How to Give Directions in English: Advanced English Lesson

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Vanessa: ... Excuse me. Do  
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you know where room 302 is? Did you just freeze  in fear because you weren't sure what to say?  
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Never fear. Today, I'm here to  help you. Let's talk about it. 
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Hi, I'm Vanessa from SpeakEnglishWithVanessa.com.  And today you are going to learn how to really ask  
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and give directions in English. Now, probably  a long time ago in your first English classes,  
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you learned turn right, go straight. But the  reality is nowadays we all use a GPS when we're  
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navigating around a new city. So this isn't really  the most useful way to learn directions, but we do  
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still ask for directions in different places.  For example, if you get a job at a new office,  
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you might need to ask, "Oh, excuse me, where's  the printer paper." Or if you're going to a zoo,  
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you might say, "Hey, excuse me, can you point  me in the direction of the elephants?" We still  
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ask for directions and you need to be able to ask  politely and answer correctly as well. So that's  
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what you're going to learn in today's lesson. And like always, I have created a free  
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PDF worksheet to help you remember all of  today's questions, answers, phrases, ideas,  
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and you can answer Vanessa's challenge question  at the bottom of the PDF worksheet. You can click  
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on the link in the description to download that  free PDF worksheet today. Let's get started by  
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asking some common questions for directions. The  first set are very direct, but we can always add,  
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excuse me, to the beginning to be a little more  polite. Excuse me. My ticket says platform six.  
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Where is that? What a lovely direct question.  Excuse me. I'm a new employee. Where do I go?  
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This is a lovely question. Where do I go? If  you get invited to someone's house and then you  
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realize you don't know where it is, you can say,  "I realize I haven't been to your house before.  
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How do I get there?" How do I get there?  
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Or in the office, you might ask, "Excuse  me, where's the paper for the copy machine."  
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Where's the paper for the copy machine? Beautiful.  Let's go on to some more polite questions that are  
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slightly longer, but you can do it. Excuse  me. Can you tell me how to get to platform  
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six? Can you tell me how to get to platform six?  Excuse me, where can I find the toilet paper?  
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Excuse me, where can I find the toilet paper?  If it's the year 2020, the answer is nowhere.  
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Excuse me. I'm looking for Dr. Smith's office.  Excuse me. I'm trying to find Dr. Smith's office.  
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Now, this looks like a statement, but really  when you are approaching someone else, it is  
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perceived as a question. So if you came up to  me and said, excuse me, I'm looking for Dr.  
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Smith's office. I would know, oh, you're lost. You can't find his office. And I might say,  
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all right, it's right over there. Excuse me, can  you help me find my classroom? I'm lost. Can you  
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help me find my classroom? And our last question  is a little bit long, but it's quite common.  
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Excuse me, can you point me in the direction  of the exit? Can you point me in the direction  
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of the exit? So here, you're not asking  them to go there with you and to show you  
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exactly where it is, you just want them to point,  Hey, it's generally over that way. Can you point  
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me in the direction of the exit? You might even  ask this at the grocery store too if you don't  
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want the employee to have to stop what they're  doing and then go all the way with you to show  
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you where the breakfast cereal is. You might  just say, excuse me, can you point me in the  
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direction of the breakfast cereal? This is a great question to ask.  
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Now that we've talked about some common questions  for asking for directions, let's talk about giving  
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directions, giving an answer. Now, these  might be things that you need to understand  
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because someone will tell them to you and you  need to remember them so you can find your way,  
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or someone might be asking you, "Hey, how do I  get there?" And you need to know how to respond.  
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We're going to be taking a look at a couple common  situations where we still ask for directions. The  
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first one is inside a building, specifically in a  school. What if someone asked you this question? 
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Dan: "Excuse me, where's room 302.  
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Excuse me, where's room 302? Vanessa: 
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Would you know how to respond to that? Well, let  me give you an example. Go up to the third floor  
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through the double doors and down the hall and  it will be on the right. Here, we use a lot of  
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prepositions. Go up to the third floor through  the double doors, down the hall. This is a fixed  
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expression that we often, use down the hall. It's  not exactly going downhill, but it doesn't matter,  
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down the hall and it will be on the right,  or maybe it will be on the left. Great. The  
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next place where we often ask for directions is  in a grocery store. What if someone asked you  
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this question? Would you know what to say? Dan: 
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Excuse me, where can I find the organic breakfast  cereal? Excuse me? Where can I find the organic  
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breakfast cereal? Vanessa: 
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Well, if you work at that grocery store, you  could say the organic breakfast cereal is over  
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on aisle three, near the canned  fruit, on the top shelf. Here,  
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again, we are using wonderful prepositions  in context. It's over on aisle three,  
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near the canned fruit, on the top shelf. If you'd  like to learn more grocery store vocabulary,  
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you can check out this video I made where  I walked around an American grocery store  
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and talked about everything that I saw and  tried to give you a lot of common vocabulary,  
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phrases, cultural tips, and everything that you  need to know about in American grocery store. 
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Let's go to our next scenario. Let's imagine that  you're visiting a new city and you're staying with  
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a host and you'd like to ask the host some  advice, what if you asked this question? 
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Dan: Can you help me find a good coffee shop?  
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Can you help me find a good coffee shop? Vanessa: 
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Well, first of all, great question.  Congratulations on asking a good question.  
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The next thing is you would need to understand  the answer and someone might say to you, "Head  
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down the street." Oh, does this sound familiar?  It sounds similar to down the hall. It's a very  
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similar expression. Head down the street a  couple blocks. You can't miss it. Oh, I hate  
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it when people say that because usually you miss  it. But this is a common verb, to head somewhere.  
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It means you and your head are going in that  direction. Head down the street a couple blocks. 
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This is usually for kind of defined streets,  but you know what, we use this generally too.  
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Maybe you pass one street or two streets or three  streets. This is a couple blocks. This is a very  
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American term. Head down the street, a couple  blocks. You can't miss it. Let's take a look  
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at our next situation, which is in the zoo. We  recently went to the zoo and our kids were asking  
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us nonstop the whole time. "Where's this? How can  we see this? When are we going to see this?" So  
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if you find yourself at a zoo, you  might be asking a question like this. 
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Dan: Can you  
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point me in the direction of the elephants? Can  you point me in the direction of the elephants? 
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Vanessa: And I can answer you by saying,  
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"To get to the elephants. You need to go through  the primate exhibit, turn left at the reptile  
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house, and loop around the safari exhibit."  Oh, we've got lovely prepositions. Through the  
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primate house. So you got to open the doors, go  through the primate house, and then you need to  
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turn left at the reptile house and loop around.  So this is imagining that there is probably  
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like a sidewalk that goes around the safari.  Loop around the safari, and then over there,  
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that's where you're going to see the elephants. Next, let's look at asking for directions  
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in a park. What if I asked you this question?  Would you know how to respond to me? 
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Dan: Do you know where the park bathroom is?  
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Do you know where the park bathroom is? Vanessa: 
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All right. It might be an urgent situation. So  you need to know exactly how to give the right  
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directions. You might say you need to follow the  path around the park, past the splash pad and the  
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bathrooms are right next to the merry-go-round.  This is a common expression we often use:  
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Right next to. We're not talking about right  and left, we're talking about immediately  
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next to the merry-go-round. So when someone  says I'm right next to my car, it doesn't  
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mean they're on the right side of their car, it  just means they're immediately beside their car. 
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So we could say, you need to follow the path  around, go past the splash pad. We often use  
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this expression. You're going to need to pass  some things. Go past the splash pad and the  
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bathrooms are right next to the merry-go-round.  Good luck. Let's take a look at the next scenario,  
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which is at a concert or a sporting event or  at a theater where you have a ticket that has  
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a specific seat saved for you but the area is  just too big, you can't find it. So you need  
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to ask someone for directions. You might  ask a really polite question like this. 
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Dan: Excuse me, could you help me find my seat?  
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Excuse me, could you help me find my seat? Vanessa: 
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The person who's working there might say,  oh right, let me take a look at your ticket.  
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Your ticket says, okay, you are in section 105,  row 12, seats J and K. So to get to section 105,  
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you need to go up the ramp to 105, then go  up the stairs to row 12 and then go about  
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midway across the row and you'll find seats J  and K. Whew. This is going to be tough to find.  
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We have some great expressions: up the ramp, up  the stairs, and midway over. Midway over means  
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about in the middle of the row, you're going  to find seats J and K, and that will be where  
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you need to go. Let's take a look at our last  situation where you might ask for directions. And  
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that is on transportation. I know I have been lost  countless times on transportation and have needed  
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to ask for directions just because, especially  when you're in a new place, transportation can be  
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confusing. So, you might need to ask a  very polite question. Something like this. 
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Dan: Excuse me, can you help me find where to go?  
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Excuse me, can you help me find where to go? Vanessa: 
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Let's imagine you're at a busy train  station, but you are completely lost.  
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So you ask someone for directions and they  say to you, oh, it looks like on your ticket,  
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you need to go to platform six. Okay, go down the  stairs, turn to the left, and follow the signs  
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for platform six. This is a common phrase that  we often use. Look for the signs for platform  
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six or follow the signs for platform six. You  might even use this while you're driving. Follow  
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the signs for New York City. You can't miss it.  Follow the signs for platform six. Then look for  
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train 34, look for train 34. This is giving you a  specific piece of instructions, not just look for  
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the signs, but look for train 34 and that will  be exactly where you need to go. Whew. That was  
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a lot of directions. I hope if you felt lost,  now, you feel like you have found your way. 
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Well, I have a quick question for you, in  the comments, can you give me directions to  
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your favorite cafe? Can you use some of today's  expressions to give me directions so that I can  
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find it because I really need a nice cup of tea?  Well, like always, you can download today's free  
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PDF worksheet. There is a link in the description  with all of today's directional questions  
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and how to give directions. You can print  it out. You could even put it in your bag  
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so that next time you travel, you will be  absolutely prepared and you will know the  
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right phrases to use and you won't get lost. There is a link in the description so you can  
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download the free PDF worksheet today. Well,  thank you so much for learning English with me,  
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and I'll see you again next Friday for a new  lesson here on my YouTube channel. Bye. The next  
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step is to download the free PDF worksheet for  this lesson. With this free PDF, you will master  
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today's lesson and never forget what you have  learned. You can be a confident English speaker.  
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Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel  for a free English lesson every Friday. Bye.
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