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Word List 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
Cross
Take the first/second road on the left/right
It's on the left/right.
straight on
opposite
near
next to
between
at the end (of)
on/at the corner
behind
in front of
(just) around the corner
traffic lights
crossroads, junction
signpost

You are here

Exercise I
Fill in the words below correctly. (Use the map for orientation.)

1. Excuse me, where is the post office, please?


2.

at the next corner.

3. Then
4.

until you come to the traffic lights.


there.

5. The post office is

the cinema.

Exercise II

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

1.
2. Go
3. Turn

me, how do I

to the cinema?

.
at the corner.

4. Then take the

road on your

5.

to the

6.

left there.

of the road.

7. The cinema is on your


8.

you very much.

9. You're

Asking and giving directions

the castle.

Asking directions
excuse me, could you tell me how to get to ...?
the bus station
excuse me, do you know where the ... is?
post office
I'm sorry, I don't know
sorry, I'm not from around here
I'm looking for ...
this address
are we on the right road for ...?
Brighton
is this the right way for ...?
Ipswich
do you have a map?
can you show me on the map?
Giving directions
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 1.6 kilometres)
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)
kilometre
it'll be ...
on your left
on your right
straight ahead of you
Travel

Motoring

Sound is available for all the English phrases on this page simply click on any phrase to hear it.
How far is it?
how far is it?
how far is it to ...?
the airport
how far is it to ... from here?
the beach

is it far?
is it a long way?
it's ...
not far
quite close
quite a long way
a long way on foot
a long way to walk
about a mile from here (one mile is approximately 1.6 kilometres)
Giving directions to drivers
follow the signs for ...
the town centre
Birmingham
continue straight on past some traffic lights
at the second set of traffic lights, turn left
go over the roundabout
take the second exit at the roundabout
turn right at the T-junction
go under the bridge
go over the bridge
you'll cross some railway lines

1 . Asking the way - Vocabulary

Useful phrases
Picture

English sentence
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.

Useful words:
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car park
parking lot

crossroads

roundabout

traffic lights

2. Prepositions of place and direction


Preposition

Use

Examples

above

higher than sth.

The picture hangs above my bed.

across

from one side to the other


side

You mustn't go across this road here.


There isn't a bridge across the river.

after

one follows the other

The cat ran after the dog.


After you.

against

directed towards sth.

The bird flew against the window.

along

in a line; from one point to


another

They're walking along the beach.

among

in a group

I like being among people.

around

in a circular way

We're sitting around the campfire.

behind

at the back of

Our house is behind the supermarket.

below

lower than sth.

Death Valley is 86 metres below sea level.

beside

next to

Our house is beside the supermarket.

between

sth./sb. is on each side

Our house is between the supermarket and the


school.

by

near

He lives in the house by the river.

close to

near

Our house is close to the supermarket.

down

from high to low

He came down the hill.

from

the place where it starts

Do you come from Tokyo?

in front of

the part that is in the


direction it faces

Our house is in front of the supermarket.

inside

opposite of outside

You shouldn't stay inside the castle.

into

entering sth.

You shouldn't go into the castle.

near

close to

Our house is near the supermarket.

next to

beside

Our house is next to the supermarket.

off

away from sth.

The cat jumped off the roof.

onto

moving to a place

The cat jumped onto the roof.

opposite

on the other side

Our house is opposite the supermarket.

out of

leaving sth.

The cat jumped out of the window.

outside

opposite of inside

Can you wait outside?

over

above sth./sb.

The cat jumped over the wall.

past

going near sth./sb.

Go past the post office.

round

in a circle

We're sitting round the campfire.

through

going from one point to the


other point

You shouldn't walk through the forest.


I like going to Australia.

to

towards sth./sb.

towards

in the direction of sth.

We ran towards the castle.

under

below sth.

The cat is under the table.

up

from low to high

He went up the hill.

Can you come to me?


I've never been to Africa.