Conversation Topics for English Learners: Asking for Directions

Asking for directions when you’re lost or unsure of your location is something you need to do in any language. Imagine you are in the United States and you have to communicate in the English language. How would you ask for directions? How would others respond? Here are some suggestions:

— You’re driving on a highway but you’re not sure if it’s the right one that leads to your destination. You stop at a gas station and ask the attendant. What would you say? What would the gas station attendant say?

— You’re walking down a busy street and want to know where the bus station is. You stop a person walking in front of you and ask. What would you ask? What would that person say?

— You’re at a train station and need to find the train that goes to San Francisco at 9:00 AM. You stop by the ticket office and ask for help. What would you ask? What would the ticketing agent say?

Don’t be shy when asking for directions. It’s better to know where you’re going than be lost and not know what to do.

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