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Spanish Lesson Thirty-Seven: Giving and Receiving Directions

Updated on April 22, 2013

¡Buenos dias todo! Espero que estén bien. Quiero ayudarles aprender mas español hoy (I want to help you all learn more Spanish today). As always, I'm excited about today's lesson and the knowledge that we can all share and learn from. Sometimes I have to research a topic and learn what I can before passing it on. Sometimes I've already learned and understood it. So each lesson is learning and reviewing for me. I hope you all are gaining the knowledge you wish to. If not, shoot me a message or email. Just click on my profile name!

Last week we discussed The Zoo and Animals. It's just in time for the now reversing cold weather. Sooner or later we'll all be back to our spring activities! I thought that'd be awesome to learn. Also in the spring we as people tend to take more trips and travel to see family. So today's lesson will focus on Giving and Receiving Directions. This would be useful when getting lost and having to stop at a gas station for directions. I think this will prove most useful. Anyway, Welcome and let's get started! ¡Vaminos! (Let's go!)


Today's Goals: To learn how to give and receive driving or walking directions in Spanish. To be able to understand and respond to inquiries involving the need for directions.

Today's Vocabulary

Hey! Today's Vocabulario includes the usual HodgePodge of Spanish verbs, nouns, and adjectives. Also there is a chart that reflects today's theme of Giving and Receiving Directions. I hope those all prove useful to you. If you'll notice, the Reflexive Verb list has come full circle. See if any of those verbs look familiar. Keep me posted on how these lessons are for you all. I'll always make needed adjustments!


Today's Tips: Draw a map of a city and try to tell someone how to get to specific places on the map. Make it a game! Give it a try!

Verbs

To Send: Enviar

To Wrap Up: Evolver

To Raise/To Stand Up Straight: Erguir

To Err/To Wander/To Roam/To Miss: Errar

To Choose/To Select/To Pick: Escoger

To Write: Escribir

To Listen (to): Escuchar


Reflexive Verbs

To Get Married/To Marry: Casarse

To Take Care Of Oneself: Cuidarse

To Devote Oneself: Dedicarse

To Breakfast/To Have Breakfast: Desayunarse

To Take Leave Of/To Say Goodbye To: Despedirse

To Strech Oneself/To Stretch Ones Arms and Legs: Desperezarse

To Wake Oneself Up: Despertarse

Nouns

Painting: La Pintura

Gallery: La Galería

Exhibit: La Exposición

Window: La Ventana

Art: El Arte

Architecture: La Arquitectura

Tour: La Gira


Adjectives

Silly: Tonto(a)

Vindictive: Vengativo(a)

Conceded: Concedido

Gentle: Suave

Boring: Aburrido(a)

Warm-Up

¡Bienvenido! (Welcome!). Today's Warm-Up will include another three question quiz. I hope these have been adequate in helping you review concepts we learned a while back. Today's questions are from Lesson Seven. So go back and read that lesson if you don't know the answers. Once you've finished the quiz, check out today's Theme Vocabulary. These words will help you Give and Receive Directions.

Giving and Receiving Directions Vocabulary

English Word/Phrase
Spanish Equiv.
Street
La Calle
Corner
La Esquina
To Turn
Dobla (form of Doblar)
To the left
A La Izquierda
To the right
A La Derecha
Straight ahead
Derecho
Here
Aqui
There (not far)
Ahí
There (farther)
Allí
Go
Vaya (form of Ir)
North
Norte
South
Sur
East
Este
West
Oeste
Bank
El Banco
Post Office
El Correo
Hotel
El Hotel
Northeast
Noreste
Northwest
Noroeste
Souteast
Sudeste
Southwest
Sudoeste

When Giving and Receiving Directions...

So I decided to see how it would look with your vocabulary directly to your left. I think it may make it easier for you to retain the information without having to scroll up for more information. If you'll look to your right, you'll see the list of common phrases and words associated with Giving and Receiving Directions. Here are some things you can say.


¿Dónde está?- Where is...?

¿Cómo puedo encontrar?- How can I find...?


Those are just two places to ask someone where something is. Always make sure you excuse yourself by saying Disculpame, Perdón, or Excusame to be polite.


Miguel: Disculpame, puedes decirme dónde está el banco? Excuse me, can you tell me where is the bank?


Fernando: Sí, el banco está cerca de el correo. Dobla la esquina por la izquierda. Vaya derecho y el banco por la derecha. Yes, the bank is close to post office. Turn the corner on the left. Go straight ahead and the bank is on the right.


Miguel: Gracias, señor.


Note #1: Use por when referring to "on" for directions. Also use the formal commands to tell someone where to go. Don't forget your prepositions! Near, far, up ahead, etc. Remember that Derecho and Derecha have two different meanings. Don't mix those up!

Note #2: There are tons of different ways to express directions of a place. Take a moment to look up some online if you want to know more complex ways to express that.

Note #3: If you find yourself still having trouble understanding, get a map out and point to where you want to go. Ask them "Puedes dirigirme? (Can you direct me?)

Source

Homework

Hey everyone! I hope last week's homework proved simple enough. The answers are after this section. I think we'll continue practicing conjugating verbs in the Present Indicate, Preterit, and Imperfect tenses. So this week, let me give you the next three verbs. I'll put notes for those with special cases.

If you need anything refer to: Lesson Five, Lesson Twenty,Lesson Twenty-Five, and Lesson Thirty-Five.


Abrir (To Open)

Absolver (To Absolve/To Acquit) O-->UE

Abtenerse (To Abstain)


Oh! I almost forgot. Next week we'll be going over Car and Car Parts. Check out that one next week!

Present Indicative Answers

Verb
Yo
Él/Ella/Usted
Nosotros
Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes
Abitir
Abato
Abates
Abate
Abatimos
Abaten
Abrasar
Abraso
Abrasas
Abrasa
Abrasamos
Abrasan
Abrazar
Abrazo
Abrazas
Abraza
Abrazamos
Abrazan

Preterit Answers

Verb
Yo
Él/Ella/Usted
Nosotros
Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes
Abatir
Abatí
Abatiste
Abatió
Abatimos
Abatieron
Abrasar
Abrasé
Abrasaste
Abrasó
Abrasamos
Abrasaron
Abrazar
Abracé
Abrasaste
Abrazó
Abrazamos
Abrazaron

Imperfect Answers

Verb
Yo
Él/Ella/Usted
Nosotros
Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes
Abatir
Abitiba
Abitibas
Abitiba
Abatibamos
Abiban
Abrasar
Abrasaba
Abrabas
Abraba
Abraba
Abraban
Abrazar
Abrazaba
Abrazabas
Abraba
Abrazabamos
Abrazaban

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