Monday, 30 September 2013

Is Your House Near?

Introduction


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





SCENARIO




Imagine you are talking a relative, a friend, a work colleague about your home. Not knowing where you live, the other person asks you: "is your home near?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Queda cerca tu casa?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:

¿Queda cerca su casa?


OUR TIP

The question is an invitation for you to say how far away your house 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:
  • Mi casa queda lejos (my house is far away)
  • Mi casa queda bastante lejos (my house is quite far away)
  • Mi casa queda muy lejos (my house is very far away)
  • Mi casa queda cerca (my house is near)
  • Mi casa queda bastante cerca (my house is quite near)
  • Mi casa queda muy cerca (my house is very near)
  • Mi casa queda a la vuelta de la esquina (my house is around the corner)
  • Mi casa queda al final de la calle (my house is at the end of the street/ road)
  • Mi casa queda a dos manzanas (my house is two blocks away)
  • Mi casa queda a dos cuadras (my house is two blocks away)
  • Mi casa queda a cinco minutos a pie (my house is five minutes away on foot)
  • Mi casa queda en el centro (my house is in the town centre/ downtown)
  • Mi casa no queda cerca (my house is not near)
  • Mi casa queda a doscientos metros* (my house is 200 meters away)
  • Mi casa queda a trescientos metros* (my house is 300 meters away)
  • Mi casa queda a dos kilómetros* (my house is 2 kilometres away)

Now you should practise answering the question:

¿Queda cerca tu casa?

*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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