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Beginners’ Spanish: Getting around
Beginners’ Spanish: Getting around

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4.3 Actividad

SAYING WHERE YOU ARE GOING
To say where someone is going, use the verb ir ( ‘to go’ ) followed by the preposition a ( ‘to’).
Note that the verb ir is irregular (i.e. it does not follow a regular pattern).
IR
(yo)voy(nosotros, -as)vamos
(tú)vas(vosotros, -as)vais
(él/ella/usted)va(ellos/ellas/ustedes)van
Voy a la oficina. (yo)
¿Adónde vas ? (tú)
Juan va al bar. (él)
¿Adónde vamos ? (nosotros)
If you are going somewhere relatively far away, like another city or country, you can also use the verb viajar ( ‘to travel’):
¿Adónde viajas? Viajo a Madrid.

Actividad 4.3

Part 1

Now Patricio is at the airport picking up his colleague. Listen to the audio clip below and note down where the other people interviewed are going.

Escuche y escriba.

  • Ejemplo

  • (a)  Sevilla.

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Answer

  • (a) Sevilla
  • (b) Palma de Mallorca
  • (c) Madrid
  • (d) Palma de Mallorca
  • (e) Barcelona

Part 2

Nobody is working in the office today. Fill in the blanks with the correct form of ir a. You may have to contract the preposition a with the article el to give al.

Complete las frases.

  • (a) (yo) __________ el cibercafé, a mandar un correo electrónico.

  • (b) María y Cristina __________ el restaurante con un cliente.

  • (c) Raquel, Miguel y yo __________ el hospital a visitar a un amigo.

  • (d) Olga, Antonio y tú __________ Correos a buscar unos paquetes.

  • (e) Inma __________ el parque con su hija.

  • (f) Concha y Pedro __________ el aeropuerto a buscar a un colega.

Vocabulario
mandarto send
correo electrónico (el)e-mail
buscarto look for, to pick up

Answer

  • (a) (yo) Voy al cibercafé, a mandar un correo electrónico.

  • (b) María y Cristina van al restaurante con un cliente.

  • (c) Raquel, Miguel y yo vamos al hospital a visitar a un amigo.

  • (d) Olga, Antonio y tú vais a / van a Correos a buscar unos paquetes. (Note that the vosotros form (e.g. vais) is not used in Latin America, where ustedes is preferred.)

  • (e) Inma va al parque con su hija.

  • (f) Concha y Pedro van al aeropuerto a buscar a un colega.