Asking for and Giving Directions Lesson

In the course of their work, businesspeople often travel to other people’s offices or businesses. 

And, from time to time they need to find they way around places they have never been.

Take a look at the structures for asking for and giving directions in the table below:

Asking for Directions

Excuse me . . .
**  This is always the most polite way to begin  your request for directions**

Would/Could you tell me how to get to . . . Anderson Construction?
How do I find . . . suite 305?
What is the best way to get to . . . business office?
Would/Could you direct me to . . . Ms. Sumidata’s office?
Which way do I go to get to . . .  the Nobunaga Building?
Giving Directions
Go straight Make a U turn Turn left Turn right
Continue on (keep going) Follow this hall . . . road . . . path
Take the elevator It’s about 150 meters
It’s next to . . . across from . . . opposite . . . beside . . . between (two things)
Cross the . . . street . . . road . . . park . . . lobby . . . intersection . . .
Go past the . . .
It’s on . . .  the left . . . the right . . . the third floor . . . the corner
Prepositions to use with Directions
Go straight Go to Right left
Cross On your right On your left beside
Next to Behind Across from In front of
On the corner of

* Don’t forget to say “Thank you” after someone has given you assistance.

When Giving Directions in English

Giving directions usually consists of two sets of instructions. 

In the first set:   Say “Go to” and tell the listener what street, building, office number, etc – or – how far they need to go.

In the second set:  Say “Then” and tell the listener what to do when they get there.  (turn left, turn right, it’s on the left, etc.)

Giving even very complicated directions is just a repetition of these two steps. 

Dialog Practice:

Work with a partner and create short dialogs from the table above.

When you are finished with this lesson go to the Asking For and Giving Directions Activities Page.


Asking for and Giving Directions Lesson