Giving Directions- Miming Games

Level: Beginner

Topic: Transport & Travel

Grammar Topic: Vocabulary

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Giving Directions- Miming Games

Choose one of the cards below, mime 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, you can make sound effects, but you can’t speak. If they still can’t guess, 
they can look at the worksheet with all the cards on it to help. 

Ask about any words below which you aren’t sure about the meaning of, miming 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. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2018

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Ones with opposites

in front of

below/ under/ beneath…

(head/ go) towards

behind/ in back of

above/ over…

(head/ go) away (from)

It’s in(side).

turn right/ hang a right/ take

a right turn

on your right/ to your right/

on the right (hand side)

It’s outside.

turn left/ hang a left/ take a

left turn

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

far from

cross the road/ across the

road

go straight (on/ ahead)

Ones with synonyms

next to/ by/ beside…

take the lift/ take the

elevator

stoplights/ traffic lights/

traffic signals

take the second (turning on

your) right

go past/ pass…

(go) round/ around…

(T) junction/ intersection/

crossroads

subway/ The Tube/

underground (railway)

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

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.

near (to)/ close (to)/ in the

vicinity (of)

It takes 5 minutes/ It’s 5

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2018

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flyover/ overpass

launderette/ laundromat

minutes from here.

Ones with common confusions

on the corner

church/ cathedral

mountain/ peak

in the corner

hill

fountain

high-rise building/

skyscraper

cinema/ movie theater

club/ nightclub/ disco

Others

between… and…

opposite…

through

take the escalator

on the third floor

vending machine

by train

by taxi

on foot

sculpture/ statue

smoking area

bar/ pub

barber(‘s)/ hairdresser’s/

hair salon

campsite/ campground

concert hall/ opera house

conveyor belt sushi bar

(swimming) pool

cloakroom

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2018

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