Wednesday, April 26, 2000

Directions, getting around, housing and neighbourhoods

Asking for directions

When you ask for directions, remember above all to be polite. So start by saying one of the following phrases:

  •  Hello. Can you help me, please?
  • Good morning. May I ask for some help?
  • Excuse me, could you help?

 Once you have someone’s attention, you can ask for help to reach your destination. You can do that by using one of these phrases:

  •  Could you tell me how to get to the bank?
  • Do you know where the museum is?
  • We can’t find the subway station. Is it near here?
  • Where can we find a park near here?

 If you’re not sure you’re going in the right direction, you can make sure by asking:

  •  Are we on the right road to the city center?
  • Is this the right way to the mall?
  • What’s the best way to get to the airport?

Giving directions

In the same way that you need to ask directions when you travel abroad, foreigners visiting your city might ask you directions, and what better way to practice English than to help them? 🙂

Here are some common phrases you can use:

  • Go past the cinema. (Pass the cinema.)
  • Go along this road.
  • Go straight on/ahead. (Stay on this road – don’t turn.)
  • Go through the tunnel.
  • At the roundabout, take the first exit.
  • Turn left at the crossroads.
  • Take the second right.
  • It’s on your left.
  • You’ll see it in front of you.
  • It’s on the other side of the road.
  • You’re going the wrong way.

Google Maps (Paris) - give directions to get around the city

The most important words and phrases are:

It’s also helpful to know some common places people visit in a city, such as the following:

Here are some examples:

  •  Go along the street until you reach the traffic lights.
  • You’ll see a bank on the left.
  • It’s about two blocks from here.
  • I prefer going to the airport on the highway because it’s faster.

 Some prepositions and adverbs can also help when you’re giving directions:

For example,

  •  My office building is in front of the mall.
  • Go straight on for about one kilometre.
  • The cinema is next to the bank.

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  3. Directions - prepositions
  4. Giving and asking for directions
  5. How to give directions
  6. Giving Directions - exercise
  7. Giving Directions - speaking game
  8. Talk English - directions
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  15. Directions game
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  17. Direction worksheets and exercises **

Housing, neighborhoods and directions lessons

Housing, neighborhoods and directions or “getting around” are three related ESL teaching topics that are appropriate for elementary learners. Students are able to engage with topics like these that are familiar and part of their everyday lives.


Travel (noun)

travel documentsOnce I forgot my travel documents and I missed my flight.
air/rail/space travelAir travel today is easier and more affordable than ever before.
overseas/international/foreign travelInternational travel allows us to see the world and learn about different cultures.
leisure/holiday travelIn my experience, holiday travel with small children is often stressful.
travel arrangements/plansMaking travel arrangements requires thorough planning: choosing travel dates, making reservations and planning activities.
travel agency/agentI have used travel agencies to help me plan trips in the past, but I prefer to do it myself.

travel (verb)

travel abroad
Travelling abroad has made me better appreciate my home country.
travel on businessAs a sales representative, I have to travel on business from time to time.
travel to (somewhere)I’ve always wanted to travel to Australia.
travel around/across/through (somewhere)We travelled through Portugal and into Spain.
travel by air/train/car/on footWe decided to travel by train since none of us wanted to drive
travel lightI always try to travel light.
travel the worldI wish I could travel the world.

holiday (noun)

go on/have/take a holidayI haven’t taken a holiday since I started my own business.
holiday destinationIn my opinion, tropical islands make for the best holiday destinations.
holiday arrangements/plansI believe that proper holiday arrangements are essential to making sure that everything goes smoothly on your holiday.
holiday photos/picturesPeople are often more concerned about taking the perfect holiday photo than enjoying the moment
summer holidaySummer holidays are usually enjoyable and fun-filled.
camping/skiing holidayI learned to ski on my first skiing holiday in Canada.

holiday (verb)

holiday in (somewhere)We are holidaying in Mexico this year.


Vocabulary sets related to travel & holidays

Now that we have looked at using the words ‘travel’ and ‘holiday’ in a variety of contexts, it’s time to explore two relevant sub-topics that can also help you to talk or write about travel and holidays on your IELTS. Keep in mind that this common theme may come up in any of the three parts of the Speaking module of the test: from talking about your travel experiences, to describing your dream holiday, to discussing international travel in more depth. In addition, you may have to write about travel and holidays for Writing Task 2. 

1. Tourism & holidays

word/phrasepart of speechmeaningcommon collocationsexamplepronunciation
campground (or campsite)nouna place where people can camp when on holidayforest/beach/lake/ mountain/river campground, family campgroundWhat I like the most about spending the summers in BC is its many beautiful family campgrounds./ˈkæmp.ɡraʊnd/
touristyadjectivea place where a lot of tourists go and it has many things for them to buy and do (often seen as something negative)touristy area/place/townMy hometown used to be a pretty little town, but now it’s become very touristy./ˈtʊr.ɪ.sti/
ecotourismnoungoing on holiday to places of natural beauty in a way that causes less damage to the environmentecotourism industry, ecotourism destination, encourage ecotourism,The ecotourism industry keeps growing as more and more people become aware of how damaging tourism can be to the environment.


2. Holiday arrangements

word/phrasepart of speechmeaningcommon collocationsexamplepronunciation
bookverbto arrange to have a seat, room, etc. at a specific time in the futurebook a flight/tickets/seats/a room, book early/in advance, book in/into (somewhere), be  booked up/be fully bookedWe wanted to stay at a hotel downtown but they were fully booked./bʊk/
in season (antonym: out of season)nounat the time of year when people want to travel or take a holiday

other collocations with ‘season’:

holiday/summer/tourist season, high season, low season, off-season

Naturally, hotel rooms are much more expensive in season./ˈsiː.zən/
rentalnounan arrangement to rent something such as a house, car or bikehouse/property rental, car/bike/boat rental, rental companyWhen planning a holiday, I always look for house rentals near the city./ˈren.t̬əl/
  • Directions 1 (easy) - Révision des prépositions et des magasins (esl-lab)
  • Directions 3 (medium) - Révision des prépositions (esl-lab)
  • Directions 2 (difficult) - Utilisation des prépositions (esl-lab)
  • A story with a cat and a mouse - read to you. (révision des prépositions) - (kizclub)

  • Directions (with exercises) - (esl-lab) :
    - Directions 1 (E)
    - Getting Around Tokyo (E)
    - Directions 3 (M)
    - Where's the movie theater? (D)
    - Directions 2 (D)
    - Taking the Train (E)

Vocabulary : 

INTERACTIVE exercises :