Spanish4Lawyers- Giving Directions- Part 7

This is a blog dedicated to assisting lawyers communicate better with their Spanish speaking clients.  One way to facilitate the attorney client relationship is by giving clear directions to your office in Spanish.  Therefore, in the last few posts, I have been giving directions to my office.  My hope is that the words you learn in these posts will help you write down and practice the directions to your office.

Here are a couple of new sentences:

“If you are coming north on York Road, turn right on Chesapeake Avenue.  My office is one block north of Towsontowne Boulevard.”

In Spanish: “Si viene norte de la Calle York, gire a la derecha hacia la Avenida Chesapeake. Mi oficina está a una cuadra norte de Boulevard de Towsontowne.”

Let’s analyze these sentences (in Spanish the word for “sentence” is “frase”.)

“Si” is “if”. “Viene” is the you/he/she conjugation of the word “venir” which is “to come”.  “Norte” is “north”. “Calle” is “road”.

“Gire” is “turn”. (This is from the root “girar” which means “to turn”.  Since we are giving a command, we use “gire”.  Note that the “g” is pronounced as an “h” like in the English word “home” because, in Spanish, when a “g” is followed by an “i” or “e”, the “g” is pronounced as a hard “h”.)

Next in this sentence is “derecha” which is “right”.  “Hacia” means “onto”.  “Avenida” is “avenue”.

“Mi” is “my”.  “Oficina” is “office”. “Está” means “is”. “Una” is the feminine version of “one”.  The feminine is used here because it is referring to “cuadra” which is the word for “block” and is also feminine.  “Norte” is “north”.

Here is how Señorita Pardo says these ‘frases”:

Going north, make right

Below are a couple of the world’s least useful traffic signs.

Copyright, 2012, Jeff Scholnick, Esq and Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Scholnick. All rights reserved.


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