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

8.2 Actividad

In this activity you are going to find out about three hotels situated in the old part of Barcelona and around the Ramblas, one of the main arteries of the city. You will also become familiar with ways of talking about approximate distance to or from a place.

LAS RAMBLAS

The ramblais an urban feature virtually unique to Catalonia, and there is one in most Catalan towns. Originally, the Rambla of Barcelona was a seasonal river bed, the name deriving from an Arabic word for river bank, ramla. Different sections of the Rambla in Barcelona have different names, as one descends from Plaza Catalunya: Rambla de Canaletes, Rambla dels Estudis, Rambla de San Josep, Rambla dels Caputxins and Rambla de Santa Mónica. Hence the plural is often used – Rambles (Catalan) or Ramblas in Spanish and English.

(Adapted from Time Out Barcelona Guide, p. 50, Time Out Group Ltd)

Español de bolsillo

¿Dónde está el hotel Oriente?Where is the Oriente hotel?
A dos pasos del Teatro Liceo.A few yards from the Teatro Liceo. (Literally: Two steps from…)
A cien metros de la Plaza Catalunya.A hundred metres from the Plaza Catalunya.
A cinco minutos del puerto.Five minutes from the harbour.
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Raquel:
Pista 63
Raquel:
Dónde está el hotel Oriente. A dos pasos del Teatro Liceo. A cien metros de la plaza Catalunya. A cinco minutos del puerto.

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Raquel:
Este es el final del compact de actividades uno
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Actividad 8.2

Part 1

Listen to the three advertisements for hotels in Barcelona. Then note the proximity to the city centre, and the exact address of each hotel. The following phrases may help you.

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Raquel:
Pista 51
William
Listen to the following radio adverts for hotels in Barcelona. Pay particular attention to where they are.
Raquel:
Escuche los anuncios de hoteles en Barcelona
Raquel:
a)

BCC36 Bizet- Carmen track 40 La Garde Montante dur: 00.30

Mariluz
Hotel Duques de Bergara. ¡Un hotel con clase! Situado en el corazón de Barcelona. A pocos metros de la Plaza Cataluña. El hotel Duques de Bergara es un edificio modernista de gran calidad. Hotel Duques de Bergara, calle Bergara, número 11, Barcelona.
Raquel:
b)

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Juan Carlos
¿Un hotel antiguo y con encanto? El hotel Oriente, situado en pleno centro, en las famosas Ramblas de Barcelona. Un hotel de toda la vida. El hotel Oriente le espera en la calle Ramblas, número 45-47. Barcelona.
Raquel:
c)

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Cristine
Elegancia del Art Deco y diseño de actualidad, ¡Hotel Rívoli! Cristine A dos pasos de la plaza Cataluña. Un buen hotel para el ocio..., ¡y el negocio!. Hotel Rivoli, la Rambla, 128. Barcelona.
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Escuche y complete.

Proximity to city centre Exact address
Hotel Duques de Bergara
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Hotel Oriente
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Hotel Rívoli
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Vocabulario

afueras (las)outskirts
pueblo (el)village, town

Answer

Proximity to city centreExact address
Hotel Duques de BergaraEn el corazón de Barcelona, a pocos metros de la Plaza CatalunyaCalle Bergara, 11
Hotel OrienteEn pleno centro, en las RamblasCalle Ramblas, 45–47
Hotel RívoliA dos pasos de la Plaza CatalunyaLa Rambla, 128

Part 2

Now listen to the audio clip below and do the exercise.

Escuche y participe.

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Raquel:
Pista 52
William:
Use the following information to give the location of the hotel.
Raquel:
Escuche y diga está el hotel.
Raquel:
Ejemplo
Cristina:
En el corazón de Barcelona.
Fernando:
El hotel está en el corazón de Barcelona.
Raquel:
Ahora Ud...
Raquel:
a)
Cristina:
En pleno centro

<pause>

Fernando:
El hotel está en pleno centro
Raquel:
b)
Cristina:
A pocos metros de la Pza Cataluña.

<pause>

Fernando:
El hotel está a pocos metros de la Pza. Cataluña
Raquel:
c)
Cristina:
A dos pasos de la Plaza Cataluña

<pause>

Fernando:
El hotel está a dos pasos de la Pza. Cataluña
Raquel:
d)
Cristina:
A 10 metros de las Ramblas

<pause>

Fernando:
El hotel está a 10 metros de las Ramblas
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