If lost, asking for and giving directions can be a life safer. Not everyone knows where they are going and may need help with directions from time to time. Directions may be needed to get to a nearby town, or to the newest mall in town or to the nearest rest room in a large building. Where ever you are going, the expression below can be used to get you where you need to go.

English Expressions Used in Giving Directions
    Expression: How do I to get to ( …the university)?
    Response: Go to Franklin Avenue and turn right. Go two blocks, the university is on the left.
    Expression: How do I find ( … Cactus Shopping Mall)?
    Response: Go straight on this street about a mile, it’s on the right.
    Expression: Which way do I go to get to ( … the police station)?
    Response: Drive to Maple Street and turn left. The police station is in the middle of the block.
    Expression: Pardon me, I’m lost, how do I get to the ( … theater)?
    Response: Go to the second stop sign and turn right. Then go the third stop sign. The theater is on that corner.
    Expression: Could you direct me to ( … I-8)?
    Response: Take Trekell Road west about 4 miles You’ll run into it.

Prepositions of location
go straight go to…. turn right turn left
cross on your right on your right beside
next to behind across from in front of
caddy corner on the corner ofbetweenaround the corner

A point to remember

Giving street directions is really very easy when you remember to follow these points. When giving directions you are actually giving two sets of instructions.

In the first set- “Go To” – you are telling the listener what street to go to or how far to go.
In the second set- “Then”- you are telling the listener what to do when they get there. (turn right/left, go straight, on the left, etc.)

Giving even very complicated directions is just a repetition of these two basic steps.


Elliot: What you new address?
George: The address is 1534 Kangaroo Lane. I live in Oasis Apartments, apartment 1104.
Elliot: How do I get there from my house?
George: Get on Phillips Avenue and go south to Colorado Street.
Elliot: Got it, and then?
George: Turn left on Colorado and go to Casey Avenue and turn left.
Elliot: Turn left at Walmart?
George: Right, then go 4 blocks to Table Mountain Road. Oasis Apartments is on the north side of the road.
Elliot: That’s a huge place, right? Where is apartment 1104?
George: I’m in building A, just north of the swimming pool.
Elliot: OK, I should be there in about 40 minutes.
George: OK, I’ll see you soon.

Practice Activities

A local library
The nearest McDonalds
The nearest hospital
Your house
Your place of business or school

To find other conversation activities and dialogues for giving directions take a look at:
Conversation Made Easy OR Talk, Talk, Talk

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Resources for Teaching
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