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Learn to ask for or give directions in Simple English

Feb 26, 2018 10:21 IST


    In your day-to-day life you will come across many situations where you will be required to ask for directions or give directions to someone in English. In this video we will share some common and easy phrases that will help you to effectively give directions and receive directions in Simple English.

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    Ask directions

    Here are some phrases and expressions that can be used while asking for directions:

    •    How can I get to the Metro Station from here?
    •    Could you tell me how to get to the Railway Station?
    •    Can you show me the way to the Hospital?
    •    Excuse me! Do you know where the bookstore is?
    •    What’s the best way to get to the Community Centre?
    •    What’s the fastest way to reach the Airport?
    •    How far is it to the stadium from here?
    •    Excuse me! Where is the Post Office?
    •    What street is this?
    •    Is this the way to the Police Station?
    •    Is there a Supermarket near here?
    •    Can you give me directions to the nearest Petrol Pump?
    •    Are we on the right road for Jaipur?
    •    How far is it to the Temple from here?
    •    Is it a long way to walk?

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    Give Directions

    Here are some phrases and expressions that can be used while giving directions:

    •    It’s this / that way.
        Take this / that road.
    •    Yes, you are going in the right direction.
        No, you are going the wrong way.
    •    It is just around the corner.
    •    It is quite near.
    •    It is not far from here.
    •    Take the second on the right.
    •    Take the left at the traffic lights.
    •    Go past the girls’ high school.
    •    Go straight ahead for about half a kilometer.
    •    The fire station will be on your left.
    •    The library will be on your right.
    •    Yes, it is quite a long way. You will have to hire a taxi.
    •    It is about a kilometer from here.

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    Let us learn through a conversation how one can ask for or give directions in Simple English:


    Ask Direction Hello, could you please tell me where the nearest McDonald’s here is?

    Give Direction    Yes, it is not far from here.

    Ask Direction Can you tell me the route from here?

    Give Direction    Yes, of course.

    Ask Direction Which way do I have to go now?

    Give Direction    You need to go straight on this road.

    Ask Direction  Do I need to take any turn?

    Give Direction     Take a left from t-point and then first right.

    Give Direction      After that take first left and then go straight.

    Give Direction      McDonald's will be on your left side.

    Ask Direction   How far is McDonald's from here?

    Give Direction      It is around 3 km away from here.

    Ask Direction   Will there be a lot of traffic in that area?

    Give Direction      Yes, you will find traffic there.

    Ask Direction   Thank you for helping me.

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    So, now you know how easy it is to ask for or give directions in Simple English. Mantra is to be confident in your conversations and don’t hesitate to ask for or give directions in English.

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