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Words for giving directions in Spanish

Spanish vocabulary about how to find one's bearings.

Vocab

¿Cómo se llega ... ? How do you get to ... ?
Girar To turn
Tomar To Take
Torcer (Spain) To turn
Doblar to turn
A la derecha (on the) right
A la izquierda (on the) left
Continuar To continue
Todo recto Straight/straight on/straight ahead
El cruce Intersection/crossroads
El semáforo traffic lights
La rotonda roundabout/traffic circle
Cruzar To cross
La carretera road
La calle street
La avenida avenue
La autopista motorway/freeway/highway
El paso de peatones pedestrian crossing/crosswalk
El paso de cebra zebra crossing/crosswalk
La esquina The corner
La acera pavement / sidewalk
El destino destination
La ruta route
Ir a... To go to...
Llegar a... To arrive at...

Q&A Forum 2 questions, 2 answers

KimberC1Kwiziq community member

Faulty vocab for "to turn" in this context

Girar is not, and certainly not 'torcer',   used for a person to "turn" when giving directions - just 'ir'.  Faulty vocab for this context.

Asked 1 month ago
MarshaC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

If you look in a spanish dictionary, you will see that girar and torcer are used when giving or talking about directions.

Faulty vocab for "to turn" in this context

Girar is not, and certainly not 'torcer',   used for a person to "turn" when giving directions - just 'ir'.  Faulty vocab for this context.

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IngaA1Kwiziq community member

Which is right?

In the Yucatan in Mexico, I have heard el derecho for straight ahead. It is quite confusing with 'la derecha' for the right. Todo recto is much better!

Asked 2 months ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Inga

I imagine what you probably heard was "todo derecho" as in "straight on" (we say that in Spain too), but I think in Mexico they still say "a la derecha" and "a la izquierda" to refer to "to/on the right", "to/on the left".

It could also be that in that particular area in Mexico there is a specific expression. It'd be nice to know which one it is so we could investigate a bit.

Saludos

Inma

Which is right?

In the Yucatan in Mexico, I have heard el derecho for straight ahead. It is quite confusing with 'la derecha' for the right. Todo recto is much better!

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