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How to ask and give directions in English

1. Useful phrases: Asking for directions

  • Could you tell me how to get to…?

  • How do I find…?

  • Pardon me, I’m lost, how do I get to…?

  • Which is the best way to…?

  • Could you direct me to…?

  • How do I get to…?

  • What’s the best way to…?

  • Where is…?

  • Excuse me, How can I go to…?

  • Can you tell me the way to…?

  • Excuse me, could you tell me how to get to the bus station

  • Excuse me, do you know where the post office?

  • Are you from around here?

  • I’m looking for this address

  • Are we on the right road for…?

  • Is this the right way for…

  • Do you have a map?

  • Can you show me on the map?

2. Useful phrases: Giving directions

  • The easiest way is to…

  • The quickest way is to…

  • The best way is to…

  • Turn back/ Go back

  • Turn left/ right (into…-street/at the end of…)

  • Go along…

  • Cross…

  • Take the first/ second road on the left/right

  • It’s on the left/right.

  • Go up/down

  • It’s about 50 meters from here

  • It’s on you right/left

  • It’s in the middle of the block

  • It’s on the corner

  • It’s next to/ across/ between/ in front of…

  • Drive to… street and turn left/right

  • Go straight ahead…

  • It’s this way/that way

  • You’re going the wrong way

  • You’re going the wrong direction

  • Take this road

  • Go down there

  • Take the first on the left

  • Take the second on the right

  • Turn right at the crossroads

  • Continue straight ahead for about a mile

  • Continue past the fire station

  • You’ll pass a supermarket on your left

  • It’ll be on your left/right

3. Useful phrases: How far is it?

Is it far (From here)?

  • Is it a long way?

  • How far is it to the airport?

  • It’s not far (From here).

  • It’s just around the corner.

  • It’s quite close.

  • It’s quite a long way.

  • It takes a while.

  • It’s a long way on foot.

  • It’s a long way to walk.

  • It’s about a five-minute walk.

  • It’s about a ten-minute walk.

  • It’s about a twenty-minute bus ride.

  • It’s about a mile from here.

4. Useful phrases: If you can’t help

I’m sorry, I don’t know.

  • Sorry, I’m not from around here.

  • I’m afraid I can’t help you.

  • You could ask the bus driver.

5. Useful phrases: Offer warnings

Stay in the right lane

  • It’s a very busy road.

  • It’s a big hill (if they are walking or on a bike)

  • There might be construction.

  • If you pass the…you went too far.

  • There’s no parking.

6. Useful phrases: Offer another solution

  • You could ask the bus driver.

  • Ask the front desk clerk.

  • Follow me. I’ll show you the way.

  • Do you want me to draw you a map?

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