Listening practice - Foundation

You may want to talk about where your town (la ciudad) is located.

está lejos/cerca de ...it's far from/near to ...
está en el norte/el sur/el este/el oesteit's in the north/south/east/west
está situada/está ubicada/se encuentra en ...it's situated/it is in ...

Or you may also want to give an opinion of your local area.

aburrido/aboring
agradablepleasant
antiguo/aold
encantador/acharming
grandebig
hermoso/alovely/beautiful
histórico/ahistoric
limpio/aclean
moderno/amodern
pequeño/asmall
precioso/alovely/beautiful
ruidoso/anoisy
sucio/adirty
tranquilo/aquiet/peaceful

Remember to make adjectives agree with the nouns they are describing, for example el pueblo es tranquilo (the village is quiet) but la ciudad es tranquila (the city is quiet).

Aerial view of houses in London

Santi and Nieves are talking about where they live.

Question

Listen to Santi describing where he lives. Complete the sentences using the correct words from the list below.

city

north

boring

south

lovely

busy

quiet

village

  1. Santi lives in a _______________ in the _______________ of Chile.
  2. He says that it is very __________________ and _______________.
  1. Santi lives in a village in the south of Chile.
  2. He says that it is very quiet and boring.

Transcript:

Vivo en un pueblo bastante pequeño en el sur de Chile. Es muy tranquilo y no hay nada para los jóvenes. Mis padres piensan que es un lugar muy encantador, pero yo creo que es aburrido.

Translation:

I live in quite a small village in the south of Chile. It's very quiet and there's nothing for young people. My parents think it's a charming place, but I think it's boring.

Question

Now listen to Nieves. Complete the sentences using the correct words from the list below.

hates

rubbish

centre

shops

outskirts

loves

traffic

restaurants

  1. Nieves lives on the _____________ of a city and she _______________ living there.
  2. She complains about the ______________ and the _______________.
  1. Nieves lives on the outskirts of a city and she loves living there.
  2. She complains about the traffic and the rubbish.

Transcript:

Vivimos en las afueras de una ciudad muy grande y moderna. Me encanta vivir aquí porque hay muchos restaurantes y tiendas, pero la calle es muy ruidosa porque hay mucho tráfico. También hay mucha basura.

Translation:

We live on the outskirts of a very big and modern city. I love living here because there are many restaurants and shops, but the street where I live is very noisy because there is a lot of traffic. Also, there is a lot of rubbish.