1. Asking and giving directions
It is important to know how to ask for and give directions to get to a destination: city, street, etc.
- Where is the chemist's?
- Go straight on and turn left.
2. Asking for directions
To ask for directions, we can use structures as the following:
|More informal||More formal|
|Where is the post office?||Could you tell me the way to the bank, please?|
|Is there a chemist's around here?||Could you tell me how to get to the cinema, please?|
|Can you help me? I'm looking for the theatre.|
|How (can/do) I get to the station?||What's the best way to go to the church?|
To draw the attention of someone we don't know, we use the expression excuse me followed by the interrogative sentence we want to formulate.
Excuse me, how can I get to the bank?
Excuse me, where is the baker's?
3. Giving directions
To give instructions to someone on how to get to a particular place, we will usually use structures such as the following:
Go straight on/ahead
Go across the street
On the corner
Go as far as
Go past the
Go along the street
Go up the street
Go down the street
Take the 1 st/2 nd/3 rd turning on the right
Take the 1 st/2 nd/3 rd turning on the left
|Asking for directions||Giving directions|
|Where is the (nearest)...?||Turn left||Turn right|
|How (can/do) I get to the...?||Go straight on / ahead||Go across the street|
|Is there a... (around / near) here?||On the corner||Go as far as the cinema|
|What's the best way to go to the...?||Go past the||Go along the street|
|Could you tell me how to get to the...?||Take the 1st / 2nd / 3rd turning on the right||Take the 1st / 2nd / 3rd turning on the left|