Monday, 25 May 2015

Is The Town Hall Near?

Introduction


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





SCENARIO


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

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


OUR TIP

The question is an invitation for you to say how far away the town hall 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 ayuntamiento queda a doscientos metros* (the town hall is 200 meters away)
  • El ayuntamiento queda a trescientos metros* (the town hall is 300 meters away)
  • El ayuntamiento queda a quinientos metros* (the town hall is 500 meters away)
  • El ayuntamiento queda a más de un kilómetro* (the town hall is more than one kilometre away)
  • El ayuntamiento queda lejos (the town hall is far away)
  • El ayuntamiento queda bastante lejos (the town hall is quite far away)
  • El ayuntamiento queda muy lejos (the town hall is very far away)
  • El ayuntamiento queda cerca (the town hall is near)
  • El ayuntamiento queda a la vuelta de la esquina (the town hall is around the corner)
  • El ayuntamiento queda al final de la calle a la izquierda (the town hall is at the end of the street/ road on the left)
  • El ayuntamiento queda a dos manzanas (the town hall is two blocks away)
  • El ayuntamiento queda a dos cuadras (the town hall is two blocks away)
  • El ayuntamiento queda a cinco minutos a pie (the town hall is five minutes away on foot)
  • El ayuntamiento queda en el centro (the town hall is in the town centre/ downtown)
  • El ayuntamiento no queda cerca (the town hall is not near)


Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Queda cerca el ayuntamiento?

*See some commonly used length in Spanish below

*Spanish Lengths

Some expressions of length/ distances 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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