How to Give Directions
You know how to ASK for directions, but what happens when an English speaker asks YOU for directions. This is not a time for small talk. Give only basic directions with short phrases. Do the best you can. Questions you may hear How do I get to Main Street? Where is the closest gas station? If you know the way… Use basic English to offer directions. The easiest way is to… The quickest way is to… The best way is to… go + direction (right, left, down, up, through) take + road name turn + right/left stay on + road name for + distance or time Examples: The easiest way is to go right on Commercial Avenue. Use transitions Separate each leg of the route with a transition. after that then next when you get to…go… finally Offer “Ballpark Figures” (rough estimates of time or length of travel) Some people feel better knowing how long it will take to get from A to B. It’s just around the corner (not far). Use landmarks Tell the person what to watch for. You will see a large clock on the right.
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