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One of the main goals in parenting is to help the little ones become independent. Such a task is not easy to manage, but teaching them about giving and asking for directions puts the parents one step closer to the final goal. With this, they get to know how to move around thus becoming more confident about themselves. 

When learning how to give directions to a location, kids also practice some valuable skills such as how to navigate the town and, of course, city vocabulary. It's important to take baby steps while teaching this topic, starting first with moving left or right, or up and down.

After this is advisable to talk about directions vocabulary such as roundabouts or sidewalks, and common expressions for giving and asking for directions in English like "turn left" or "go straight". By doing this they'll be able to start making more precise sentences to communicate their thoughts. 

Here you'll find information related about this topic, and also useful phrases to give and ask for directions. Remember to practice the prepositions , which are also used when giving directions in English.



Giving directions in English


Go straight - Giving Directions

go straight

Go straight on Main Street. 

Turn left -Giving Directions

turn left

Turn left on the supermarket.

Turn right - Giving Directions

turn right

Turn right on the next corner.

Go past - Giving Directions

go past

Go past the cinema and you'll find the library.

Cross - Giving Directions

cross

If you cross the street, you'll find a bookstore there!

go along

Go along the main road until you find the gas station.

around the corner

The museum is just around the corner.;

between

You can find the coffee shop between the office building and the movie theater. 

behind

There's a nice park behind the parking lot.

turn back / go back

If you get to the bridge, you went to far, you'll have to turn back.

go down

Go down the hill and you'll find the entrance to the park.

go over

To get to the building, you have to go over the walkway.

go through 

Take a shortcut to the school going through the park.

go up

Go up the hill and you'll find the bus stop.

in front of

The market is in front of the City Hall.

beside

My school is beside a small park.

near

I live near the forest.



Asking for directions in English


Excuse me, where is the...?

Excuse me, how do I get to...?

Excuse me, is there a ______ near here?

How do I get to...? 

What's the way to...?

Where is _____ located?



Directions Vocabulary


Roundabout -Giving Directions

roundabout

Sidewalk - Giving Directions

sidewalk

Zebra crossing - Giving Directions

zebra crossing

Traffic lights - Giving Directions

traffic lights

street

avenue

road

corner

sidewalk

highway

crossroad

junction

T-junction

signpost

walkway

intersection

bridge

country road

exit ramp

freeway

lane

overpass

alley

boulevard

tunnel



Giving Directions Printable Flashcards

Giving directions vocabulary cards


To further practice the vocabulary for giving directions, remember to check the names of places in town and also the different parts of a building . Let's keep learning!

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