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We’re Travelling The World Today! Practice asking for directions in English with keywords, phrasal verbs and idioms!

How are you? 🌟🗺️ Welcome to our Conversation Club! Today it’s all about saving your life while traveling abroad! Our handout will provide you with essential vocabulary, phrasal verbs, idiomatic expressions , questions to ask for directions, keywords to understand what people you’ve stopped on the street are saying, and even a role-playing game for some real practice before your next trip. Let’s set off on our adventure! 😎🚀

Prepared with love by: My Personal English Coach

Helloooo! Just a few words of support for those of you who are starting your experience in our Conversation Club and don’t feel very confident. 

Don’t worry, we’re here for you!

On this page, you’ll find the vocabulary that can help you speak with your Club Partners (other MPEC students you’ll be paired with for guided conversations).

If you feel like you need to prepare before the club session, you can review the content of this page in advance. We are your Coaches and we know you well! We know that using Idioms & Phrasal Verbs can be a real challenge, so those are often the language elements we’ll suggest you use 🙃

After the preparation (you’ll find both the vocabulary and the conversation questions on this page), we invite you to participate in the Club session. You have received an email with the ZOOM link for the session:

On Tuesdays, the Club takes place from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM, and on Thursdays, from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM. If you haven’t received the access instructions via email, please, get in touch with us:

If you want to practice more after the Club session, you can come back here to do the Follow Up activity (at the bottom of the page). Are you ready? Let’s begin!

B1-B2 Keywords for Travellers

  • Sightseeing 🏰🌟: The activity of visiting and touring places of interest or landmarks in a city or region for leisure and enjoyment.
  • Sight 👀: What one sees or can see; the ability to see; a view or scene, especially one of particular beauty or interest.
  • Tourist Attraction 🏰🌟: A popular place of interest that attracts visitors from around the world.
  • Landmark 🗼🏛️: An iconic or historically significant feature that serves as a point of reference.
  • Navigate 🧭🗺️: To find one’s way or plan a route to a destination.
  • Locate 🌐🔍: To find the position of a place on a map or in the physical world.
  • Follow 🚶‍♂️🔜: To go in the direction indicated.

  • Intersection ➕🚦: The point where two or more roads meet.
  • Directions 🗺️📍: Instructions on how to reach a specific destination.
  • Ask for Help 🙋‍♂️🆘: To seek assistance or guidance from others.
  • Tourist Information Center 🏢📚: A place where travellers can get helpful advice and maps.

10 Idioms (with definitions and sample sentences)

  • Hit the road 🚗🛣️: To begin a journey or trip.
    • Sample Sentence: It’s time to hit the road and explore the scenic countryside.
  • Get your bearings 🧭🌐: To become familiar with your surroundings and know where you are.
    • Sample Sentence: After arriving in the new city, take a moment to get your bearings before heading out.
  • Off the beaten path 🚶‍♀️🌿: To go to a less popular or touristy area.
    • Sample Sentence: For a unique experience, venture off the beaten path and discover hidden gems.
  • Around the corner 🔄🏰🌉: Very close; just a short distance away.
    • Sample Sentence: The restaurant is just around the corner from the main square.
  • On the right track ➡️✅: To be progressing in the correct direction.
    • Sample Sentence: With the map’s help, we knew we were on the right track to the famous beach.
  • Lost in the maze 🔄🏞️🤷‍♂️: To be confused and unsure of which way to go in a complex or unfamiliar area.
    • Sample Sentence: Without a map, we got lost in the maze of narrow streets in the old town.
  • In the middle of nowhere 🚗🏜️🏞️: In a remote or isolated location.
    • Sample Sentence: The cabin we rented is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by beautiful nature.
  • Follow your nose 👃🚶‍♂️: To go straight ahead by relying on instinct or intuition.
    • Sample Sentence: There are no signs, so just follow your nose, and you’ll reach the waterfall.
  • Go off the map 🔄🗺️🏞️: To travel to an area that is not shown on conventional maps.
    • Sample Sentence: Adventurers love to go off the map and explore uncharted territories.
  • Around the bend 🔄➡️🚗: Just up ahead; not far away.
    • Sample Sentence: You’ll find a charming cafe around the bend, perfect for a coffee break.

Here come 10 Phrasal Verbs You May Need To Give / Understand Directions

  • Turn into 🔄➡️: To change direction and enter a different street or road.
    • Sample Sentence: At the traffic light, turn into Main Street, and you’ll find the museum on your left.
  • Go along 🚶‍♀️🔜: To continue moving forward in a specific direction.
    • Sample Sentence: Go along the riverbank until you reach the bridge.
  • Pull over 🚗💨: To move a vehicle to the side of the road and stop.
    • Sample Sentence: If you see the gas station on your right, pull over to get some fuel.
  • Head back 🚶‍♂️🔙: To return in the direction from which you came.
    • Sample Sentence: We took the wrong turn, so let’s head back to the previous intersection.
  • Carry on 🚶‍♀️🔛: To continue going straight without turning or stopping.
    • Sample Sentence: Carry on this road for about two miles, and you’ll see the shopping center on your right.
  • Take a left/right 🚗↪️: To turn left or right at an intersection or junction.
    • Sample Sentence: Take a left at the traffic lights, and the restaurant will be on your left.
  • Go past 🚶‍♂️🚫: To continue moving ahead and pass by something.
    • Sample Sentence: Go past the park, and the museum will be on your right-hand side.
  • Cut through 🚶‍♂️⭕: To take a shortcut through a particular area or street.
    • Sample Sentence: If you cut through the alley, you’ll reach the main square faster.
  • Turn around 🔄⤴️: To reverse direction and face the opposite way.
    • Sample Sentence: If you reach the dead-end, turn around and go back to the main road.
  • Get to 🚶‍♂️🆗: To arrive or reach a particular destination.
    • Sample Sentence: Follow the signs, and you’ll get to the train station in no time.

Round 1 – Let’s Warm Up

  1. Have you ever got blocked while asking for directions in a foreign country? Eg; could not find a word or did not know how to say something? How did you handle it?
  2. What landmarks or well-known buildings have you used as references when asking for directions in unfamiliar places?
  3. How do you usually navigate in a new city? Do you rely on maps, Google maps, or asking locals for directions?
  4. Share an interesting experience of asking for directions in a language you were learning. How did it go?

Round 2: Let’s Explore it!

  • What was the most memorable tourist attraction you visited, and how did you find your way there?
  • How do you feel about exploring off the beaten path (not where all the other people go) and discovering lesser-known tourist attractions?
  • What advice would you give to someone who is traveling solo and needs to ask for directions in a foreign country?
  • Describe a situation where you had to take a detour while traveling. How did you handle the unexpected route?
  • Share a positive experience when asking for help or directions from a local, and how did their assistance make your trip better?

Round 3: The Final One – We Role Play!

In pairs, take turns participating in a role play of asking for directions. Each round should contain a minimum of 3 interactions

Use the vocabulary, phrasal verbs, and idioms from the handout to make the role play authentic. REMEMBER to decide which city you are roleplaying for! It can be difficult to find the Eiffel Tower in London even with the best indications!

Student A: Tourist

  1. Ask for directions
  2. Ask for clarification
  3. Thank the Local Passerby

Role Play as many times as you want. If you need a plan of a city, here are some really cool ones for you:

Student B: Local

Give directions, then clarify and wish the Tourist a nice day!

After The Club: The Follow Up

Sounding Formal or Informal In English by the BBC

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