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Where Can I Find This? in Mexican Spanish
Have you ever been in a city you didn’t know at all, desperately searching for something you couldn’t find? I certainly have! I wandered around without knowing where to find a bus ticket, a phone, or even a restroom! But don’t worry—with our Survival Phrases, you’ll always be able to get the information or the help you need in Mexico.
In this lesson we’ll introduce you to phrases that will help you track down whatever you need.
“Where do I find (blank)?” or “Where is (blank)” in Spanish is
¿En dónde está (blank)?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) ¿En dón-de es-tá (blank)?
¿En dónde está (blank)?
The first word, en dónde, means “where.”
(slow) En dón-de.
En dónde.
Next we have está which means “to be”.
(slow) es-tá.
Then you add the item or place you are looking for.
Altogether, that’s
¿En dónde está (blank)?
Let’s look for some things you might need to find when traveling abroad. Imagine you’re walking around in Cancún, and you need to use the restroom. In this case, all you have to do is to add the item you are searching for after En dónde está. In this case it’s “the restroom”, which in Spanish is el baño.
“Where is the restroom?” in Spanish is
¿En dónde está el baño?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) ¿En dón-de es-tá el ba-ño?
¿En dónde está el baño?
What if you are in a supermarket and you cannot find water? In that case, you can ask:
¿En dónde está el agua? “Where is the water?”
(slow) ¿En dón-de es-tá el a-gua?
¿En dónde está el agua?
With this structure, you can find anything you are looking for.
Now imagine you’re looking for a place, for example: the subway station. “Where is the subway station?” would be ¿En dónde está la estación del metro?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) ¿En dón-de está la es-ta-ción del me-tro?
Again at natural speed:
¿En dónde está la estación del metro?
En dónde está, as you now know, means “where is”.
Next we have la estación del metro, which is translated as “the subway station”
(slow) la es-ta-ción del me-tro.
la estación del metro.
Altogether it’s:
¿En dónde está la estación del metro?
To ask about another place, just replace la estación del metro with the location you are looking for, and people will understand you perfectly. For example, let’s ask “Where is the movie theater?”
¿En dónde está el cine?
(slow) ¿En dón-de es-tá el ci-ne?
¿En dónde está el cine?
El cine means “the movie theater”.
(slow) el ci-ne.
el cine.
This little question will definitely help you to find what you what.
Finally, remember that it’s always better to add the phrase for “excuse me”, disculpe, before the question to make it more polite:
“Excuse me, where is the cinema?”
Disculpe, ¿En dónde esta el cine?
To close out today's lessons, we’d like you to practice what you have just learned. I’ll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You’ll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so !buena suerte! which means “Good luck!” in Spanish.
“Where is (blank)?” - ¿En dónde está (blank)?
“Where is the restroom?” - ¿En dónde está el baño?
“Where is the water?” - ¿En dónde está el agua?
“Where is the subway station?” - ¿En dónde está la estación del metro?
“Where is the movie theater?” - ¿En dónde está el cine?
Alright! That's going to do it for this lesson. Hasta luego.