To ask for directions, use the phrase Could you tell me…? or Do you know …? Make your questions more polite by starting them with Excuse me.
- Excuse me. Could you tell me how to get to the railway station?
- Excuse me. how to get to Minerva Theatre?
- Excuse me. Do you know where the post office is?
- Excuse me. Do you know where the town hall is?
Other phrases you can use are given below.
- I’m looking for the shopping mall. Do you know where it is?
- Am I on the right road for Calicut?
- Is this the right way for Kochi?
Here are a few phrases you can use to give directions.
- It’s this / that way.
- Take this / that road.
- Yes, you are going in the right direction.
- No, you are going the wrong way.
- No, you are going in the wrong direction.
- It is just around the corner.
- It is quite near.
- It is not far from here.
- You can walk there.
- Take the second on the right.
- Take the left at the traffic lights.
- Go past the traffic lights.
- Go past the girls’ high school.
- Go straight ahead for about half a kilometer.
- The fire station will be on your left.
- The library will be on your right.
Asking about distance
Use the following phrases.
- How far is it to the railway station from here?
- Is it far from here?
- Can I walk there?
- Is it a long way from here?
- Yes, it is quite a long way. You will have to hire a taxi.
- No, you can’t walk there. You will need to take the bus.
- It is quite close.
- It is a long way to talk.
- It is about a kilometre from here.