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Speaking about Spanish Office Buildings

In larger Latin American cities, people often work in high-rise buildings and office towers, just like in New York or Chicago. In smaller cities or towns, the workplace may be built around an open-air courtyard filled with flowers or fountains. Here are some words and phrases you can use to describe office buildings:

  • edificio de oficinas (eh-dee-fee-seeoh deh oh-fee-see-nahs) (office building)

  • el piso (ehl pee-soh) the floor

  • la planta baja (lah plahn-tah bvah-Hah) the floor at ground level

  • edificio de muchos pisos (eh-dee-fee-seeoh deh moo-chohs pee-sohs) (building with many floors; high-rise)

  • edificio alto (eh-dee-fee-seeoh ahl-toh) (tall building; high-rise)

  • edificio de torre (eh-dee-fee-seeoh deh toh-rreh) (a tower building)

  • edificio de una planta (eh-dee-fee-seeoh deh oo-nah plahn-tah) (one-story building)

The following Spanish sentences are examples of office building descriptions:

  • El edificio de Correos tiene siete pisos. (ehl eh-dee-fee-seeoh deh koh-rreh-ohs tee-eh-neh see-eh-teh pee-sohs) (The Postal building is seven stories high.)

  • La Torre del Banco tiene cincuenta y cinco pisos. (lah toh-rreh dehl bvahn-koh teeeh-neh seen-kooehn-tah ee seen-koh pee-sohs) (The Bank Tower is 55 stories high.)

  • La oficina está en un edificio de dos pisos. (lah oh-fee-see-nah ehs-tah ehn oon eh-dee-fee-seeoh deh dohs pee-sohs) (The office is in a two-story building.)

  • Busco el edificio de oficinas fiscales. (bvoos-koh ehl eh-dee-fee-seeoh deh oh-fee-see-nahs fees-kah-lehs) (I’m looking for the building of public revenues.)

  • Vamos a un edificio muy alto. (bvah-mohs a oon eh-dee-fee-seeoh mooy ahl-toh) (We’re going to a very tall building.)

  • En ese edificio sólo hay oficinas. (ehn eh-seh eh-dee-fee-seeoh soh-loh ahy oh-fee-see-nahs) (This building only has offices.)

  • Tres plantas de ese edificio son de la compañía. (trehs plahn-tahs deh eh-seh eh-dee-fee-seeoh sohn deh lah kohm-pah-nyeeah) (Three floors in that building belong to the company.)

In some places, the first floor that you count in a building is at street level. Some cities, however, refer to the street level floor as planta baja (planh-tah bvah-Hah) (ground floor [Literally: low floor]), and the first floor is the one immediately above it. Keep this information in mind when you try to find a specific address.

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