In English (at least US English), it is common to use "up" and "down" when giving directions. For example:

  • When are you coming down to visit us?
  • I went up to see him for the weekend.

The "up" and "down" can refer to either north/south or higher/lower elevation. Are there equivalent terms in Spanish? What would be the most natural translation of sentences like these?

  • Not only you can use subir and bajar in the same situations, but you can say Subir [bajar] por la calle Velázquez to mean you walked it in ascending [descending] house number order.
    – DeStrangis
    Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 10:41

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Si alguien vive en la montaña y va hacia un valle, es común (coloquialmente) decir:

"¿Cuándo vas a bajar a visitarnos?"

exactamente lo mismo vale para "subir"

WRT the Notrth-South orientation, depends on the region, but yes, I've heard it many times (but more colloquial yet than the previous usage)


However, the common use to add "up" or "down" to round up the sound of some verbs in English hasn't a correlation in Spanish.

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