Giving Directions- Drawing Games

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Giving Directions- Drawing Games
Choose one of the cards below, draw something representing that thing and see if your 
partner can say what is written on the card, first of all without looking at the list of cards. If 
they get stuck, circle the important parts of the picture and/ or draw different or opposite 
things with crosses through them. You can’t mime, speak or write words. If your partner 
still can’t guess, they can look at a worksheet with all the cards on it to help. 

Ask about any words below which you aren’t sure about the meaning of, drawing that thing
to show that you understand each time. 

Test each other on the synonyms and opposites below. Note that things on the same card 
sometimes have different meanings. Then ask each other to explain differences words 
between words there and other similar things. 

Ones with opposites

in front of

below/ under/ beneath…

towards the bus stop

behind/ in back of

above/ over…

away from the bus stop

to the northwest

in the east

on your right/ to your right/

on the right (hand side)

to the southeast

in the west

on your left/ to your left/ on

the left (hand side)

clockwise

turn right and right again

(go) downstairs

anti-/ counter-clockwise

turn left and left again

(go) upstairs

It’s in(side).

turn right/ hang a right/ take

a right turn

on the roof

It’s outside.

turn left/ hang a left/ take a

left turn

in the basement

far from

cross the road/ across the

road

go straight (on/ ahead)

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Ones with synonyms

next to/ by/ beside…

in the town centre/ within

the town centre/ downtown

down the corridor/ along the

corridor

take the second (turning on

your) right

go past/ pass…

(go) round/ around…

take the lift/ take the

elevator

roundabout/ traffic circle

stoplights/ traffic lights/

traffic signals

(T) junction/ intersection/

crossroads

subway/ The Tube/

underground (railway)

platform 2/ track 2

apartment/ flat

apartment block/ apartment

building/ block of flats

liquor shop/ off license/ offie

chemist’s/ pharmacy

petrol station/ gas station

car park/ parking lot

crosswalk/ pedestrian

crossing/ zebra crossing

phone box/ public phone/

phone booth

ATM/ cashpoint/ cash

machine

flyover/ overpass

launderette/ laundromat

pavement/ sidewalk

buzzer/ intercom

(public) toilet/ bathroom/

restroom

Could you say that again?/

Could you repeat that?

Pardon?/ Sorry, I didn’t

catch that.

Excuse me?/ Sorry to

disturb you.

It takes 5 minutes/ It’s 5

minutes from here.

ticket barrier/ turnstile

Ones with common confusions

on the corner

pond/ lake

bus stop

in the corner

mansion

bus station/ bus terminal/

coach station

high-rise building/

skyscraper

(street/ flea) market

church/ cathedral

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path

driveway

stream/ river/ canal

cable car

hill

mountain/ peak

island

peninsula

fountain

Others

between… and…

opposite…

through

take the escalator

on the third floor

on the top floor

highway/ motorway

amusement park/ theme

park

factory/ plant

castle

zoo

aquarium

cul-de-sac

valley/ canyon

bay/ harbour

vending machine

smoking area

on foot

by train

by taxi

by bus

sculpture/ statue

cloakroom

cigarette machine

first aid kit

(swimming) pool

(baseball/ football) stadium

two blocks

billboard

pedestrianised street

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