Tuesday, 20 December 2011

What Is Your Town Like?


This post deals with describing a town/ a place.


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague. You start talking about the town where you come from. The other person knows nothing about it and says to you: what is your home town like. 

The other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Cómo es tu pueblo?*

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Cómo es su pueblo?*


Answering that question should be quite straight forward. You should NOT need to consider more formal or less formal replies. Just say something about your town.

Perhaps you want to mention:
  • Its name.
  • Its location.
  • Its size (big/ small/ its population).
  • Its history/ anything the town is known for.
  • Any features (old church/ historic sites/  etc.)
  • Whether it is clean/ dirty, noisy/ quite, etc..

Here are some examples of what you could say about your town:
  • Mi pueblo se llama Escairón (my town is Escairón).
  • Escairón es un pueblo de Galicia (Escairón is a town in Galicia, Spain). 
  • Mi pueblo es bastante grande (my town is quite big).
  • Escairón es muy pequeño (Escairón is very small).
  • Escairón tiene unos mil habitantes (my town has about 1000 inhabitants).
  • Mi pueblo es muy antiguo (my town is very old).
  • Mi pueblo es famoso por sus fiestas (my town is famous for its 'fiestas').
  • Mi pueblo tiene una iglesia románica (my town has a Romanesque church).
  • Mi pueblo tiene una playa muy limpia y bonita (my town has a very clean and picturesque beach).
  • Mi pueblo es moderno y muy limpio (my town is modern and very clean).
  • Mi pueblo es muy tranquilo (my town is a very quiet).
  • Mi pueblo es muy alegre y bullicioso (literally: my town is very 'happy and noisy'- my town has a cheerful bustling/ bubbly/ lively atmosphere).
  • En mi pueblo hay un supermercado, un banco y una farmacia (there is a supermarket, a bank and a chemist in my town).

A similar question could be used in the slightly different scenario in which the subject of conversation is the neighbourhood in which you live. See a post dealing describing your neighbourhood -barrio.

See further practical examples of describing people and places.

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Cómo es tu pueblo?

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