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Lost? 5 Ways to Ask for Directions in English

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 @ 10:54 AM

asking for directions in English largerIt's that time of year again. A lot of professionals and students are on vacation.

If you are living and working in the United States, perhaps you have decided to take a few days to visit a new city!

You have your bags packed and you are ready to go. But don't forget the most important item for your trip!

You will need the right vocabulary words and phrases to ask for directions in English!

Leave your map at home and connect with people instead! In today's article, I will give you 5 phrases that you can use to find your way around any city in the United States.


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5 Ways to Ask for Directions in English



1) "Excuse me, can you tell me how to get to Hollywood Boulevard?"







 union square New York City


 2) "Hi, do you know where Union Square is?"








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3) "Could you please tell me the quickest way to get to the Mission District?"







 Georgetown Washington DC


4) "Can I ask you a quick question? How do I get to Georgetown?"







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5) "What's the best way to get from Harvard Square to the South End?"







Now Go Explore!


Now you know five ways to ask directions in English! Go and explore new cities in the United States this summer! Why should you travel? It's a great chance to practice your English and hear different accents. Some will be easy to understand and some will be hard. Check out this article to learn how to travel the U.S. and learn English through immersion.



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