Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Is The Harbour Far Away?

Introduction


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





SCENARIO



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

In Spanish, the other person could choose to say:
¿Queda lejos el puerto?



OUR TIP

The question is an invitation for you to say how far away the harbour 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 puerto queda lejos (the harbour is far away)
  • El puerto queda bastante lejos (the harbour is quite far away)
  • El puerto queda muy lejos (the harbour is very far away)
  • El puerto queda cerca (the harbour is near)
  • El puerto queda bastante cerca (the harbour is quite near)
  • El puerto queda muy cerca (the harbour is very near)
  • El puerto queda al final de la calle (the harbour is at the end of the street/ road)
  • El puerto queda a cinco minutos a pie (the harbour is five minutes away on foot)
  • El puerto no queda lejos (the harbour is not far away)
  • El puerto queda a doscientos metros* (the harbour is 200 meters away)
  • El puerto queda a trescientos metros* (the harbour is 300 meters away)
  • El puerto queda a dos kilómetros* (the harbour is 2 kilometres away)

Now you should practise answering the question:

¿Queda lejos el puerto?

*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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