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Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Spanish Season 1, Lesson 16 - Asking directions. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and understand basic directions in Spanish.
Becky: Here’s the way to ask “Where is the station?” in Spanish.
Laura: [Normal] ¿En dónde está la estación?
Becky: First is a word meaning “in”
Laura: [Normal] en [Slow] en
Becky: Next is the word meaning “where”
Laura: [Normal] dónde [Slow] dónde
Becky: Next is the word meaning “is”
Laura: [Normal] está [Slow] está
Becky: Next is the word meaning “the”
Laura: [Normal] la [Slow] la
Becky: Last is the word meaning “station”
Laura: [Normal] estación [Slow] estación
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning “Where is the station?”
Laura: [Slow] ¿En dónde está la estación? [Normal] ¿En dónde está la estación?
Becky: Here’s a response meaning “Go straight.”
Laura: [Normal] Ve derecho.
Becky: First is a word meaning “go”
Laura: [Normal] ve [Slow] ve
Becky: Last is the word meaning “straight”
Laura: [Normal] derecho [Slow] derecho
Becky: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning “Go straight.”
Laura: [Slow] Ve derecho. [Normal] Ve derecho.
Becky: Here’s a response meaning “Turn right.”
Laura: [Normal] Gira a la derecha.
Becky: First is a word meaning “turn”
Laura: [Normal] gira [Slow] gira
Becky: Next is the word meaning “to”
Laura: [Normal] a [Slow] a
Becky: Next is the word meaning “the”
Laura: [Normal] la [Slow] la
Becky: Last is the word meaning “right”
Laura: [Normal] derecha [Slow] derecha
Becky: Listen again to the response, “Turn right.”
Laura: [Slow] Gira a la derecha. [Normal] Gira a la derecha.
Becky: Here’s a response meaning, “Turn left.”
Laura: [Normal] Gira a la izquierda.
Becky: First is a word meaning “turn”
Laura: [Normal] gira [Slow] gira
Becky: Next is the word meaning “to”
Laura: [Normal] a [Slow] a
Becky: Next is the word meaning “the”
Laura: [Normal] la [Slow] la
Becky: Last is the word meaning “left”
Laura: [Normal] izquierda [Slow] izquierda
Becky: Listen again to the response, “Turn left.”
Laura: [Slow] Gira a la izquierda. [Normal] Gira a la izquierda.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it’s time for a quick cultural insight.
Laura: It is always useful to know how to ask for basic directions, but nowadays, you can easily use your smartphone or your GPS to find any place you are interested in.
Becky: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Laura: Hasta pronto.

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Do you know any other phrases you can use to give directions? Write them in the comments!

SpanishPod101.com
Sunday at 1:41 am
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Hola Lynn,


Thank you for your comment.

You can also use "anda derecho"

Sigamos practicando!


Saludos,

Carla

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Lynn
Wednesday at 2:03 am
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Hola,


I was confused by the word "ve". After some searching, I found that it is the imperative conjugation. It would probably be good to include that in the chart. It does seem a little early in the lessons to introduce that. Would it be proper to use the say "va derecho"?


Gracias

SpanishPod101.comVerified
Tuesday at 10:11 am
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Hola Goo,


Thank you for your question.

No, you can also say ¿dónde está la estación?

Sigamos practicando!


Saludos,

Carla

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goo
Saturday at 2:11 am
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¿En dónde está la estación? in this lesson you have En is it necessary?