Sunday, 28 July 2013

Is The Cathedral Near?

Introduction


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





SCENARIO



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

In Spanish, the other person could choose to say:
¿Queda cerca la catedral?



OUR TIP

The question is an invitation for you to say how far away the cathedral 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 catedral queda lejos (the cathedral is far away)
  • La catedral queda bastante lejos (the cathedral is quite far away)
  • La catedral queda muy lejos (the cathedral is very far away)
  • La catedral queda cerca (the cathedral is near)
  • La catedral queda bastante cerca (the cathedral is quite near)
  • La catedral queda muy cerca (the cathedral is very near)
  • La catedral queda a la vuelta de la esquina (the cathedral is around the corner)
  • La catedral queda al final de la calle a la izquierda (the cathedral is at the end of the street/ road on the left)
  • La catedral queda a dos manzanas (the cathedral is two blocks away)
  • La catedral queda a dos cuadras (the cathedral is two blocks away)
  • La catedral queda a cinco minutos a pie (the cathedral is five minutes away on foot)
  • La catedral queda en el centro (the cathedral is in the town centre/ downtown)
  • La catedral no queda cerca (the cathedral is not near)
  • La catedral queda a doscientos metros* (the cathedral is 200 meters away)
  • La catedral queda a trescientos metros* (the cathedral is 300 meters away)


Now you should practise answering the question:

¿Queda cerca la catedral?

*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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