Sunday, 22 September 2013

Is The Shopping Mall Near?

Introduction


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





SCENARIO


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

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


OUR TIP

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

Now you should practise answering the question:

¿Queda cerca el centro comercial?

*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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