A few useful words for parts of the city and things you might find there.

el centro (comercial) = the (commercial) centre

la zona histórica =           the historical area

un barrio (residencial) =  a (residential) neighbourhood

la zona = the area / neighbourhood

un cantegril (“cante”) / un asentamiento = a slum or shanty town

una zona franca = a duty-free zone

un cajero automatico = ATM

un shopping = shopping centre / mall

una calle = street

la vereda = sidewalk / pavement

un peatonal = pedestrian street

el subte = subway

una parada = bus stop

un parque = park

una plaza = square

¿Cómo es tu barrio / ciudad? = What’s your neighbourhood / city like?

¿Hace cuánto que usted vive acá? = How long have you lived here? (formal)

¿Hace cuánto que vivís acá? = How long have you lived here? (informal)

Habrá visto muchos cambios en ese tiempo. = You must have seen a lot of changes in that time. (formal)

Es un barrio tranquilo / complicado = It’s a safe / dangerous neighbourhood. (these are common euphemisms)

Any questions? If you’re not sure about the content of today’s class or have something to add, leave us a comment below and we’ll get back to you. Your questions and comments will help other students too. Our Spanish immersion programs at La Herradura in Uruguay and Spain teach you an international form of Spanish, but the teachers are all native speakers and will offer guidance on local expressions and words.

Coming up next… Class 19 of 30: Countryside | El campo


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