Giving directions

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Go straight on. Then take the first left on to Green Street. Walk past the library and it’s the building next to the library on the left.

Go straight on. Go past the traffic lights. You will see a shop on the right. Go past that and it’s on the right next to the shop.

Go straight on. Go past the traffic lights and go straight on until you get to the roundabout. At the roundabout turn left. Go past the theatre. It’s the building next to the theatre, opposite the hospital.

Go straight on. Go past the traffic lights and take the second right on to King’s Road. Go past the bookshop. It’s the building next to the bookshop opposite the café.


What do you do when you get lost in a town or city?

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Submitted by ANIBAL RAMIREZ on Wed, 08/30/2023 - 03:47

If I can't get to an address, I'll use google map or ask someone along the way.

Submitted by thatskyling_ on Mon, 05/01/2023 - 02:12

If I got lost, I would call my parents first and then try to navigate my way home by using Google Maps.

Submitted by Märcu on Fri, 04/28/2023 - 13:55


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Submitted by TrollFace on Tue, 04/04/2023 - 15:07

This guy in part C tells so fast, but I can hear him, if you can't hear him you can listen again and never give up!

Submitted by Fencingisthebest on Thu, 02/09/2023 - 16:38

If I got lost I would probably call my parents first and, then, I would go on Google Maps to find directions.

Submitted by pomelo on Thu, 01/26/2023 - 06:51

When I get lost in city, I use google map or I ask for directions to someone

Submitted by ahgima099 on Mon, 09/05/2022 - 09:26

When I get lost in city, I use google map and ask some people for directions.

Submitted by Turtle08 on Sun, 08/28/2022 - 13:22

If I got lost, I would use Google maps, but I've never got lost.

Submitted by cherry00 on Fri, 07/22/2022 - 10:25

When I get lost in a city I use Google Maps or I ask to someone for directions.

Submitted by Baldbanana on Tue, 07/05/2022 - 10:27

I think I'll use Google maps or ask someone for direction. I never had situations like this.
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Submitted by FlowerQueen on Wed, 06/01/2022 - 14:11

I'm never alone in a city or a town, where I don't know the ways. I'm always with friends or my parents.

Submitted by ExtremeBoka on Wed, 03/02/2022 - 04:54

If I have data on my phone I use google maps but If I don't have enough data I have to ask for help and talk with people in the street.

Submitted by trungtnd on Tue, 01/25/2022 - 13:37

If I bring my phone, I will use google maps to find my way. If not, I'll ask the people who live there for directions.

Submitted by Ira1321 on Sun, 01/23/2022 - 18:42

I ask a passerby explaining me how can I get to the place I need

Submitted by Gayani on Sat, 11/20/2021 - 03:16

I don't think that asking the direction is a silly thing. nowadays all the people have iphones and computers so they can search the direction on the google map web site.

Submitted by Gayani on Sat, 11/20/2021 - 02:56

One day a little girl came to our home and asked how to goto the supermarket. I thought that she is new to the city. I told her to'' walk straight and tern left. then go straight and you will see a roundabout. tern right and there is the supermarket near the burger shop that you are looking for."she thanked me and she went from our house.five minutes later I heard a knock on our door there was the little girl who asked me how to go to the supermarket.she has brought me a kit kat.
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Submitted by Tato_Learner22 on Wed, 10/20/2021 - 22:36

I've never got lost in a city, and I hope it never happens me. I always ask my parents how to get to place or I use GPS.

Submitted by DanysGE on Fri, 04/16/2021 - 05:00

What do you do when you get lost in a town or city? When I get lost in a city I usually use Google maps or ask some people.

Submitted by ushka on Tue, 03/16/2021 - 10:09

When I get lost in a town or city I look at the map. If my map doesn't work I ask passers-by

Submitted by GGO_Toxic on Thu, 03/04/2021 - 18:12

I open google maps on my mobile phone and search directions and if i don't have my phone I ask people who don't seem suspicious.

Submitted by Yosselin_ensfep on Thu, 03/04/2021 - 04:17

when i get lost somewhere asked people who meet me on the way

Submitted by Raymundo_ensfep on Wed, 02/24/2021 - 16:34

if im lost in the town regularly i´m use google maps, but if i dont have battery i´m quetion the persons and check the place. waiting dont lost me more jeje

Submitted by Brianda_Ensfep on Wed, 02/24/2021 - 05:23

-When I get lost in a city, the first thing I do is take out my phone and go to the Google Maps application. -When I get lost in a town, I ask people for help to continue on my way.

Submitted by MoralesD_ensfep on Wed, 02/24/2021 - 00:10

When i get lost i use google maps app and get a taxi or ask my friend christian if he can take me for free

Submitted by Cris_leyva on Sat, 02/20/2021 - 22:23

I like to use waze because I work at UBER.

Submitted by JuanENSFEP on Sat, 02/20/2021 - 21:45

When i get lost i use the google maps or i ask to the people.
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Submitted by Amador_Ensfep on Sat, 02/20/2021 - 20:46

When I get lost in a village or city what I do is to put google maps to guide me to my destination so I don't get lost.

Submitted by Salma_09 on Sat, 02/20/2021 - 20:44

When I get lost in a town or city I recommend going to google maps and looking for the address.

Submitted by Salaz_Villa21 on Sat, 02/20/2021 - 20:08

The first thing I do use the Google Maps application and if I can't find anything, I ask people.

Submitted by Abstractartist on Mon, 02/01/2021 - 13:36

I use the google map to solve this problem.

Submitted by Fer1116 on Wed, 01/27/2021 - 05:38

I use Google Maps
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Submitted by Kostantinus on Tue, 01/12/2021 - 10:09

When I got lost in town or city I usually look at Google map app or ask some people to help me.

Submitted by Nooname on Sun, 12/27/2020 - 11:55

I call my family and they tell me the way out

Submitted by altair28 on Tue, 10/20/2020 - 01:25

when i get lost, the first thing i do is take out my phone and go to de Google Maps app, and when i dont have my phone i ask to other people for directions

Submitted by Alexadam66 on Tue, 09/08/2020 - 08:53

Thanks for posting about this, I would love to read more about this topic.

Submitted by Luna on Sat, 08/22/2020 - 13:18

l search for a map, l can aks people for directions or l can borrow for a mobile phone to call my parents

Submitted by martingh on Mon, 09/07/2020 - 02:04

I ask the person I consult for directions on how to get to a public building close to where I am going.

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Submitted by pln on Wed, 08/19/2020 - 13:57

if I am going to somewhere that I dunno, probably, I took my cellphone with me:) but if I can't find the place where I going to, I ask the people about there
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Submitted by Xuka on Wed, 08/19/2020 - 08:54

I usually use the Google Maps app to get the direction on my journey, and it's very useful. But in the case, my phone is out of battery, and I get lost in a town or a city, I think I'll ask the locals first. They'll take me some directions to reach my destination. Occasionally, normal passerby people can give me vague information. But to be sure of that, I'll approach any traffic police. Traffic police have the latest knowledge on the roads, traffic, and routes. They will give the exact route of how to reach my destination.
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Submitted by zagrybast on Wed, 08/12/2020 - 14:06

I open Google maps and I haven’t got a problem

Submitted by Ian_reynoso on Thu, 08/06/2020 - 17:59

Ask for help from a citizen or official

Submitted by mmatildepontoni04 on Wed, 06/03/2020 - 15:01

I talk to people, they are normally helpful and I try looking for somewhere that is open like shop,gym...and just go in and explain the problem.
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Submitted by DIGIOTANIMES on Mon, 06/01/2020 - 18:58

I ask the people who live in that city or town the address that I look for or I make use of technology and I look for the address

Submitted by Roxy9565 on Thu, 05/21/2020 - 16:14

Hello teachers, Can you please tell me is there any difference between these two sentences? 1. It is the building next to the shop, opposite to the cinema. 2. It is the building next to the shop opposite to the cinema. I also want to ask, how do we know that whether the word 'opposite to the cinema' is used for the shop or the building? In other words, which is opposite the cinema? Building or the shop. Thank you

Submitted by editor_rachael on Sat, 05/23/2020 - 13:54

Hi Roxy9565,


1. It is the building next to the shop, opposite to the cinema. The building is opposite the cinema.

2. It is the building next to the shop opposite to the cinema. The shop is opposite the cinema.


We know this because of the comma.


Hope that helps!


LearnEnglish Teens team

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Submitted by Sherry4869 on Fri, 05/15/2020 - 13:51

I got lost in a town or city for many times. I feel worried at that time. Then I ask someone for help or search on the google map or use GPS. Using the google map is most useful to me. I mostly use it. But ask to someone is helpful too if they help me greatly and kindly.

Submitted by nimdini on Wed, 05/13/2020 - 04:48

if i got lost i will use Google map or ask from someone in the road.

Submitted by Etito on Sun, 05/03/2020 - 11:05

I obviously will use Google Maps and if it's impossible I always can ask someone for the right direction

Submitted by anna_v3r on Fri, 04/17/2020 - 10:46

I would use Google Maps or ask information to someone in the streets.
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