Student & Advisor Conversation: Spanish Practice Activity

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Instructor: Elena Sacramento Lechado

Elena has a PhD in linguistics from University of La Laguna (Spain). Currently, she teaches Spanish as a foreign language and creates teaching resources.

Test your Spanish reading skills with this practice activity about educational advice. You will read different conversations between students and their advisor. Check how much you understand while practicing some grammar and useful vocabulary.

Talking to an Advisor

All of us have been in a situation in which we needed someone to give us advice, especially when having to make a big decision regarding our future. In this practice activity, you'll read several conversations between students and their advisor, consejero in Spanish.

Your vocabulary related to school subjects, as well as expressions for giving advice and your knowledge of the future tense, will help you grasp the main idea of these dialogs.

Let's get started! Or as we say in Spanish, ¡Empecemos!

Dame Un Consejo

Dame un consejo means 'Give me some advice.' Advice is an uncountable noun in English, but in Spanish, it's countable (and masculine): un consejo.

Here are three conversations between students and their advisor, who helps them and makes suggestions. Read them carefully and then check your comprehension with the true/false activity (verdadero/falso) coming up next.

Can you also find at least three instances of the future tense? Here's our first conversation:

Consejero: ¿Qué estudiarás el próximo semestre?

Carla: Me interesan mucho los idiomas y saco buenas notas en francés y literatura, así que quiero elegir algo relacionado con esta área, pero no tengo claro que haré en la universidad.

Consejero: ¿Has pensando en la enseñanza?

Carla: Siempre me ha gustado ayudar y explicar a mis compañeros y hermanos, así que podría ser una buena idea.

Consejero: Puedes continuar estudiando literatura y elegir latín el próximo semestre. Si realmente te gustan, podrás estudiar lenguas y literatura en la universidad. Con ese título podrás dedicarte a la enseñanza en el futuro.

Now, let's look at our second conversation:

Pablo: Últimamente estoy muy ansioso. No duermo bien, y aunque he estudiado mucho, he sacado malas notas en los últimos exámenes de física.

Consejero: Te aconsejo que te relajes e intentes descansar un poco. Antes de sentarte a estudiar, ve a dar un paseo o haz algo que guste, escuchar música, por ejemplo. Luego, tendrás la cabeza despejada y podrás estudiar mejor.

Pablo: Gracias. Realmente me gustan las ciencias, sobre todo la ecología y quiero continuar, pero encuentro la física muy difícil.

Consejero: No te preocupes. Puedes elegir biología y química el próximo semestre. Así, continuarás estudiando ciencias pero sólo temas que realmente te gustan.

Now, let's look at our third conversation:

Consejero: ¿En qué puedo ayudarte?

Jorge: Estoy bajo presión. Mis padres quieren que estudie medicina, porque mi padre es cirujano y mi madre es médico, pero yo no quiero.

Consejero: Te entiendo. Estudiar medicina debe ser vocacional. ¿Qué es lo que realmente te gusta?

Jorge: Me apasiona la música y soy bueno en arte. Me gustan las asignaturas en las que puedo ser creativo.

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