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 Matteo on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 15:27

If I got lost I think I will use Google maps

Submitted by vittoriadigianno on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 14:56

when i get lost in a town I ask for help from located people or i use Google Maps

Submitted by Gabriele1926 on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 13:09

I use Google maps, or I ask for directions to someone

Submitted by gio_cra2004 on Tue, 04/14/2020 - 15:38

When I get lost in the city I ask someone for information or use "Google Maps".

Submitted by alaricofranca02 on Fri, 04/10/2020 - 12:45

When I got lost, I usually use Google Maps or i’ll ask help to someone

Submitted by _16lx on Sat, 04/04/2020 - 19:01

I'll ask to help and use google maps
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Submitted by minseung on Mon, 03/30/2020 - 06:25

There should be a brochure at the entrance................

Submitted by VianneyHUV on Fri, 03/27/2020 - 06:55

this exercise is a little complicate to me because i'm not accustomed to listening in english and like this exercise is about "give directions" i'm confussed with the stranger words but with attention I can understand the second part of the exercise. I can say that is really important know how give a direction in the real word.

Submitted by ServerMateYT321 on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 16:46

i use google maps if i get lost but if google maps doesn't wor then i ask someone
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Submitted by Windflower42 on Tue, 02/11/2020 - 17:24

When I get lost, I use the Google Maps

Submitted by Adem on Thu, 01/30/2020 - 08:06

I want to give a directions somebody. This is a library from my home. As soon as left my home turn right then go straight on until main road when you arrive the main road turn left then go straith on aproximitely 100 metre

Submitted by nawalard on Thu, 12/19/2019 - 12:27

When I got lost, I usually open Google Maps to find the location, but if I don't bring my phone or the place is hard to find, I'll ask the police to get directions.

Submitted by maikha on Tue, 09/03/2019 - 08:05

May be I will ask someone around or ask the police when I get lost.
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Submitted by empty on Fri, 08/09/2019 - 12:29

I call my mother or father and if they don't answer , I try to find a familiar object or street and go to a place I know ( for example my home or my grandmother's house )

Submitted by Thu on Sat, 06/29/2019 - 10:33

If I get lost, and if I have a phone, just take it and call mom. But if I don't have, I'll find the police or other people for help. But sure I will never get lost, haha. : )
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Submitted by Shashi on Wed, 06/26/2019 - 12:32

when I get lost in a town,I can get help of a police officer. The police officer can call my mum and dad.

Submitted by Perviz on Mon, 02/18/2019 - 15:41

When i get lost i ask someone.

Submitted by bellomanzoni on Fri, 02/15/2019 - 18:09

I search for a police officer; also, I can ask a person for directions; or I can ask for a mobile phone to call my parents.

Submitted by wanna123 on Sat, 01/12/2019 - 16:14

Some years ago, I didn't have phone, so I always asked anyone to find road. But now I'm having my phone and it's useful to find road by google map. But sometimes, google map is wrong so I still need to ask someone

Submitted by Mughal on Sat, 08/04/2018 - 12:37

I would like to ask those people who live there or work there.

Submitted by Sarielna on Sat, 06/09/2018 - 04:33

I will ask people around there. If there aren’t any people there, I will phone my parents for help

Submitted by BrilliantStudent on Sat, 05/05/2018 - 19:32

First i call my mam or dad next i open GPS and stay here
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Submitted by Elsa007 on Mon, 04/16/2018 - 23:45

I don’t like a lier...!
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Submitted by iiLavenderii on Sat, 04/14/2018 - 20:36

I usually use GPS
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Submitted by Elsa007 on Wed, 04/04/2018 - 09:19

I ask somebody around whenever I get lost. But, recently, it's difficult to talk to someone. People are busy using smartphones or wearing earphones on the road... I can only talk to aged people taking time and practice...! ;)

Submitted by cat28 on Thu, 03/29/2018 - 02:41

I usually use Google map
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Submitted by Danganhminh2007 on Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:46

I will ask for help

Submitted by samu_viveros on Fri, 02/16/2018 - 21:55

I try to ask someone if he can help me to find the place
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Submitted by Ahjeen on Thu, 01/25/2018 - 08:17

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Submitted by bilko on Mon, 01/22/2018 - 18:44

Dear Editor, My english teacher tought me " go straight ahead " but in this listening part you use " go straight on " ı wonder is there any difference between these two phrases in daily usage. If you answer my question ı would be happy...
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Submitted by Jonathan - Coo… on Tue, 01/23/2018 - 02:07

Hi bilko. Those two phrases have the same meaning and in general you can use either one.

There's a small difference in usage: 'go straight on' is often used after some place that you mention (e.g. 'After the traffic lights, go straight on') and I think 'go straight ahead' is less common for this.

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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