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

4.3 Actividad

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).
(yo)voy(nosotros, -as)vamos
(tú)vas(vosotros, -as)vais
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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Transcript: Where are you going?

Pista 42
Listen to where people are travelling to from Valencia airport.
Escuche a dónde van estas personas.
Airport PA system:
Ding Dong Ding
“Por su propio interes rogamos mantengan su pertencias controladas en todo momento”. “Please do not leave baggage unattended”
Vox pop Woman:
¿A dónde va?
Vox pop Man
A Sevilla
Vox pop Woman:
Bueno, ¡buen viaje!
¿A dónde va a viajar Señora?
Vox pop Woman:
Palma de Mallorca
Vox pop Woman:
¿A dónde van?
Vox pop Man:
Vox pop Woman:
¿A dónde viajas?
Vox pop Man:
A Palma de Mallorca
Vox pop Woman:
¡Muy buen viaje!


Vox pop Woman 1:
¿A dónde viajas?
Vox pop Woman 2:
Voy a Barcelona
Vox pop Woman 1:
Buen viaje
Vox pop Woman 2:
Vox pop Woman 2:
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  • (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.


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


  • (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.


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