Monday, 8 July 2013

Is The Railway Station Far Away

Introduction


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





SCENARIO



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

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



OUR TIP

The question is an invitation for you to say how far away the railway station 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 estación queda lejos (the railway station is far away)
  • La estación queda bastante lejos (the railway station is quite far away)
  • La estación queda muy lejos (the railway station is very far away)
  • La estación queda cerca (the railway station is near)
  • La estación queda bastante cerca (the railway station is quite near)
  • La estación queda muy cerca (the railway station is very near)
  • La estación queda a la vuelta de la esquina (the railway station is around the corner)
  • La estación queda al final de la calle a la izquierda (the railway station is at the end of the street/ road on the left)
  • La estación queda a dos manzanas (the railway station is two blocks away)
  • La estación queda a dos cuadras (the railway station is two blocks away)
  • La estación queda a cinco minutos a pie (the railway station is five minutes away on foot)
  • La estación queda en el centro (the railway station is the town centre/ downtown)
  • La estación no queda lejos (the railway station is not far away)
  • La estación queda a doscientos metros* (the railway station is 200 meters away)
  • La estación queda a trescientos metros* (the railway station is 300 meters away)
  • La estación queda a dos kilómetros* (the railway station is 2 kilometres away)


Now you should practise answering the question:

¿Queda lejos la estación?

*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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