Asking for Directions in English

Asking for Directions in English

 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.

“How do I get to …” – This is the simplest way to ask someone for directions. When you use this phrase, the other person will either tell you which mode of transport (bus, underground) to take or will explain your route.

“Could you tell me the best way to get to …” – This is a very polite way to ask for directions.

“Where exactly am I?” – Now, if you are travelling to an English speaking country and you ask for directions, you still might get lost. And in order to get new directions, you might need to find out where exactly you are, for example which street you are on. If this is the case, ask this particular question.

“What is the quickest way to get to …” – Let’s pretend you have to catch a bus and this bus comes at certain times in the day. So you need to get to the bus stop quickly. If you need to go somewhere fast, ask this question.

“Where is …” – This phrase is also useful when asking for directions. I use this phrase mostly with “Where is the bathroom.” Usually, this phrase is used when you know you are very close to your destination, you just need a little guidance in finding the place.

Now you are ready to travel to an English speaking country and to ask for directions. Enjoy your travels and have fun!