Wednesday, 20 May 2015

What Is Your Neighbourhood Like?


This post is about the use of describing places in general, and more specifically describing your own neighbourhood.


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague about the place where you come from. The other person wants to knows a little more about where you live and says: “what is your neighbourhood like?

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Cómo es tu barrio?*

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Cómo es su barrio?*


Answering that question should be quite straightforward. You should NOT need to consider more formal or less formal replies. Just say something about your neighbourhood

Perhaps you want to mention:
  • Its name.
  • Its location.
  • Its size (big/ small/ its population).
  • Its history/ anything the town is known for.
  • Any features (old church/ historic sites/ etc.)
  • Whether it is clean/ dirty, noisy/ quiet, etc..

Here are some examples of what you could say about your neighbourhood:
  • El barrio de Triana es mi barrio (Triana is my neighbourhood).
  • Triana es un barrio de Sevilla (Triana is a neighbourhood in Seville).
  • Mi barrio es un barrio muy típico (my neighbourhood is a very typical neighbourhood).
  • Mi barrio es un barrio muy popular (my neighbourhood is a very popular neighbourhood).
  • Mi barrio tiene unos cincuenta mil habitantes (my neighbourhood has some 50,000 inhabitants).
  • Mi barrio es muy antiguo (my neighbourhood is very old).
  • Mi barrio es famoso por sus fiestas (my neighbourhood is famous for its 'fiestas').
  • Mi barrio tiene una iglesia del siglo XIII (my neighbourhood has a thirteenth century church).
  • Mi barrio es muy limpio (my neighbourhood is very clean).
  • Mi barrio es muy tranquilo (my neighbourhood is very quiet).
  • Mi barrio es muy alegre y bullicioso (literally: my neighbourhood is very 'happy and noisy'- my neighbourhood has a cheerful bustling/ bubbly/ lively atmosphere).
  • En mi barrio hay un supermercado, un banco y una farmacia (there is a supermarket, a bank and a chemist in my neighbourhood).


A similar question could be used in the slightly different scenario in which the subject of conversation is the town in which you live. See a post dealing describing your town.

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Cómo es tu barrio?

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