Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Is The Museum Near?


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


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

In Spanish, the other person could choose to say:
¿Queda cerca el museo?


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

Now you should practise answering the question:

¿Queda cerca el museo?

*See some commonly used length in Spanish below

*Spanish Lengths

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

cien metros

doscientos metros

trescientos metros

cuatrocientos metros

quinientos metros
seiscientos metros

setecientos metros

ochocientos metros

novecientos metros

mil metros/
un kilómetro

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