le importaría repetir?
Pharmacist: Una cucharada cada seis horas. Cuatro veces al día.
Lola: Vale, muchas gracias.
Pharmacist: Aquí tiene. ¿Necesita algo más?
Lola: Sí, una caja de aspirinas y una caja de tiritas.
Pharmacist: Aspirinas y tiritas. Aquí tiene. ¿Algo más?
Lola: No, nada más. ¿Cuánto es?
Pharmacist: Siete euros con veintiocho
Lola: Aquí tiene.
Pharmacist: Muchas gracias.
Lola: Adiós
Pharmacist: Adiós


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. 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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