First, listen to this short conversation between a traveler and a cashier.
In the next step, you will see a written transcript of this conversation. But for now, just listen to audio in full without pausing or rewinding and try to pick out any words or phrases that you can recognize.
Press play on the audio player below to begin listening to the conversation.
Don't worry if you do not understand much at first -- at this stage you are simply trying to get your brain "tuned in" to recognizing any words you might know.
When you are finished listening to the audio, click "Continue" to proceed to the next step.
Now we will test how well you can recall the material presented in the written dialogue. Try to enter the English translation for each phrase below from memory (no peeking!). After you have entered your response on each line, click the "Show Answer" button to show the correct answer and compare your response.
Enter the English translation into the field below each phrase. After you have entered your response, click "Show Answer" to see the correct response, then "Next" to see the next phrase.
Now that you have studied the meaning of each Spanish sentence, you will test your ability to recognize the same phrases when you hear them on the audio.
Click the playback icon to hear a phrase from the previous dialogue.
Type what you hear, in Spanish, into the input field below. After you have entered your response, click the "Show Answer" button to see the correct phrase and compare your results.
If you completed each of the previous steps, you likely found that the conversation was much easier to understand by the end. This makes sense because of the work you have done in the previous steps -- studying the written dialogue, identifying any vocabulary words that did not know, and listening to the dialogue one line at a time.
By the time you finally listen to the full conversation again, you have already worked through the main issues that might prevent you from understanding the material.
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