Beginners’ Spanish: Getting around
Beginners’ Spanish: Getting around

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7.1 Actividad

cargarhere, to charge
consultarhere, to check
saldo (el)bank balance
cambiarto change (money)
cuenta corriente (la)current account
sello (el)stamp
comprarto buy

Actividad 7.1

Part 1

Here is a ‘to do’ list. Which things do you think you could do in a bank in Spain?

Escoja la opcion correcta.


sacar dinero


sacar entradas de teatro


cargar el teléfono móvil


mandar un correo electrónico


consultar el saldo de la cuenta corriente


comprar tarjetas de autobús y metro


comprar sellos


cambiar dinero

The correct answers are a, b, c, e, f and h.


Some notes:

sacar entradas de teatro, comprar tarjetas de autobús y metro – some banks in Barcelona sell these.

Things you don't usually do in a bank:

mandar un correo electrónico, comprar sellos – you can buy stamps at an estanco, a government-licensed tobacconist and newsagents.

Part 2

Match the following verbs with the corresponding phrases.


Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.

  1. cargar

  2. consultar

  3. comprar

  4. sacar

  5. mandar

  • a.el teléfono móvil

  • b.el saldo de la cuenta corriente

  • c.una tarjeta de metro y bus

  • d.un correo electrónico

  • e.entradas de teatro

The correct answers are:
  • 1 = a
  • 2 = b
  • 3 = c
  • 4 = e
  • 5 = d


comprar can also be used with entradas, but is less common.

Part 3

Now listen to somebody asking for different things in a bank. What are they trying to do, and where are they directed? Make notes below. It may be easier if you pause after each dialogue.

Escuche y escriba.

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Ventanilla 1: cambiar dinero, cambiar euros.

Ventanilla 3: sacar entradas de teatro.

Cajero automático: cargar el (teléfono) móvil, sacar dinero con tarjeta de crédito.

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