Listening questions - asking for directions - Foundation

If you find yourself in a Spanish town or city, you may need to ask for directions. Here are some useful phrases to help you.

¿Por dónde se va a ...?How do I get to ...?
¿Dónde está ...?Where is ...?
¿Está cerca/lejos?Is it near/far?
¿Vas a pie/en coche?Are you going on foot/by car?
Sigue ...Continue/keep going ...
Cruza ...Cross (over) ...
Sigue todo recto ...Go straight on ...
Hasta la calle principal/mayorAs far as the high street/main street
la plaza (mayor)(main) square
Está a 100 metrosIt's 100m away
Está muy cerca/lejosIt's very near/far
Toma la primera calle a la izquierdaTake the first road on the left
Coge la segunda calle a la derechaTake the second road on the right
Dobla a la izquierda/derechaTurn left/right

Julia is on holiday in Spain. She is lost and is asking for directions. Listen to her conversation.


Choose the correct answer for each question.

1. Where does she want to go?

Athe stadium
Bthe swimming pool
Cthe main square
Dthe beach

2. Where is it?

Aquite far away
Bquite near
Cat the end of the road
Don the left-hand side

3. It is opposite the ...

Atrain station.
Bbus station.
Dshopping centre.
  1. The correct answer is C. Julia asks ¿por dónde se va a la plaza mayor? (How do I get to the main square?)
  2. The correct answer is B. The man says No está lejos (It's not far), therefore, it's quite near.
  3. The correct answer is A. The man says Está enfrente de la estación de trenes (It's opposite the train station).


Julia: Disculpe, señor, ¿por dónde se va a la plaza mayor?

Hombre: ¿Va usted a pie?

Julia: Sí.

Hombre: Pues, está a doscientos metros. No está lejos. Está enfrente de la estación de trenes.

Julia: Muchas gracias.

Hombre: De nada.


Julia: Excuse me, sir. How do I get to the main square?

Man: Are you going on foot?

Julia: Yes.

Man: Well, it's 200 metres away. It's not far. It's opposite the train station.

Julia: Thank you very much.

Man: You're welcome.