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Assistance writing a letter to a hotel asking about availability

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Hello!

I'm going to South America in a month or so, and trying to line up some accommodations. I do not know if the hotel I am contacting has anyone speaking English, so I wanted to write them in Spanish the first time. I used to be close to proficient in Spanish, but it's been a few too many years...

Here's what I'm trying to say:

Hello,
I am going to arrive in Los Molles July 8. Do you have any vacancies from July 8th through August 15th? I am looking for a double. Also, is there any discount for extended stays?

Sorry for my Spanish. It's been a long time - does anyone there speak English?

Thanks!

My (rough!) translation:

Voy a llegar en Los Molles a la 8 de Julio. Tiene vacantes desde el 8 hasta el 15 de Agosto? Querería un doble. También, hay un descuento por un reservación mas largo?

Lo siento por mi español. Hasta mucho años - alguien habla inglés alli?

Gracias.

Blake

Thanks for any help you have to offer!

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updated JUN 12, 2008
posted by Blake

6 Answers

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It's been a long time = ha pasado mucho tiempo / hace mucho tiempo.

"Ha pasado mucho tiempo desde que te marchaste"
"Hace mucho tiempo que te marchaste"

Verb to be is not used with long time.

updated JUN 12, 2008
posted by Dunia
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Bueno! Gracias por la ayuda!

Your version does read a bit more...gracefully...than mine, Dunia. Thanks. And Heidita, thank you for the quick response; it's nice to have two different versions to read from so I can see the differences.

Quick question...maybe I can tack it on to this discussion: I can't remember how to say "It's been a long time" in Spanish. Do you just use the preterite of "ser"? I recall it being some idiomatic expression, rather than a literal translation...that's where the "hasta mucho años" came from in the original draft.

Thanks again!

updated JUN 12, 2008
posted by Blake
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Sorry, I read the Spanish version

updated JUN 11, 2008
posted by Dunia
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If I were you I would go with dunia's translation.
dunia, it is from July 8th till August 15th

updated JUN 11, 2008
posted by 00494d19
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This is a free translation:

Voy a llegar a "Los Molles" el 8 de julio. Me gustaría saber si disponen de habitaciones libres desde el 8 al 15 de agosto. Mi intención es reservar una habitación doble. ¿Ofrecen algún descuento para estancias largas?

Disculpen mi español. ¿Hay alguien en el hotel que hable inglés'

updated JUN 11, 2008
posted by Dunia
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Nice try, blake:

Voy a llegar en Los Molles el día 8 de Julio. ¿Tiene vacantes desde el 8 de Julio hasta el 15 de Agosto? Querría una habitación doble. También les ruego que me indiquen si , hay un descuento por esta reserva larga.?

Lo siento por mi español. Gracias por indicarme si les puedo hablar en inglés.

I have just corrected your draft. You will get more answers in the afternoon, please be patient.

updated JUN 11, 2008
posted by 00494d19
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