Kara (から) and Made (まで)
Kara and made are two noun-following particles you will need to use when asking about how long it takes to get to a certain place. They can be roughly interpreted as from (for kara) and to (for made).
Before actually going any further about the sentence pattern you will want to learn, let’s introduce three different locations that we will use in our examples. I have written the three places in three different ways, depending on your level. The first writing is in Kanji, the second in hiragana and the third in romaji.
郵便局：ゆうびんきょく：yuubinkyoku: post office
We will just stick to those three locations for this article, as introducing too many words would end up being counterproductive, as the objective here is not to learn new vocabulary about places.
As mentioned in the first paragraph, kara and made are noun-following particles which means they should come after the nouns. Let’s demonstrate their use with a clear and simple example.
Imagine for a minute that you wish to know how long it would take to get to the bank from the library. In this example, your starting point is the library and your destination is the bank. All you need to do is to put kara after your starting point and made after your destination.
It is that simple. Let’s use another example just to make sure. Say you would like to know how long it would to get from the post office to the library. This time around, the post office is your starting point and the library is your destination.
As long as you remember that kara (from) should come after your starting point and that made (to) should come after your destination, asking for distances will be a breeze.
This is just the beginning of the sentence pattern however. Read the next section to figure out how to proceed from there.