Listening practice - Foundation

Family relationships can sometimes be problematic. Brotherly and sisterly love is not always plain sailing! Here are some useful verbs:

aguantarto put up with
aconsejarto advise
discutirto discuss/argue
enfadarseto get angry
fastidiarto annoy/bother
insultarto insult
llorarto cry
llevarse bien/mal conto get on well/badly with
molestarto bother/annoy
pelear(se)to fight
perdonarto forgive
arrepentirseto be sorry

Alberto is talking about his family relationships.

Question

Choose the correct answer for each question.

Alberto's brother is...

Atwo years older
Btwo years younger
Ctwo years old
Dtwelve years old
Atwo years older
Btwo years younger
Ctwo years old
Dtwelve years old

A. The key word to listen out for is mayor which means older. Alberto also says Tiene dos años más que yo (He is two years older than me). Be careful not to confuse dos (two) with doce (twelve).

Question

What sort of person is Alberto?

Acheerful
Btolerant
Cspoiled
Dangry
Acheerful
Btolerant
Cspoiled
Dangry

B. Alberto says Siempre he sido una persona muy tolerante (I have always been a very tolerant person). The word alegre (cheerful) does not appear and the word mimado (spoiled) is used later to describe Alberto's brother.

Question

What does Alberto's brother do every day?

Ainsults him
Bmakes fun of him
Clistens to music
Dshouts at him
Ainsults him
Bmakes fun of him
Clistens to music
Dshouts at him

A. Alberto says me insulta todos los días (he insults me every day). He also says Nunca me escucha (He never listens to me).

Question

What sort of person is Alberto's brother?

Apolite
Btolerant
Cclever
Dselfish
Apolite
Btolerant
Cclever
Dselfish

D. Alberto says that his brother is egoísta (selfish). He says that he is maleducado but this means rude and is nothing to do with education or being clever. Be careful as the word for polite is educado. Alberto describes himself as tolerante (tolerant) earlier in the text.

Question

What else does Alberto say about his relationship with his brother?

Athey get on well
Bthey have nothing in common
Cthey like the same things
Dthey share a bedroom
Athey get on well
Bthey have nothing in common
Cthey like the same things
Dthey share a bedroom

B. Alberto says no tenemos nada en común (we don't have anything in common).

Transcript:

Tengo 15 años, vivo con mis padres y mi hermano mayor. Tiene dos años más que yo. Siempre he sido una persona muy tolerante pero ahora no puedo aguantar su comportamiento. Está muy mimado y hace lo que quiere. Nunca me escucha y me insulta todos los días. En mi opinión, mi hermano es una persona egoísta y maleducada. Además, nuestros gustos son muy distintos y no tenemos nada en común.

Translation:

I'm 15 years old, I live with my parents and my older brother. He is two years older than me. I have always been a very tolerant person but now I can't put up with his behaviour. He is very spoiled and does what he wants. He never listens to me and insults me every day. In my opinion, my brother is a selfish and rude person. What's more, our tastes are very different and we have nothing in common.