Free Trial Lesson – Expert: Asking and Giving Directions

USEFUL EXPRESSIONS

Let’s practice some expressions. Please read them aloud.

READ

1. Could you tell me where the bus station is?
2. Do you know how I can get to Dante’s Pizzeria from here?
3. How far is the pizzeria from here?
4. Where are you headed?
5. Walk along this street, and a block from here, there is a bus station.

READING ALOUD

Let’s read the dialogue. I will play the role of a local and you will play the role of a tourist. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

READ

Good afternoon, miss. Do you know how I can get to Dante’s Pizzeria from here? I’m afraid I’m lost.
Good afternoon, mister. You’re headed to Dante’s Pizzeria, you mean?

Yes, I am. I will meet my friends there. I took a detour and decided to see the Roman Colosseum, now I don’t know how to get there from here.
There are a lot of restaurants here in the piazza, so I’m not sure where exactly Dante’s Pizzeria is. Do you know which building it’s near to or which street its located?

Let me show you my map. It’s near the Basilica di San Clemente.
Oh, I know this place. Walk along this street, and a block from here, there is a bus station. The buses there passes the Via Labicana road. Tell the bus driver to drop you off the basilica. Walk along Via dei Normanni, and you’ll find the Ministry of Finance building. Dante’s Pizzeria is around that complex.

I see. Thank you so much for your help, miss.
CHECK YOUR UNDERSTANDING

Please answer the questions based on the dialogue.

ANSWER

1. How did the tourist lost his way to his destination?
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2. How will the tourist get to his destination?
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GUESS THE MEANING

Choose the correct meaning of the underlined word in each sentence.
ANSWERS
  1. b
  2. a
  3. c

ANSWER

1. The plaza is a five-minute walk from my apartment.
a. a restaurant
b. a public square or market place
c. a government building
2. I took a detour when I saw how heavy the traffic in the main road.
a. to take a long route
b. to cancel one’s travelling schedule
c. to go back to where one originally came from
2. The government complex is not far from here.
a. a backyard
b. a road
b. a group of buildings
CONVERSATION PRACTICE

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions.

ANSWER

1. What is the first thing that you do when you have difficulty getting to your destination?
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2. Do you think it is important to learn the local language when travelling abroad?
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3. Have you ever gotten lost while traveling? If so, tell me about it.
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SITUATION QUESTIONS

Please tell me what you would do given the following situations.

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1. You got lost in a foreign country and you didn’t know how to get back to your hotel. How would you deal with the situation?
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2. A tourist was trying to ask you how he could get to his destination. He had a map with him, but he could not speak your language well. What would you do?
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3. You were on a vacation tour in a foreign country when suddenly, someone snatched your bag and ran off. What would you do to retrieve your stolen bag from the robber?
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