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

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Beginners’ Spanish: Getting around

7.2 Actividad

In the next activity, you will learn how to give directions.

Use the following verbs to give directions: ir ( ‘to go’ ), tomar ( ‘to take’ ), seguir ( ‘to keep (straight) on’), cruzar ( ‘to cross over’ ) and girar ( ‘to turn’ ).
Vaya hasta el final de la calle. (Go to the end of the street.)
Tome la primera a la derecha. (Take the first on the right.)
Siga todo recto. (Keep straight on.)
Cruce la calle. (Cross the street.)
Gire a la izquierda. (Turn left.)
Use ordinal numbers (primera, segunda, tercera, etc.) to indicate which street to take.
la primera calle a la derecha
la segundacalle a la derecha
la tercera calle a la izquierda
To show whereabouts a building is in a street, you can talk about ‘blocks’: in Spain, the word for this is manzana and in Latin America, cuadra.
• La Pedrera está en la tercera manzana.
• El Cabildo está a dos cuadras.

Actividad 7.2

Part 1

Using the map, direct someone to the bank by putting the following sentences in the correct order from 1–5.

Ponga las frases en orden.

Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.

  1. siga todo recto

  2. vaya hasta el final de la calle

  3. gire a la izquierda

  4. después, tome la primera a la derecha

  5. cruce la calle, y está allí

  • a.1

  • b.3

  • c.4

  • d.2

  • e.5

The correct answers are:
  • 1 = a
  • 2 = d
  • 3 = b
  • 4 = c
  • 5 = e

Part 2

Let's find a bank in Barcelona. Look at where you are on the map in relation to where the bank is. You are in Calle Fontanella, in front of the Telefónica building facing the Plaza Catalunya. Complete the sentences with the appropriate verbs.

Complete las frases.

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  • – ¿Hay un banco por aquí?

  • – Sí. Hay uno muy cerca. Vaya todo recto. Después (a) __________ la segunda calle a la izquierda, se llama las Ramblas. (b) __________ todo recto, (c) __________ la segunda a la izquierda y hay uno allí.

  • – ¡Muchas gracias!

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(a) tome

(b) siga

(c) tome


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