Los Novios 1: Susana y Alfredo

Spanish online reading and listening practice - level B1/B2

This reading and listening exercise can help you practise the subjunctive. It is suitable for level B1 Spanish students, though it contains some B2 grammar points.

Exercise: Los Novios 1 - Susana y Alfredo

The bilingual reader article below was written and recorded by Kwiziq's Spanish expert, the ever-wonderful Inma Sánchez. Click play to listen to the article. You can read the transcript at the same time or after. Click any phrase for the translation and links to related grammar lessons which you can add to your Kwiziq notebook to practise later. How did you find this exercise? Leave a comment below - we love getting your feedback!

Q&A relating to this exercise 2 questions, 7 answers

DavidC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

I really appreciate the clarity

It is indeed a great bonus that Inma speaks so clearly - Many thanks ! … Even after living in Spain for nearly 20 years, it is still often a struggle for me to understand people when they speak, particularly here in Andalusia... I suppose that means that you should be providing me with listening exercises [with a transcript] which feature 'rapid' conversation?

Asked 3 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola David, 

gracias por tu comentario, funnily enough I am originally from Seville!! I am not surprised after 20 years in Andalucía you still struggle sometimes to understand all they are saying, dropping  the s everywhere,  and everyone chatting at the same time! It is a tough skill... 

We are actually thinking about introducing some new listening exercises and readers narrated by people from different areas, probably for C1 level as it gets quite tricky. 

There are also some challenging videos in the library, have you tried this reading and listening exercise with comedian Eva Hache? 

Los zumos -Eva Hache

Saludos,

Inma

DavidC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Yes, I have just listened to that piece by Eva Hache, and it was certainly quite a challenge. I'll try it again in the near future... [Regarding "dropping the 's'" my Spanish neighbours laugh at me when I wish them "Buenos días", while pronouncing the 's' clearly in both words].

InmaKwiziq team member

Yes, I guess they think you are "muy fino"... :))

ClaraC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

This made me smile David. :)) I had the very same experience whilst living in the Canary Islands, over 20 years ago now. I would do my very best to speak the clearest and most well pronounced Spanish and my Canarian friends & colleagues would laugh at me! 

By the way, I really enjoy your informative historical additions to the forum. Really interesting.

Saludos

Clara 

DavidC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thank you Clara … During retirement, I've found the time to dabble in History - which is really only a hobby, but it has included writing the odd article in Spanish (mostly just for local consumption, it is true). Some of them have been uploaded to my http://www.dlmcn.com/page2s.html#beg … [All comments and criticisms will be well received !]

Cheers,

David Mc

ClaraC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

I will certainly have a look David and will no doubt enjoy.

Stay well 

Clara

I really appreciate the clarity

It is indeed a great bonus that Inma speaks so clearly - Many thanks ! … Even after living in Spain for nearly 20 years, it is still often a struggle for me to understand people when they speak, particularly here in Andalusia... I suppose that means that you should be providing me with listening exercises [with a transcript] which feature 'rapid' conversation?

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JohnB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

My first time doing this type of exercise

I find the interactive options on this exercise brilliant. Listening, clicking on phrases, getting a translation all work seamlessly. Also the narrative is straight forward, relevant and a great introduction (for me) to the subjunctive. The Lawless method is really good. Being able to click into explanatory teaching materials straight from the phrases is so helpful. It makes learning easy. Thanks!

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola John

That's great to know! Thank you very much for letting us know. We try a variety of exercises to please all kind of students. I also think this format is good as it is normally focused on a specific grammatical point that can be studied or revised by clicking on the links to the lessons straight from the text, plus listening to the audio.

Un saludo cordial

Inma

My first time doing this type of exercise

I find the interactive options on this exercise brilliant. Listening, clicking on phrases, getting a translation all work seamlessly. Also the narrative is straight forward, relevant and a great introduction (for me) to the subjunctive. The Lawless method is really good. Being able to click into explanatory teaching materials straight from the phrases is so helpful. It makes learning easy. Thanks!

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