If you want to ask how long someone has lived in a particular place, it’s actually pretty easy.

All you have to do is say the phrase, “Cuanto tiempo ha vivido en . . . ” and put the location at the end of the sentence.

This is a great way to find out how reliable the information someone is giving you is.

If you meet somebody on the street and want to ask them for directions, it might be good to know whether they are a local or are just visiting the town like yourself.

Use this question!

In this episode and the below exercises, we’re going to give you a location and all you have to do is repeat it out loud by adding the words “Cuanto tiempo ha vivido en . . . ” to the beginning of each sentence.

Here are some examples:

Example:  Puebla -> Cuanto tiempo ha vivido en Puebla?
Another Example: Mexico -> Cuanto tiempo ha vivido en Mexico?

Let’s get started! 


Buenos Aires
Puerto Vallarta
Costa Rica

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Practice Exercises

Ask these people how long they have lived here.  Then answer for them.

Ex.  Tom Levitt Querétaro 3 weeks


Señor Levitt, ¿cuánto tiempo ha vivido en Querétaro?

He vivido en Querétaro 3 semanas.


1 Deana Jones Ciudad de México 2 years

2 Harvey Little Zacatecas 4 months

3 Mrs Small San Miguel de Allende 1 week

4 Carolina El Pueblito 1 year


Answers: 1  Deana, ¿cuánto tiempo ha vivido en la Ciudad de México?  He vivido en la Ciudad de México 2 años.

2 Harvey, ¿cuánto tiempo ha vivido en Zacatecas?  He vivido en Zacatecas 4 meses.

3 Señora Small, ¿cuánto tiempo ha vivido en San Miguel de Allende?  He vivido en San Miguel de Allende una semana. 

4 Carolina, ¿cuánto tiempo ha vivido en el Pueblito?  He vivido en el Pueblito un año.

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