Listening practice - Foundation

Teenage boy with basketball messaging on his mobile phone on basketball court

When talking about sporting activities in the past, present and future, it's a good idea to listen out for key phrases that will help to identify the time frame. Here are some useful examples.

ayeryesterday
hoytoday
mañanatomorrow
ahoranow
el año que viene/el año próximonext year
la semana que viene/la semana próximanext week
en el pasadoin the past
cuando era jovenwhen I was young
en el futuroin the future
hace un mes/dos mesesa month/two months ago

Listen to Nico talk about his sporting experiences.

Question

Which of the following statements are true? Choose the four correct answers.

AHe played a lot of sport when he was younger.
BHe plays sport regularly now.
CHe plays basketball every day.
DHe will play football after school tomorrow.
EHe used to play football in the park when he was younger.
FHe doesn't think exercise is important.
GHe is going to play basketball tomorrow.
HHe did athletics at school yesterday.
IHe hates doing sport at school.

The correct statements are B, E, G and H.

B is correct because Nico says hoy en día intento hacer deporte regularmente (these days I try to do sport regularly).

E is correct because he says cuando era joven, solamente jugaba al fútbol en el parque (when I was younger, I only used to play football in the park).

G is correct because he says mañana voy a jugar al baloncesto (I am going to play basketball tomorrow).

H is correct because he says ayer hice atletismo en el colegio (yesterday I did athletics at school).

Transcript:

Pues, tengo que admitir que en el pasado no era una persona muy activa, pero hoy en día intento hacer deporte regularmente. Cuando era joven, solamente jugaba al fútbol en el parque con mis amigos y nada más. Ahora entiendo que el ejercicio es muy importante así que mañana voy a jugar al baloncesto. Ayer hice atletismo en el colegio.

Translation:

Well, I have to admit that in the past I wasn't a very active person, but these days I try to do sport regularly. When I was younger, I only used to play football in the park with my friends and nothing else. Now I understand that exercise is very important, so tomorrow I am going to play basketball. Yesterday I did athletics at school.