Free Sample: Replacement Drill

If you are a beginner, you will probably find yourself thinking that these people are speaking very rapidly. Well, in the real world this is the way people speak! You must be exposed to natural speech from the very beginning or you will never achieve a conversational level of proficiency. It will probably not surprise you to learn that the more you practice, the easier it is to understand the speakers! So don’t be afraid to repeat the drill at least several times.

Use the audio player below to start the exercise


  1. First practice with the written transcript.
  2. Next practice without the transcript.
  3. Be sure to speak out loud, at normal conversational volume.

Sample Exercise

Replacement drills. Replace the given word or phrase for a similar word or phrase. Each answer builds upon the previous answer.

¿Cómo está usted?

la señora
¿Cómo está la señora?

¿Cómo está el señor?

¿Dónde está el señor?

¿Dónde está la señorita?

¿Cómo está la señorita?

el Sr. White
¿Cómo está el Sr. White?

¿Dónde está el Sr. White?

Keep in mind that this is just a demonstration. These exercises are combined with dialogs and narratives to form a complete course that will have you communicating effectively in about 4 months.

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