La Puerta del Sol - Madrid
This exercise consists
of tracing on a map the directions given to a tourist on an audio file.
The map depicts an actual part of old downtown Madrid known as Sol.
This exercise uses
expressions to indicate location (i.e., "to the right", "to
the left", "straight ahead", etc.) and imperative forms
(commands) for the formal second person (usted) of verbs commonly
used when giving directions: "to turn", "to keep/continue",
"to go down/up", etc.
There is also some minimal vocabulary that you may not know, but most
of it should be easily inferred from the context. There is one phrase
with which you may have difficulties: "boca (mouth) de Metro",
translates as "subway entrance".
on the maps indicates the Metro entrances.
Select a version of the exercise
You can do this exercise in several ways. The audio files play a native
speaker from Madrid.:
a) Print a map before
listening to the audio to draw your own directions and then check your
b) Listen to the audio and determine which map of the ones provided
corresponds to the indications given in the audio file to the lost tourist.
c) Do a listening
comprehension exercise by filling the blanks of the transcribed directions.
If you want to draw your own directions, select:
If you want to choose from a series of maps, select:
If you want to do the fill-in-the-blank exercise, select: Listening