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Match each direction with a map.

1   Go straight up the block.

2   Turn right at the light.

3   Take the first street on the left.

4   Go straight for two blocks. Then turn left.

5   Go through the intersection.

6   Take a right at the corner.

Answer

A 1   B 5   C 6   D 4   E 3   F 2

Listening 1

People are giving directions. Listen and check (✓) the correct map.

Answer & Transcript

1 b   2 b   3 a   4 a

Transcript

1

A:   Excuse me. Where’s the post office?

B:   The post office? Go straight for two blocks and then turn left. It’s on the left.

A:   Up this street two blocks and left?

B:   That’s correct.

2

A:   Can I help you?

B:   I’m looking for the bank.

A:   Well, take a right at the first corner, and it’s on your right.

B:   Okay, thanks.

3

A:   Can you help me? I’m looking for a hotel.

B:   Okay. Go straight up two blocks and turn right at the light. You’ll see a hotel on your right.

A:   Thanks.

B:   You’re welcome.

4

A:   Excuse me. Is there a bookstore around here?

B:   Yes. Take the first street on the left. Go through the next intersection. You’ll see the bookstore on the right. You can’t miss it.

Listening 2

Task 1

Look at the map and listen to the directions. Write the number of each place on the map.

1   a bank

2   the Peking Restaurant

3   a supermarket

4   the post office

5   the tourist office

6   the art museum

Answer

(from left to right)

Top row: 3, 6, 1

Bottom row: 2, 5, 4

Task 2

Listen again. Complete the statements for each set of directions.

 Go ………………… up Third Street for two ………………… and ………………… right on Pine Street.

 It’s ………………… your left, on the ………………… of Ford and Second.

 Go left down King and ………………… go ………………… Second Street for two blocks.

 It’s not far ………………… here.

 Go up Third Street and turn ………………… on Ford. It’s in the first big building you see on your ………………… .

6   Go to the ………………… of the block.

Answer & Transcript

1 straight, blocks, turn      2 on, comer

3 then, up      4 from      5 left, left      6 end

Transcript

1

A:   Excuse me. Is there a bank near here?

B:   Yes, there is. Go straight up Third Street for two blocks and turn right o Pine Street. The bank is on the right.

2

A:   Excuse me, I’m looking for the Peking Restaurant.

B:   Oh, sure. I know where it is. It’s one of my favorite restaurants. Go left here on King Street. Then turn right onto Second Street. Walk up Second Street for a block. It’s on your left, on the corner of Ford and Second.

3

A:   I’m trying to find a supermarket.

B:   A supermarket? Okay. Go left down King and then go up Second Street for two blocks. It’s on the left, on the corner of Pine and Second.

A:   Thanks.

4

A:   How can I get to the post office?

B:   Oh, it’s not far from here. Go up Third Street and turn right on Ford. Walk down Ford and you’ll see it on your right, on the corner of Ford and Fourth.

5

A:   I’m looking for the Tourist Office.

B:   Okay. Go up Third Street and turn left on Ford. It’s in the first big building you see on your left.

6

A:   Can you tell me how to get to the Art Museum?

B:   The Art Museum? Sure. Go up Third Street for two blocks and then turn left on Pine Street. Go to the end of the block. The museum is on your left, on the corner of Second and Pine Street.

Listening 3

Task 1

People are giving directions to their homes. Listen and number the directions in the correct order.

 Go down the street and my house is on the left. ……

      Walk past the hotel for two blocks. ……

      Come out of the subway. ……

      You’ll see a small street on the right. ……

 Cross the footbridge. ……

     Go down the street on the other side of the footbridge. ……

     Get off the bus across from the supermarket. ……

     Walk north for two blocks. ……

 Go down the street until you see the supermarket. ……

     Walk towards the river. ……

     Take the first street on the left. ……

     Go through the intersection. ……

 Get off the bus across from the school. ……

     Go down the street until you see a church. ……

     Turn right just past the gas station. ……

     Walk north for about four blocks. ……

Answer

1   4, 2, 1, 3      2   3, 4, 1, 2

3   4, 1, 3, 2       1, 4, 3, 2

Task 2

Listen again. What should each person bring? Circle the correct answer.

1   a   food

     b   music

     c   a DVD

2   a   snacks

     b   soda

     c   music

3   a   vegetables

     b   chips

     c   fruit

4   a   sneakers

     b   balls

     c   tennis racket

Answer & Transcript

1 b   2 a   3 c   4 c

Transcript

1

So when you come out of the subway, look for a tall glass building. That’s a hotel. Walk past that for two blocks and you’ll see a small street on the right. That’s my street. There’s a grocery store on the corner. Go down the street and my place is the fourth house on the left. Maybe bring some music with you, because I don’t have any dance music for the party.

2

My place is fairly easy to find. Get off the bus across from the supermarket. When you get to the supermarket, could you pick up some snacks? Then walk north for two blocks. You’ll see a footbridge. Cross that footbridge and you’ll see a small street when you get to the other side. Go down the street, and on the corner you’ll see an apartment building. That’s my place.

3

My apartment building is near the river. When you come out of the subway, walk towards the river and you’ll see an intersection. Go through the intersection and take the first street on the left. Go down the street until you see a supermarket. My house is right next to it. If you can, could you bring some fruit to go with dinner?

4

I live in an apartment building close to the high school. Get off the bus across from the school and walk north for about four blocks. You’ll see a gas station on your left. Turn right just past the gas station and go down the street until you see a church. My building is across from the church. Don’t forget to bring your tennis racket.

Conversation Corner: Asking for directions

Task 1

Listen to the conversation. Write the missing words.

A:   Excuse me. I’m looking for the tourist office.

B:   …………… …………… office? It’s not far from here. Go right on Brentwood Road, then left at the light.

A:   Left …………… the ……………?

B:   Yes, that’s right. Then it’s about halfway down the block on the right.

A:   …………… …………… right?

B:   Yes. You can’t miss it.

Task 2

Practice the conversation with a partner.

Answer & Transcript

A:   Excuse me. I’m looking for the tourist office.

B:   The tourist office? It’s not far from here. Go right on Brentwood Road, then left at the light.

A:   Left at the light?

B:   Yes, that’s right. Then it’s about halfway down the block on the right.

A:   On the right?

B:   Yes. You can’t miss it.

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