Giving Directions in British and American English

Level: Intermediate

Topic: Transport & Travel

Grammar Topic: Vocabulary

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Without looking below, match up pairs of the cards that you are given by meaning.

All the cards can be divided into two categories. Can you guess what they are?

Divide the cards into those two categories, then check with the worksheet below.  

Choose a real place in the UK or USA with your partner and pretend you are asking for 
and giving directions there, perhaps using a map of the place to help you. 

Perform your dialogue for another group. They will use language and other hints to guess 
the place. 

Roleplay a directions conversation between one person who speaks American English 
and one person who speaks British English, with them at least sometimes 
misunderstanding each other. 

Do the same, but using the words on the cards and placing the cards down as you do so.

What phrases can you use if you want to check someone’s directions?

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2014

Giving directions in British and American English

across from the station

opposite the station

apartment

flat

apartment block

block of flats

parking lot

car park

drugstore/ pharmacy

chemist’s

(movie) theater

cinema

downtown

city centre/ town centre

city hall

town hall

crosswalk

pedestrian crossing/ zebra crossing

realtor

estate agent

expressway/ highway

motorway

first floor

ground floor

flyover

overpass

yard

garden

gas station

petrol station

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2014

grade crossing

level crossing

hardware store

ironmonger

main street

high street

intersection

junction

liquor store

off license

newsstand

newsagent(‘s)

sidewalk

pavement

telephone booth

phone box

traffic circle/ rotary

roundabout

streetcar/ trolley

tram

subway

underground (railway)

underpass

subway

traffic signals/ stoplights

traffic lights

toward

towards

kilometers

kilometres

Answers: American English ones are on the left above.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2014