Asking for and giving directions English lesson

Sometimes you may asked from someone for directions.

How to give directions English lesson?

This lesson you will be learning how to give directions to another person when they ask you for directions on how to go somewhere.  and also give examples of how to ask for directions as well. 

Important verbs and prepositions you need to remember

Giving directions

Asking somebody for directions

** Hint The key words are highlighted ** 

Questions you can ask about directions

Can you please tell me how do I can get to Oxford Street?

Where is the nearest supermarket?

How can I get to the  local market?

I'm trying get to Downing Street.

How do I get to the office?

What's the best way to get to your house next ?

Where is Mc Donalds can you tell me please?

How to give directions to somebody else 

learning English directions straight aheadGo straight on till you see the hospital then turn left.

Turn back, you have gone past the turning.

Turn left when you see a roundabout.

Turn right at the end of the road and my house is number 67.

Cross the junction and keep going for about 1 mile.

Take the third road on the right and you will see the office on the right

Take the third road on the right and you will see the shop on the left

Take the second road on the left and you will see the house on the left

Take the second road on the left and you will see the hospital straight ahead

The hospital is opposite the railway station.

The shop is near the hospital.

The house is next to the local cricket ground.

The shop is in between the chemist and KFC.

At the end of the road you will see a roundabout.

learning English directions turn left


At the corner of the road you will see red building.

Just around the corner
is my house you will need to stop quickly or you will miss it.

Go straight on at the traffic lights.

turn right at the crossroads.

Follow the signposts for Manchester.

Giving directions conversation

When giving directions to someone it is best to use short basic English sentences. Speak slowly when talking to the other person and spell out words if they don't understand and if possible draw a map.

Mr Bean : - Please tell me how I get to your apartment?

Mrs Smith: - Are you coming by car or by bus?

Mr Bean : - I am coming by car.

Mr Bean : - Please could you tell me the easiest way of getting to your apartment?

Mrs Smith: - Take the M6 to Manchester and come of at junction 6

Mr Bean : - Manchester can you spell that for me

Mrs Smith: - M a n c h e s t e r

Mr Bean : - Thanks

Mrs Smith: -  OK, then turn right at the roundabout and take the first left my house is on the left next to the local food store.

Mr Bean : - Is that the quickest way of getting to your apartment?

Mrs Smith: - Yes, it is the quickest way by car.

Mr Bean : - Would you draw me a map please I don't know the area.

Mrs Smith: - Yes.

Mr Bean : - Thanks.

And finally some tips

Speak slowly so the other person can understand.

Speak slowly so the other person can write down the instructions if talking on the phone.

When speaking with someone, use your hands to demonstrate what you mean,  left, right, or straight on.

Always try and use the word "please" when you are asking someone for directions. It's polite, and people are more likely to help you!

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