Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Is The Bus Stop Far Away?

Introduction


This post deals with indicating how near/ far the bus stop is in Spanish, and the distance from where you are to the bus stop.





SCENARIO



Imagine you are with a relative, a friend, a work colleague or even a complete stranger who is looking for a bus stop and asks you: "is the bus stop far away?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to say:
¿Queda lejos la parada de autobús?



OUR TIP

The question is an invitation for you to say how far away the bus stop is. A yes/no answer may be strictly sufficient. However, with little effort, your answer could be a lot more informative.


Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • La parada de autobús queda lejos (the bus stop is far away)
  • La parada de autobús queda bastante lejos (the bus stop is quite far away)
  • La parada de autobús queda muy lejos (the bus stop is very far away)
  • La parada de autobús queda cerca (the bus stop is near)
  • La parada de autobús queda bastante cerca (the bus stop is quite near)
  • La parada de autobús queda muy cerca (the bus stop is very near)
  • La parada de autobús queda a la vuelta de la esquina (the bus stop is around the corner)
  • La parada de autobús queda al final de la calle a la izquierda (the bus stop is at the end of the street/ road on the left)
  • La parada de autobús queda a dos manzanas (the bus stop is two blocks away)
  • La parada de autobús queda a dos cuadras (the bus stop is two blocks away)
  • La parada de autobús queda a cinco minutos a pie (the bus stop is five minutes away on foot)
  • La parada de autobús no queda lejos (the bus stop is not far away)
  • La parada de autobús queda a doscientos metros* (the bus stop is 200 meters away)
  • La parada de autobús queda a trescientos metros* (the bus stop is 300 meters away)

Now you should practise answering the question:

¿Queda lejos la parada de autobús?

*See some commonly used length in Spanish below

*Spanish Lengths

Some expressions of length/ distance commonly used in Spanish are shown below:

Metros
Kilómetros
cien metros
100m

doscientos metros
200m

trescientos metros
300m

cuatrocientos metros
400m

quinientos metros
500m
1/2km
seiscientos metros
600m

setecientos metros
700m

ochocientos metros
800m

novecientos metros
900m

mil metros/
un kilómetro
1000m
1km


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