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viernes, 28 de abril de 2017

Asking for location and directions
Review Post: 4/26, 4/27

Yesterday we learned store/shop names. Today we’ll hook those to our “perfect verbhay.

When we’re travelling we often need to ask for directions. It can get complex, however, today we’ll start with some of the highest frequency vocabulary.
As we move through the year, the topic of asking for directions will come up many more times. We’ll add on to today’s Post and become very skilled in this area.

Asking for directions comes up in travel Spanish, but also in social and business Spanish.
Sometimes we don’t “ask” for directions, rather we share information with our friends on neat little shops we’ve discovered.


2 Questions:

¿Hay una panadería cerca de aquí? – Is there a bakery near here?
With this question, you don’t know if there is a bakery around here

¿Dónde está la panadería– Where is the bakery?
In this question, you know there is a bakery around here, but you need further directions


Vocabulario Clave:

¿Hay…? – Is there…? (existence)
¿Dónde está…? – Where is …? (location)

cerca de aquí – near hear
lejos de aquí – far from here.

Está cerca de la Plaza – It’s near the Plaza. (el Zócalo)
No está lejos  – It’s not far.


Está en la calle Santa Fe – It’s on Santa Fe Street.
Está al lado de la Librería – It’s next to the Bookstore.


Está a la derecha – It’s to the right.
Está a la izquierda – It’s to the left. (Phonetics: eees key AIRd dah)


Está arriba, – It’s upstairs
Está abajo – It’s downstairs


Sí, pero está cerrada – Yes, but it’s closed.
Sí, pero no está abierta. – Yes, but it’s not open.


Tip: tackle vocabulary quickly by learning opposites.

cerca / lejos
arriba / abajo
derecha / izquierda
abierto / cerrado

Add a couple more words: al lado de, aquí, calle, and you are on your way to understanding the response to ¿Dónde está?
Keep it simple!







Action steps:
In your journal, take pictures of stores you see around town or on your travels.  Glue and paste them in you notebook. Make it personal!
Then using the vocabulary from today and yesterday, make mini-dialogues.  Follow these models by replacing the words in bold.

Modelo #1:

A. Perdón, ¿Hay una salchichonería cerca de aquí?
B. Sí, está cerca de la Plaza, en la calle Santa Fe.
A. Gracias, muy amable.


Modelo #2:

A. Disculpe, ¿Dónde está la Oficina de Correos?
B. Está a la izquierda, pero está cerrada.
C. Gracias por su ayuda.

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