How to Give Directions in English

Prepositions of Place

How to Ask for and Give Directions in English

Learning how to ask and give direction sin English is quite helpful when we or somebody is a little lost.

In this guide you are going to learn

  • How to Give Directions in the City
  • How to Give Directions inside a building

To learn how to ask for and give directions in English, you need to be familiar with:

  • Prepositions of place
  • Wh-Questions
  • Simple Present

#1 How to Ask for Directions in English

These are some common expressions to ask for directions in English

  1. How do I get to the police station
  2. What’s the best way to get to the supermarket?
  3. Where is the church?
  4. Could you tell me where the shoe store is?
  5. Do you know where the post office is?
  6. Where can I find the nearest bakery?
  7. Is there a shop around here?

#2 How to Give Directions in English

These are some common vocabulary to give directions in English

Go straight on Turn back
It is this wayIt is that way
Go under the bridgeGo over the bridge
Go backTurn left
Turn RightGo along
CrossTake the first road on the right
OppositeTake the second road on the left
Next toBetween
At the endBehind
In front of Just around the corner

Giving Directions in English: Examples

  1. The bank is on the main street.
  2. The hospital is around the corner.
  3. Go North for two blocks.
  4. The Supermarket is on the main avenue.
  5. Walk straight for two miles.
  6. Drive for three kilometers
  7. The school is between the park and the bank
  8. Cross the street
  9. Get to the supermarket
  10. The hotel is in front of the school

Examples of Giving Directions in English

A.Go straight on. Then take the first left on to Green Street. Walk past the library and it’s the building next to the library on the left. 

B.Go straight on. Go past the traffic lights. You will see a shop on the right. Go past that and it’s on the right next to the shop.  

C.Go straight on. Go past the traffic lights and go straight on until you get to the roundabout. At the roundabout turn left. Go past the theatre. It’s the building next to the theatre, opposite the hospital.  

How to Give Directions Inside Buildings

Giving Directions Inside Buildings

This is some key vocabulary to give directions inside buildings

  1. Go forward
  2. turn left/ right at the corner
  3. walk along
  4. walk straight ahead
  5. upstairs
  6. downstairs
  7. take the elevator
  8. go in
  9. go out
  10. go through
  11. it’s right here
  12. it’s on your right /left
  13. it’s the second door on your right

Prepositions of Place

  1. next to
  2. in front of
  3. behind
  4. near
  5. close
  6. across from

Places Inside the Building

These are some of the most common places that you can find inside a building and that can be useful when you have to give a direction inside one.

DepartmentLaboratory
Administration OfficeCafeteria
HallClassrom
RestroomRecreational areas
BuildingCampus
Copy CenterLunch room
ReceptionConference Room

Asking for Directions inside Buildings

These are some ways to ask for directions inside buildings

  1. Where is the computer room?
  2. Where is the public telephone?
  3. Excuse, where are the restrooms?
  4. Can you tell me where the public telephone is?
  5. How  do you get to the ATM?
  6. Do you know where English class is?
  7. Please tell me the directions to the elevator
  8. What are the directions to the Administration Office
  9. What is the way to the gym?
  10. I’m looking for the library
  11. How do I go to the Cafeteria?
  12. How can I get to the clothing store?

Expressions

  1. The restaurant is at the end of the hallway to the right.
  2. The elevators are straight ahead on the left
  3. The stairway is around the corner over there.
  4. -Go along the corridor / hall.
  5. Turn right at the end of the hall.
  6. Take the stairs down to the basement
  7. Go through the door.-
  8. It’s just through / past / after the door.
  9. Take the elevator up to the top floor.
  10. Go up to the fifth fl oor.
  11. Go straight ahead.

Dialogue: Give Locations Inside a Hotel 

  • Receptionist: Good Morning, How can I help you?
  • Guest: Can you tell me where the bar is?
  • Receptionist: It is near the dance room
  • Guest: Could you tell me how to get to the bar?
  • Receptionist: The bar is on the second floor. Please go straight along the hallway. Take the escalator up one floor. The bar is on your left.
  • Guest: Thanks a lot
  • Receptionist:  You are welcome
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