Saturday, 17 August 2013

Is The Swimming Pool Far Away?

Introduction


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





SCENARIO



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

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



OUR TIP

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

Now you should practise answering the question:

¿Queda lejos la piscina?

*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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