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9-F) Giving directions (New English File) UNIT 9 lesson F
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- Excuse me, where's King's Street, please?
- Sorry, I don't know.

- Excuse me, is King's Street near here?
- King's Street? It's near here but I don't know exactly where. Sorry
- Thank you.

- Excuse me, can you tell me the way to King's Street?
- Yes. Go straight on, go past the church and then turn left at the traffic lights, and then I think it's the second on the right.
- Sorry, could you say that again, please.
- Yes. Go straight on, go past the church and then turn left at the traffic lights, and then I think it's the second on the right.
- Thank you.

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- Ok, it's this street... Oh, no, it isn't. I'm sure she said the first on the right.
- No, she said the second on the right. Relax, Ally.
- Look, let's ask that man there.
- I don't think he knows, he's a tourist.
- Just ask him, please.
- Ok, ok. Excuse me. We're lost. Do you know where King's Street is?
- Sorry, I don't live here, I'm a tourist.
- See? I was right.
- Ok, let's try the second on the right.

- Here it is, King's Street. I knew she said the second on the right.
- There's the restaurant. Donatello's. Can you see anywhere to park?
- That white car is going over there. Do you think you can park in this place?
- Are you saying I can't park?
- Ally, I'm only joking.
- Ok, ok, I'm sorry.

-------------------- USEFUL EXPRESSIONS TO LEARN --------------------

ASKING FOR DIRECTIONS

Excuse me...
    Where is ...?
    How do I get to ...?
    What's the way to ...?
    Can you tell me the way to... ?

GIVING DIRECTIONS

movement:
Go straight on (until you come to ...).
Turn left/right (into ...-street).
Take the 1st turning on the left/right
Take the first/second road on the left/right
Go along/down [a street]
Go on for 3 blocks and then...
Cross [a street]
Go straight on/ahead
Go past the traffic lights
You can't miss it.

location:
It's on the left/right.
It's opposite X
It's near X
It's next to X
It's between X and X
It's at the end of [a street]
It's on/at the corner of X
It's behind X
It's in front of X
It's (just) around the corner
careful!: it's right here/there = it's exactly here/there   (different from: it's here on the right)

EXAMPLE

- Excuse me, can you tell me the way to the station?
- Sure. Go straight ahead and take the second turning on the right. Then go down the street until you see a church. Turn left at the church and the station is on the right, next to the post office and opposite a big bank. You can't miss it.
- Thanks a lot. Bye.

ACTIVITIES TO LEARN AND PRACTICE:

useful phrases and vocabulary with pictures: useful phrases
Some little exercises: Directions 1, Directions 2, Directions 3
BBC World Service: Giving directions

 
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