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Learning Spanish: Talking about Life in a Big City

written by: Sonal Panse • edited by: Elizabeth Stannard Gromisch • updated: 9/11/2012

Learn Spanish by talking in Spanish about familiar things around you. This is a good way to improve your Spanish vocabulary. Let's take a look at some familiar things around a big city. You can find a vocabulary list to download at the end.

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    Life in the City

    When learning a new language, it helps to find some common ground. Many of us, for example, have had some experience in living in a big city, so you can talk about the city in which you live in. Only thing is, you do it in the language you are learning.

    Let's look at some features of life in a big city

    • It is quiet in the early morning. The city is not yet awake.
    • Es tranquila en la madrugada. La ciudad todavía no está despierto.
    • A city is full of crowds.
    • Una ciudad está llena de muchedumbres.
    • The streets usually have much traffic.
    • Las calles tienen generalmente mucho tráfico. OR Las calles suelen tener mucho tráfico.
    • There are bus stops, bus depots, tram terminals, railway stations, and airports.
    • Hay paradas de autobús, los depósitos de autobúses, tranvía terminales, estaciones de trenes, y aeropuertos.
    • There are many residential buildings, commercial buildings and sky-scrapers.
    • Hay muchos edificios residenciales, edificios comercialesm y rascacielos.
    • There are restaurants and hotels, shops and stores, and theaters and opera houses.
    • Hay restaurants y hoteles, tiendas y tiendas, y teatros y casas de ópera.
    • There are parks, gardens, and trees to provide breathing green spaces.
    • Hay parques, los jardines, y los árboles para proporcionar respirando espacios verdes.
    • There are zoos and aquariums.
    • Hay parques zoológicos y acuarios.
    • There are offices, hospitals, and clinics.
    • Hay las oficinas, los hospitales, y los dispensarios.
    • There are schools, colleges, and universities.
    • Hay las escuelas, los colegios, y las universidades.
    • There are churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques.
    • Hay las iglesias, las sinagogas, los templos, y las mezquitas.
    • There are swimming pools, stadiums, and libraries.
    • Hay piscinas, los estadios, y las bibliotecas.

    • People live in apartments or houses.
    • Las personas viven en apartamentos o casas.
    • They have televisions, radios, and music systems.
    • Tienen televisions, radios, y sistemas de la música.
    • They have mixers, ovens, and washing-machines.
    • Tienen batidoras, los hornos, y las lavadoras.
    • They have refrigerators, dishwashers, and microwaves.
    • Ellos tienen los frigoríficos, lavavajillas, y microondas.
    • People speak into cellphones as they walk on the pavements.
    • Las personas hablan en teléfonos celulares como ellos caminan las aceras.
    • Many people own cars.
    • Muchas personas poseen coches.
    • Many people travel or commute by public buses, trams, and trains.
    • Muchas personas viajan o conmutan por autobuses públicos, los tranvías, y los trenes.
    • At night, all the lights come on, and you can't see the stars.
    • Por la noche, todas las luces vienen, y usted no puede ver las estrellas.

    Vocabulary used in this article can be found at Spanish Vocabulary - Life in a Big City.