Location words in Spanish are essential for effective communication, whether you’re traveling to a Spanish-speaking country or simply conversing with native speakers. From asking for directions to describing where something is located, mastering these words is key to navigating the language with confidence. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore 15 essential location words in Spanish, accompanied by relevant examples, to help you become a location-savvy Spanish speaker.
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15 Location Words in Spanish
1. Aquí/Acá (Here)
“Aquí” (or “acá”) is one of the fundamental location words in Spanish that translates to “here” in English. Use it to indicate a close or immediate location. In Argentina we use the word “acá”. For example:
“La tienda está aquí” (The store is here).
“La tienda está acá” (The store is here).
2. Allí/Allá (There)
“Allí” (or “allá”) means “there” and is used to indicate a location that is not far but not too close either. In Argentine we use the location word “allá”. For example:
“El parque está allí” (The park is there).
“El parque está allá” (The park is there).
3. Ahí (There)
Similar to “allí,” “ahí” is also used to express “right there,” but it refers to a location that is closer to the speaker, although unreachable at arms distance. For example:
“El restaurante está ahí” (The restaurant is right there).
“Mi casa está ahí” (My house is right there).
4. Cerca de (Near)
“Cerca de” are location words in Spanish that translate to “near” or “close to” in English. This phrase is used to describe something in proximity to another location. For example:
“La biblioteca está cerca de la escuela” (The library is close to the school).
“Mar del Plata está cerca de Tandil” (Mar del Plata is close to Tandil).
5. Lejos de (Far from)
“Lejos de” means “far from” and is used to express a considerable distance between two locations. For example:
“El aeropuerto está lejos de la ciudad” (The airport is far from the city).
“La cocina está lejos de la habitación” (The kitchen is far from the bedroom).
6. Encima de (On top of)
“Encima de” is the location word in Spanish used to indicate that something is “on top of” or “above” another object. For example:
“El libro está encima de la mesa” (The book is on top of the table).
“El gato está encima de la repisa” (The cat is on top of the shelf).
7. Debajo de (Underneath)
“Debajo de” means “underneath” or “below” and is used to describe a location below another object. For example:
“El perro está debajo del sofá” (The dog is underneath the sofa).
“El libro está debajo de la almohada” (The book is underneath the pillow).
8. Entre (Between)
“Entre” is the location word in Spanish for “between” and is used when something is situated in the middle of two or more objects. For example:
“La casa está entre los árboles” (The house is between the trees).
“Estoy entre el kiosco y el guardavidas” (I’m between the kiosk and the lifeguard).
9. Al lado de (Next to)
“Al lado de” is the location word in Spanish for “next to” and is used to describe something situated in close proximity to another object. For example:
“La escuela está al lado del parque” (The school is next to the park).
“La cocina está al lado de la sala” (The kitchen is next to the living room).
10. Delante de (In front of)
“Delante de” is used to indicate that something is “in front of” or “before” another object or location. For example:
“El carro está delante de la casa” (The car is in front of the house).
“El árbol está delante de la estatua” (The tree is in front of the statue).
11. Detrás de (Behind)
“Detrás de” means “behind” and is used when something is located at the back of another object. For example:
“El árbol está detrás de la iglesia” (The tree is behind the church).
“El cartel está detrás del obelisco” (The sign is behind the obelisc).
12. Alrededor de (Around)
“Alrededor de” is the location word in Spanish that translates to “around” and is used to indicate something surrounding another object or location. For example:
“Hay muchas tiendas alrededor del parque” (There are many stores around the park).
“Los barcos están alrededor de la isla” (The ships are around the island).
13. A la derecha de (To the right of)
“A la derecha de” means “to the right of” and is used to describe something located on the right side of another object. For example:
“El edificio está a la derecha del puente” (The building is to the right of the bridge).
“El banco está a la derecha de la farmacia” (The bank is to the right of the pharmacy).
14. A la izquierda de (To the left of)
“A la izquierda de” translates to “to the left of” and is used to indicate something located on the left side of another object. For example:
“La tienda está a la izquierda del banco” (The store is to the left of the bank).
“La farmacia está a la izquierda del banco” (The pharmacy is to the left of the bank).
15. En medio de (In the middle of)
“En medio de” means “in the middle of” and is used to describe something situated at the center of two or more objects. For example:
“El lago está en medio de las montañas” (The lake is in the middle of the mountains).
“La lapicera está en medio de los papeles” (The pen is in the middle of the papers).
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