ESL Giving Directions Vocabulary

To hang a left or right
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To make a turn off of a road onto another.

“Hang a left up here by the Burger King.”

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To take the first left or right
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To turn at the next street on the left or right.

“Go past the movie theater and take the first right onto Lynnwood street.”

To make a U turn
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To turn your car so that you are now driving on the same street, but in the opposite direction.

“Make a U turn up here. We are going the wrong way.”

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Landmark
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An object or a building the is very noticeable while driving.

“Are there any landmarks that I should look out for on the way to your house. I want to make sure that I’m going the right way.”

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A block
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A rectangular area in a city that has four streets surrounding it.

“To get to the church go three blocks down this street and then turn left on 2nd Ave.”

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To pull into
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To turn off the road you are currently on and go into the parking lot of a business or establishment.

“We need to pull into the hotel parking lot over here so we can look at the map.”

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To pull over
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To get off of the road you are on and stop your car on the side so you are not in the way of the moving cars behind you.

“I’m so lost right now that I need to pull over and call my brother. He knows this city well.”

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To pull out
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To leave a parking spot to enter a road.

“Pull out of your driveway and head towards the park. I will meet you there.”

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To head towards
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To go in the direction of a certain location

“Head towards the gas station on Congress street and I will tell you what to do from there.”

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To go up the street
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To drive your car straight on the road you are currently on.

“Go up the street about thirty yards and then turn onto Pine Street.”

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Intersection
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An area where two streets meet.

“When you get to the intersection of highway 90 and Beale street go north on highway 90.”

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GPS
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A small computer device placed on the dashboard of a car that gives you directions on where to go.

“Thank god we have the GPS system. We would have gotten really lost downtown last night without it.”

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Access road
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A road that leads to a main highway.

“Turn onto the access road over there on the right so we can get on the highway.”

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One way road
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A road that only lets drivers go in one direction.

“Don’t turn down that street. It is a one way road.”

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Traffic circle
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A road that does a complete circle that has entrances at four locations.

“Go around the traffic circle and get onto Eastwood Street.”

  • English Conversation Activity for Giving Directions
  • Script for English Conversation Activity on Giving Directions
  • Listening Exercise for Giving Directions
  • Reading Exercise for Giving Directions
  • Giving Directions Vocabulary Worksheet II
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