Directions, getting around, housing and neighbourhoods


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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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.

Asking and giving directions, by Edite Tentere

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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.
  • 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)

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