Thursday, 26 September 2013

Is The Travel Agency Far Away?

Introduction


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





SCENARIO



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

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


OUR TIP

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

Now you should practise answering the question:

¿Queda lejos la agencia de viajes?

*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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