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Listen to each saying and / or sentence and then repeat
each of them. You may want to do this several times so
you get the right pronunciation.
The dialogues are all one conversation and are not
broken into sentences for listening.
Go straight on Elm Street.
Go along Elm Street.
Go down Elm Street.
Follow Elm Street for 200 metres.
Follow Elm Street until you get to the church.
Turn left into Oxford Street.
Turn right into Oxford Street.
Take the first turning on the right.
Go past the pet shop.
Go along the river.
Go over the bridge.
Go through the park.
Go towards the church.
Go up the hill.
Go down the hill.
Cross Oxford Street.
The bookshop is opposite the church.
The bookshop is between the church
and the pet shop.
The bookshop is on/at the corner.
The bookshop is in front of the church.
The bookshop is behind the church.
The bookshop is next to the church.
The bookshop is beside the church.
The bookshop is near the church.
car park (BE)
parking lot (AE)
Asking for and Giving Directions
How do I get to …?
What's the best way to …?
Where is …?
Go straight on (until you come to …).
Turn back./Go back.
Turn left/right (into …-street).
Go along …
Take the first/second road on the left/right
It's on the left/right.
in front of
(just) around the
at the end (of)
on/at the corner
excuse me, could you tell me how to get to ...?
the bus station
excuse me, do you know where the ... is?
I'm sorry, I don't know
sorry, I'm not from around here
I'm looking for ...
are we on the right road for ...?
is this the right way for ...?
do you have a map?
can you show me on the map?
it's this way
it's that way
you're going the wrong way
you're going in the wrong direction
take this road
go down there
take the first on the left
take the second on the right
turn right at the crossroads
continue straight ahead for about a mile (one mile is approximately
continue past the fire station
you'll pass a supermarket on your left
keep going for another ...
hundred yards (about 91 metres)
two hundred metres
half mile (about 800 metres)
it'll be ...
on your left
on your right
straight ahead of you
How to Give Directions
You know how to ASK for directions, but what happens
when an English speaker asks YOU for directions. This is
not a time for small talk. Give only basic directions with
short phrases. Do the best you can.
Questions you may hear
How do I get to Main Street?
Where is the closest gas station?
Can you tell me where the community centre is?
I’m looking for Jane Street.
Are you from around here?
If you know the way…
Use basic English to offer directions. Short phrases are
best. Speak slowly and use very careful pronunciation.
Spell out a word if necessary.
The easiest way is to…
The quickest way is to…
The best way is to…
go + direction (right, left, down, up, through)
take + road name
turn + right/left
stay on + road name for + distance or time
The easiest way is to go right on Commercial Avenue.
The quickest way is to take Road Number 1.
The best way is to turn right on Main Street.
Stay on Route 1 for about ten minutes.
Separate each leg of the route with a transition.
when you get to…go…
Offer “Ballpark Figures” (rough estimates of time or
length of travel)
Some people feel better knowing how long it will take
to get from A to B.
It’s just around the corner (not far).
It’s not far.
It’s a bit of a way. (it takes a while)
It’s about a five minute walk.
It’s about a twenty minute bus ride.
Tell the person what to watch for.
You will see a large clock on the right.
You will pass a gas station.
It’s across from the blue church.
More useful language
It’s on + street name
It’s across from
It’s around the corner from
Stay in the right lane.
It’s a very busy road.
It’s a big hill. (if they are walking or on a bike)
There might be construction.
If you pass the … you went too far.
There’s no parking.
If YOU repeat the directions again, the other
person will feel more confident. Repeat important
details including street names and turns. You can
also ask the other person to repeat the directions
back to you.
If you are in the car with the driver…
Give a lot of warning
Turn right at the next street
Get in the left lane.
Go one more block. Then turn right.
At the next traffic lights turn…
It’s going to be on your right.
Make sure that the other person understood your
directions. Say: “Did you get all that?”
If you don’t know the way…
Don’t guess! Don’t just shake your head and walk
away. Use one of these phrases:
I’m sorry, I’m not from here.
I’m afraid I can’t help you.
Sorry I don’t know my way around here.
Offer another solution
You could ask the bus driver.
Ask the front desk clerk.
Follow me. I’ll show you the way.
Do you want me to draw you a map?
We can use various patterns in asking and giving
directions. Look at the following dialogues to get an
idea of how to ask and give directions in a polite way.
Excuse me. Can you tell me where the pharmacy is?
It is on First Street. Walk down the first street and you will see the
pharmacy on the right, next to the gas station.
Excuse me. Can you tell me how to get to the Public Library from here?
Sure. Walk up Bright Street and you'll see the public library on the left,
across from the Laundromat.
Thanks a lot.
Excuse me. Would you please tell me how to get to the hospital
Certainly. Drive along First Avenue to Maple Street and turn right.
Drive up Maple Street and you will see the hospital on the
left, between the museum and the park.
Excuse me. What is the easiest way to get to the Grand hotel?
Take the Park Street bus and get off at Second Avenue. Walk down
Second Avenue and you'll see the Grand Hotel on the left.
Thank you very much.
Visitor: Can you tell me how to reach the bank please?
Policeman: Which bank? There are two: the Allied Irish Bank and the Bank of
Visitor: I have an AIB pass card and I want to withdraw money from the bank.
Policeman: You need to go to the Allied Irish Bank which is near the local shopping
centre, Dunnes Stores.
Visitor: How do I get there? I have no knowledge of this area.
Policeman: Cross the road and turn left at the other side. Walk along the footpath
until you reach the traffic lights. You will see a shopping centre on the right hand
side. Walk across the road and turn right after the shopping centre. Keep going
straight for about 100m and the bank is to your left.
Visitor: It sounds very complicated. How far is it from here?
Policeman: It's not so complicated. It's about five minutes walk from here. I can draw
a map for you if you wish.
Visitor: Oh, I would really appreciate that. By the way will I be going North or South?
Policeman: You will be going northwards. You are now in the Western part of the city
and the Allied Irish Bank is situated in the North East. Here's a rough sketch of the
Where is the bank?
It's on Main Street.
It's next to the post office.
It's between the bakery and the barber shop.
It's on the corner of Ninth Street and Pine (Street).
It's in Davis County, near Kaysville.
It's on I-15, between Farmington and Kaysville.
It's ten miles north of Salt Lake City.
How do you get to the sporting goods store?
First, go down State Street until you get to 4th South.
Then, turn left.
Then, go down 4th South for three blocks.
It's on the right side of the street next to Wendy's.
Take State Street to 4th South.
At 4th South, turn left.
Stay on 4th South for about three blocks.
The sporting goods store will be on the right, next to Wendy's.
How do you get to (your house in) Lehi?
Take I-15 south about 20 miles.
After you cross the mountain, watch for the signs to Lehi.
Take the first Lehi exit.
When you get off the freeway, make a right turn at the stop sign.
Follow the road (15th East) for five blocks.
Make a left turn on Royal Drive.
Continue on Royal Drive until you see the big oak tree.
My house is on the left hand side.
It's a two-story, red brick house with a large front yard.
You can't miss it!
Excuse me. Is there a grocery store around here?
Yeah. There's one right across the street.
Can you tell me how to get to Phoenix?
Sorry. I don't live around here.
Where's Tanner's Leather Shop?
It's on the corner of Holly and Vine. Next to the library.
How do you get to the bank?
Go straight down this street for two blocks. Turn left when you get to
Maple Street. Stay on Maple for half a block. It's on the left hand
Study the map. Then go on and answer the
questions (true or false) On the next slide.
you are here •
1. The jewelry store is behind the Italian restaurant
2. The bar is on Second Avenue
3. The police station is on the left from Fire Department
4. The toy store is across from the Chinese restaurant
5. The movie theater is opposite the Book store
6. The sporting goods store is behind the Furniture store
7. The bar is next to the Chinese restaurant
Task 2. Look at the map. Choose the correct name
of the building!
1. Take the first street on the left. Take the next street on the
right. Go straight on and cross the road. It's on the left.
2. Take the first street on the left. Go down the street. Turn on
right. Take the next street on the left. Go straight on and cross
the road. Go straight on. It's on your left on the corner of the
3. Take the first street on the left. Take the next street on the
right. Take the next street on the right. Pass the Fire
Department. It's on your left.
Task 3. Fill in the missing preposition.
1. The Women's wear is
2. The Movie Theater is
3. The Women's wear is
4. The Toy store is
5. The Jewelry Store is
On the corner
Behind, in front of, or beside
the Jewelry Store.
the Book Store.
the Jewelry Store and the
of Main Street and Forest Street.
the Italian Restaurant.
Exercise on Asking and Giving Directions
What's the best way to the post office?
(Use the map for orientation.)
Excuse me, where is the post office, please?
at the next corner.
until you come to the traffic lights.
The post office is
Exercise on Asking and Giving Directions
Fill in the words below correctly. (Use the map for orientation.)
continue, end, excuse, get, left (2x), next, opposite,
right, second, straight on, thank, turn, welcome
me, how do I
to the cinema?
at the corner.
Then take the
road on your
of the road.
The cinema is on your
you very much.