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First, we will review the vocabulary. Then, we will put this vocabulary to use to give directions in Spanish. Normally we are speaking with strangers when we ask for and give directions. Therefore, we will use the usted conjugation for all the verbs.
Baje al sótano.
Go down to the basement.
El pasillo, el corredor
Siga el pasillo.
Follow the hall.
A la derecha / izquierda
To the right / left
Al salir del ascensor
As you leave the elevator
Doble/gire a la derecha/izquierda
A mano derecha/izquierda
On the right-hand/left-hand side
Asking for and Giving Directions
Perdone, ¿Dónde está la cafetería?
Excuse me. Where is the cafeteria?
Está en el sótano.
It’s in the basement.
¿Cómo se va / se llega allí?
How do you get there?
Siga (por) este pasillo y usted verá el ascensor a la derecha.
Follow this hallway and you’ll see the elevator to your right.
Baje al sótano.
Go down basement.
Al salir del ascensor, doble/gire a la izquierda.
As you exit the elevator, turn left.
Verá la cafeteria a mano derecha.
You will see the cafeteria on the right-hand side.
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Update to Audio on 7/22/2018
Listened to this episode again while driving in the car and decided to make the following changes:
~ 1 min – Since I start the sentence with hopefully, I decided to conjugate poder in the subjunctive, rather than the future tense: “Hopefully, the next time someone asks you, ‘Dónde está el vestíbulo,’ where’s the lobby, puedas responder con fluidez.
~ 2:40 min – I added the audio flashcard: “as you leave the elevator” >> “al salir del ascensor.” This was missing from the original episode.
BTW, if you ever notice that I goof, just leave a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. ¡Gracias!
Hasta la próxima.
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