Directions (walking)

Useful vocabulary and phrases


Excuse me, how do I get to…?Excuse me, do you know the way to…?
Excuse me, could you tell me how to get to…?Excuse me, what’s the best/quickest way to…?
Excuse me, could you tell me how I get to…?Excuse, sorry to bother you, but could you tell me how do I get to (place)?


it’s about a (how long) walkyou’re better off taking a cab
on foot, it’ll probably take you about (how long)you’ve already gone past it
the number …bus goes there
take a right/leftgo past (place)
take a right/left on to (street)go over (street)
take the (first/second/third) right/leftgo across (street)
keep heading along/down this roadat (the bank/the corner/the lights/the crossroads), take a right/left
go straight aheadon (street), take a right/left
go straight ahead until you see …
it’s on the right/leftit’s the first/last (building/house) on the right/left
it’s straight in front of youyou can’t miss it
it’s next to (place)it’s a bit hard to see/spot, but you should find it


Dialogue 1

“Excuse me, do you know the way to Carlton Street?”
“Sure. Keep heading down this road, then take a right at the traffic lights. Then it’s your next left.”
“Thanks very much.”
“No problem.”

Dialogue 2

“Excuse me. Could you tell me how to get to the farmers’ market?”
“Oh, that is a bit of a walk. It’ll take you about 25 minutes.”
“That’s OK.”
“Well, head along this road until you reach Milford Avenue, then take a right. Then go along that for about 10 minutes until you get to Westlake Road. You should see signs for it then.”
“OK, thanks a lot. Hopefully I’ll find it”

Dialogue 3

“Excuse me, I’m a bit lost. Do you know how to get to Finchly Park?”
“Ah, you’ve already gone past it. Head back the way you came, and take a right onto York Terrace. Then just head along that for five minutes and it is on your right.”
“That’s great, thanks.”

Dialogue 4

“Excuse me. How do I get to Moore’s Road?”
“Sorry, I’m not from around here.”
“Ok, thanks anyway.”