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Hi Tim here with another

nine-to-five English lesson

In today's lesson. We're going to learn how to ask for and give directions

It would be great if the map apps on our phones were perfect but

even with the help of technology we can get confused in a new city a new neighborhood or a

new office building and

When we do we need to be able to ask for help

One simple way to ask for directions is to ask if someone knows where something is

Or you can just say that you're looking for a certain place

Whether it's a building or a room inside a building

One other polite way to ask for directions is with the expression

Could you tell me how to get to a place?

Why don't we try some of these expressions for asking for directions

Listen to each example then repeat it for yourself ready. Let's get started

Could you tell me how to get to the library

Do you know where the Omega Hotel is

Sorry, I'm looking for the meeting room

What's the best way to get to the nearest subway station

As

You heard sometimes you don't know exactly

Where you're going?

That you need a certain kind of place like a subway station in that case

We often ask for the nearest one

Now there are actually two kinds of questions

Here if you ask someone the best way to get somewhere you're looking for directions

If you ask where is a place you're asking for?

Location you need to be able to answer both kinds of questions

Giving directions is pretty simple

You can just tell the person where to go using expressions like go straight

turn right or

Turn left

Then you mentioned the street the person is to go straight on or where they should turn

let's give these expressions a try remember to repeat the examples after you hear them just

Head straight down Burnett Avenue for about 200 meters

Turn right when you come to the Royal Bank

Take a left on Westside road

You'll have to go up a floor and then down the hall

You might have noticed a couple of other verbs that we use to give directions

First you might tell someone to head in a certain direction in this

situation head just means go

the other verb we use

instead of turn left or right

is

Take a left or right

All right, that's directions. What about location?

How can you tell someone exactly?

where something is

Well in that case you need some location words

like a cross from to the left of at the corner and

between

We use these expressions to describe where something is in relation to something else

Let's practice these expressions and you'll see what I mean about

Describing location. Once again, repeat the examples you hear

It's right across from the Nike store

It's just to the left of the cafeteria

It's at the corner of 5th and Kings way

It's between sprout cafe and the Korean restaurant

Can you see how that works now

one thing that can be confusing is when we say right across from

That doesn't mean right as in turn right or left

it means

Directly across from something not a little to one side

but directly across from

Okay, we've practiced some useful expressions

now

Let's hear how this sounds in a conversation. Let's listen to a short dialogue

between Tim and

Zahra

Tim is asking for directions to a place

Called the Cascade

Building let's listen

Could you tell me how to get to the Cascade building

Sure, just head straight down Ellis Street for 100 meters

Thanks, and is it on the left or the right of the street

It's on the left right across from the subway station

Pretty simple, right

Zara uses one expression for giving directions and

Another for describing the location of the building

Now it's your turn to practice

Will repeat the dialogue but this time we're going to beep out the second speakers words

You will have to say those parts yourself

Remember to tell Tim to head straight down Ellis Street for 100 meters

Then tell him that the building is right across from the subway station

Could you tell me how to get to the Cascade building

Thanks, and is it on the left or the right of the street

All right that about does it for this lesson

we've learned some great ways to ask for and give

directions until

Next time so long and happy learning

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