Useful Words & Phrases


Excuse me, how do I get to…?
Excuse me, could you tell me how to get to…?
Excuse me, could you tell me how I get to…?
Excuse me, do you know the way to…?
Excuse me, what’s the best/quickest way to…?
Excuse, sorry to bother you, but could you tell me how do I get to (place)?


it’s about a (how long) walk
on foot, it’ll probably take you about (how long)
there’s a bus/ the number …bus goes there
you’re better off taking a cab
you’ve already gone past it

take a right/left
take a right/left on to (street)
take the (first/second/third) right/left
keep heading along/down this road
go straight ahead
go straight ahead until you see …
go past (place)
go over (street)
go across (street)
at (the bank/the corner/the lights/the crossroads), take a right/left
on (street), take a right/left

it’s on the right/left
it’s straight in front of you
it’s next to (place)
it’s the first/last (building/house) on the right/left
you can’t miss it
it’s a bit hard to see/spot, but you should find it


Dialogue 1

“Excuse me, do you know the way to Carlton Street?”
“Sure. Keep heading down this road, then take a right at the traffic lights. Then it’s your next left.”
“Thanks very much.”
“No problem.”

Dialogue 2

“Excuse me. Could you tell me how to get to the farmers’ market?”
“Oh, that is a bit of a walk. It’ll take you about 25 minutes.”
“That’s OK.”
“Well, head along this road until you reach Milford Avenue, then take a right. Then go along that for about 10 minutes until you get to Westlake Road. You should see signs for it then.”
“OK, thanks a lot. Hopefully I’ll find it”

Dialogue 3

“Excuse me, I’m a bit lost. Do you know how to get to Finchly Park?”
“Ah, you’ve already gone past it. Head back the way you came, and take a right onto York Terrace. Then just head along that for five minutes and it is on your right.”
“That’s great, thanks.”

Dialogue 4

“Excuse me. How do I get to Moore’s Road?”
“Sorry, I’m not from around here.”
“Ok, thanks anyway.”