Spanish Listening Activity: Hear People Calling a Show for Help

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  • 0:02 Asking & Giving Advice
  • 0:26 The Conditional Tense
  • 1:10 Calling Senor Consejo
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Instructor: Pablo Serna

Pablo has taught college Spanish at the University of Missouri and Central Methodist University, and has a master's degree in Spanish literature.

In this lesson we will practice the conditional tense a little more, along with vocabulary that helps us give and receive recommendations, suggestions, and advice.

Asking & Giving Advice

In this lesson, we will practice the conditional tense and verbs like recomendar, sugerir, and aconsejar to help us give and receive recommendations, suggestions, and advice in Spanish. The conditional tense, and other verbs, allow us to share with people what we think they should do. We will also practice related vocabulary.

The Conditional Tense

The conditional tense is used to discuss what you would do or what would happen in certain circumstances. Spanish and English both use this tense to give suggestions. For example, Si yo fuera tú, hablaría con tu amigo. (If I were you, I would talk to your friend.)

Now, how did we form the conditional tense to say what we would do?

We use the infinitive form of the verb + the endings -ía, -ías, -ía, íamos, íais, ían according to the person. These endings are the same for all verbs, -AR, -ER, and -IR, regular and irregular.

Calling Señor Consejo

Señor Consejo has a local radio show where callers can receive advice on their specific problems.

Let's listen in on some of his calls.

¡Hola! Estás hablando con el Señor Consejo. Dime tu problema. (Hello! You are talking to Mr. Consejo. Tell me your problem.)

Hola. Gracias Señor Consejo, soy Jorge. Tengo vecinos que hacen mucho ruido. No puedo dormir bien. Qué recomiendas en mi situación? (Hello. Thank you Mr. Consejo, I am Jorge. I have neighbors that are very noisy. I can't sleep well. What do you recommend in my situation?)

Jorge, sugiero hablar con ellos sin enojarse pero con entendimiento. En caso de que no cambien, deberías llamar a la policía y formular una queja. Gracias por tu llamada. (Jorge, I suggest talking with them without getting mad but with understanding. In case they don't change, you should call the police and file a noise complaint. Thank you for your call.)

Hola. Estás hablando con el Señor Consejo. Dime tu problema. (Hello. You are talking to Mr. Consejo. Tell me your problem.)

Hola Señor Consejo. Me llamo Ana María. Mi jefe me odia, y no hice nada malo. (Hello Mr. Consejo. My name is Ana María. My boss hates me, and I didn't do anything bad.)

Recomiendo enfrentar los problema y hablar con tu jefe. Si yo fuera tú, me disculparía por lo que está molestando a tu jefe y le preguntaría que puedes hacer para mejorar. (I recommend confronting your problem and talking to your boss. If I were you, I would apologize for that which is bothering your boss and ask what I could do to make it better.)

Gracias, Señor Consejo. ¡No soy tan humilde pero necesito intentar! (Thank you, Mr. Consejo. I am not that humble, but I need to try.)

Hola. Estás hablando con Señor Consejo. Dime tu problema. (Hello. You are talking to Mr. Consejo. Tell me your problem.)

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