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  • Asking for directions in Spanish

    This page is split in 4 scraps:

    • Vocabulary for directions in Spanish
    • Phrases for asking for directions
    • Phrases for giving directions
    • Example dialogues

     Let's see.

    Spanish words for directions

    How to say "on the east", "on the south", etc. - al este, al sur, al oeste, al norte

    Spanish English
    en el principio at the beginning
    al final at the end
    la excusa excuse
    el pueblo village
    la pregunta question
    la frontera border
    el puerto harbor
    detrás behind
    la intersección intersection
    el país country
    los países  countries
    izquierda left
    el mercado market
    al lado de next to
    el norte north
    el este east
    la plaza square
    derecha right
    la ciudad city
    el barrio neighborhood
    el centro de la ciudad city center
    el mapa de la ciudad city map
    la calle street
    el sur south
    en frente de in front of
    el oeste west

     

    How to ask for directions in Spanish

    Podría is the polite form of the infinitive poder (to be able to). 

    Spanish English
    ¿Cómo puedo ir a....? How do I get to...?
    ¿Sabe dónde puedo encontrar...? Do you know where I can find...?
    ¿Podría decirme dónde puedo encontrar...? Could you please tell me where I can find...?
    ¿Podría preguntarle algo? May I ask you something?
    ¡Perdone, lo siento! Excuse me, please!
    ¡Gracias! Thank you!

     

    How to give directions

    The verbs seguir (to continue), girar (to turn) and cruzar (to cross) are given in the polite imperative form. 

    Spanish English
    Siga todo recto. Go straight.
    Gire a la izquierda. Turn on the left.
    Gire a la derecha. Turn on the right.
    Cruce la calle. Cross the street.
    Cruce de nuevo.  Cross again. 
    Ya estará allí.  You´ll be there.

     

    Giving directions in Spanish example

    Dialogue 1

    Kristina: ¿Cómo puedo ir al centro de la ciudad? How do I get to the city center?

    Fransisco: Cruce la calle, gire a la derecha, cruce de nuevo, gire a la izquierda y ya estará allí. Cross the street, turn on the right, cross again, turn on the left and you´ll be there. 

    Kristina: ¡Gracias! Thank you!

    Dialogue 2

    Anna: ¿Cómo puedo ir a este barrio? How do I get to this neighnorhood?

    Martin: Siga todo recto, gire a la izquerda, cruce la calle y ya estará allí. Go straight, turn on the left, cross the street and you´ll be there.

    Anna: ¡Gracias! Thank you!

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    Exercises

    Directions in Spanish vocabulary exercise

    Giving directions in Spanish practice