Common Expression Used in Giving Direction
We often use Common Terms / Expression as our guide when we give directions to help the other person. These can be places in a city or town, such as stadium, bank, railway station, bus stop, cinema, etc. They can also be parts of the road system. (Also study : Expression of Daily Activity)
Below are some Common Expression Used in Giving Direction:
- taxi rank = a place where taxis queue for passengers
- level crossing = where the road and railway meet. There are barriers that go up and down to signal when a train is coming
- underpass = a walkway that goes under a busy road so pedestrians can get to the other side safely
- overpass / flyover = a road that goes over another road (or railway)
- zebra crossing = black and white markings in the road for pedestrians to cross the road (the markings look like a zebra’s stripes)
- pedestrian crossing = a place in the road where pedestrians can cross. Often there are traffic lights.
- tunnel = a road under (or through) mountains
- crossroads = where two roads cross each other
- junction = where one road meets another, and you can either go left or right
- fork in the road = where the road divides, and you decide to go left or right
- turning = a road off to your left or right
- main road = a big road where there is lots of traffic
- lane = a small road, or a part of a road (the left-hand lane / the right-hand lane; the bus lane)
Use prepositions of direction
- Go past = continue past something so that is now behind you
- Go across = cross something, like a road or crossroads
- Go along = continue down a road
- Go straight on = don’t turn left or right
- Go up = walk / drive up a hill
- Go down = walk or drive down a hill or a road
- Go through = pass through something, such as a tunnel or a town
- Go out of = exit (i.e. a railway station)
- It’s in front of you = you can see it facing you
- It’s opposite the bank = it faces the bank
- It’s on the corner = it’s where two roads meet at a 90° angle
(Also study other material in Indonesian version at : Meminta dan Memberi Petunjuk Arah)
Example in Dialogue:
Fenty : Excuse me, Miss.
Rosa : Yes, is there something I can help?
Fenty : Yes, is there any mini mart around this harbor? I need to buy some snacks and drink.
Rosa : Yes, there is one.
Fenty : Can you show me how to get there?
Rosa : Of course! Just go straight this road, then there is T-junction, turn right and you can already see the mini mart on your right side. It is next to toilet.
Fenty : Oh I see. Thank you so much for the information.
Rosa : You are welcome.
That’s all the material of speaking skill about Common Expression Used in Giving Direction we can share for this occasion. Hopefully the post about Common Expression Used in Giving Direction above can help us to improve our English, especially our speaking skill. (Also read other article in Indonesian version at : Menuntut Ilmu dan Berbuat Baik)