Spanish Greetings and Phrases in Conversation: Listening Activity

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  • 0:06 Practice Conversations - Intro
  • 0:37 #1 - Una Noche Muy Mala
  • 1:57 #2 - Soy de California
  • 3:17 #3 - Children
  • 4:28 #4 - First Day of School
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Instructor: Lisa Warren
This video will present four practice dialogues to allow students to hear basic greetings and introductions in conversation. After each dialogue, students can test their knowledge by trying to answer some questions about what they just heard.

Conversations - Introduction

¡Hola! It's time to practice your comprehension skills with some basic Spanish conversations! In each of the following four dialogues, listen for who is speaking, what time of day it is, how each person is feeling, where each person is from, and whether the conversation uses formal or informal grammar. After each conversation, I will ask a series of questions. Feel free to go back in the video to review the conversations for the answers. ¡Vamos!

Conversation 1 - Una Noche Muy Mala

Sara: 'Buenas noches. Me llamo Sara. ?Cómo te llamas?'

Carolina: 'Hola Sara. Me llamo Carolina. ?Cómo estás?'

Sara: '¡Muy bien! ?Cómo estás tú?'

Carolina: 'Muy mal. Sara, yo soy de México. ?De dónde eres tú?'

Sara: 'Soy de Colombia.'

Did you understand the conversation? Let's take a look! Can you name the two people who were speaking? Good! Sara and Carolina. Were you able to tell where each woman was from? Sara is from Colombia and Carolina is from Mexico. Could you tell how each woman was feeling? Right! Carolina is sad, and Sara is happy.

Now, what time of day is it? It's the nighttime! You can tell because Sara says Buenas noches. Finally, were the speakers using formal grammar or informal grammar? It was informal! The word was used, and the verbs were in the informal form! Well done, here comes another dialogue!

Conversation 2 - Soy de California

Sr. Linares: 'Buenos días, señor. ?Cómo se llama ud.?'

Sr. Martín: 'Buenos días. Mi nombre es Sr. Martín. ?Y ud.?'

Sr. Linares: 'Soy Sr. Linares. ?De dónde es?'

Sr. Martín: 'Soy de California. Los Angeles. ?Y ud.?'

Sr. Linares: '¡Ah! ¡Soy de San Francisco! Sr. Martín, ?cómo está ud.?'

Sr. Martín: 'Muy bien, señor. ?Y ud.? ?Cómo está?'

Sr. Linares: 'Muy bien.'

Time to see if you understood the conversation! Who are the two men speaking? Señor Linares and Señor Martín. Where are the men from? Did you catch that both men are from California? Sr. Linares is from San Francisco and Sr. Martín is from Los Angeles. What time of day did this conversation occur? That's right: it's morning! The men say 'buenos días.' How are the men feeling today? Both men are doing well. Finally, was this conversation formal or informal? It was formal! Did you notice the word 'usted' being used? Ready for another dialogue?

Conversation 3 - Children

Pepe: '¡Hola! Me llamo Pepe. '?Cómo te llamas?'

Cristina: '¡Buenos días, Pepe! Me llamo Cristina. ?Cómo estás?'

Pepe: 'Así así. ?Cómo estás, tú?'

Cristina: 'Bien.'

Pepe: '?De dónde eres, Cristina?'

Cristina: 'Soy de Perú.'

Pepe: 'Yo soy de los Estados Unidos.'

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