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A woman asking for directions


In this programme, we look at language you can use when asking for and giving directions.

We listen to our reporter Helen as she tries to find her way around London and the office and we look at different expressions she hears on her journeys 

When you've listened to the programme, don't forget to practise what you've learned with the quizzes below!

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Asking and giving directions

You will find these English expressions useful if you are lost or want to get to a particular place or give directions to others.

Asking directions

excuse me, could you tell me how to get to …?

the bus station

excuse me, do you know where the … is?

post office

I'm sorry, I don't know

sorry, I'm not 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?


Giving directions

it's this way

it's that way

you're going the wrong way

you're going in 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 (one mile is approximately 1.6 kilometres)

continue past the fire station

you'll pass a supermarket on your left

keep going for another …

hundred yards (about 91 metres)

two hundred metres

half mile (about 800 metres)


it'll be …

on your left

on your right

straight ahead of you

How far is it?

how far is it?

how far is it to …?

the airport

how far is it to … from here?

the beach

is it far?

is it a long way?

it's …

not far

quite close

quite a long way

a long way on foot

a long way to walk

about a mile from here (one mile is approximately 1.6 kilometres)

Giving directions to drivers

follow the signs for …

the town centre


continue straight on past some traffic lights

at the second set of traffic lights, turn left

go over the roundabout

take the second exit at the roundabout

turn right at the T-junction

go under the bridge

go over the bridge

you'll cross some railway lines

Last edited: 01/12/2015

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