Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Is The Coast Far Away?

Introduction


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





SCENARIO



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

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



OUR TIP

The question is an invitation for you to say how far away the coast 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 costa queda lejos (the coast is far away)
  • La costa queda bastante lejos (the coast is quite far away)
  • La costa queda muy lejos (the coast is very far away)
  • La costa queda cerca (the coast is near)
  • La costa queda bastante cerca (the coast is quite near)
  • La costa queda muy cerca (the coast is very near)
  • La costa no queda lejos (the coast is not far away)
  • La costa queda a tres kilómetros* (the coast is 3 kilometres away)
  • La costa queda a veinte kilómetros* (the coast is 20 kilometres away)
  • La costa queda a doscientos kilómetros* (the coast is 200 kilometres away)

Now you should practise answering the question:

¿Queda lejos la costa?

*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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