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

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Beginners’ Spanish: Getting around

7.1 Actividad

Actividad 7.1


cargar here, to charge
consultar here, to check
saldo (el) bank balance
cambiar to change (money)
cuenta corriente (la) current account
sello (el) stamp
comprar to buy

1 Here is a ‘to do’ list. Note the things from the list that you think you could do in a bank in Spain.

Escoja la opcion correcta.

(a) sacar dinero
(b) sacar entradas de teatro
(c) cargar el teléfono móvil
(d) mandar un correo electrónico
(e) consultar el saldo de la cuenta corriente
(f) comprar tarjetas de autobús y metro
(g) comprar sellos
(h) cambiar dinero

2 Match the verbs in the column on the left with the corresponding phrases in the column on the right. For example, (a) sacar in the left hand column corresponds with dinero in the right.

Enlace las columnas.

(a) sacar (i) un correo electrónico
(b) cargar (ii) el saldo de la cuenta corriente
(c) consultar (iii) dinero
(d) comprar (iv) el teléfono móvil
(e) sacar (v) una tarjeta de metro y bus
(f) mandar (vi) entradas de teatro

3 Now listen to somebody asking for different things in a bank. Write each action under the appropriate counter below. It may be easier if you pause after each dialogue.

Escuche y escriba.


  1. Things you can do in a bank: (a), (b) (some banks in Barcelona sell these), (c), (e), (f) (some banks in Barcelona sell these), (h).

    Things you don't usually do in a bank: (d), (g) (you can buy stamps at an estanco, a government-licensed tobacconist’ s and newsagent's).

  2. (b)  – (iv), (c) – (ii), (d) – (v), (e) – (vi) (comprar can be used with entradas, but is less common), (f) – (i).

  3. 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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