Asking for directions in Chinese will be much easier after this free audio lesson. The Rocket Chinese team is here to arm you with the Chinese words and phrases you’ll need to find your way around a Chinese-speaking country.
Unfortunately it’s not quite as simple as learning the word for 'where' in Chinese and a few Chinese road signs - as you may have already guessed, understanding the directions you are given can be more challenging than asking the questions! But don’t worry, a little practice is all you need – listen to the Chinese pronunciation in the audio and say the Chinese words and phrases aloud, as you imagine yourself strolling around Shanghai or Beijing!
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Rocket Record lets you perfect your Chinese pronunciation. Just listen to the native speaker audio and then use the microphone icon to record yourself. Once you’re done, you’ll get a score out of 100 on your pronunciation and can listen to your own audio playback. (Use a headset mic for best results.) Problems? Click here!
Where can I find the train station, please?
How do I get to the train station?
Do you know where the train station is? (formal)
Another more complete way of asking for directions is by saying…
Excuse me please! Could you please tell me where the train station is? (formal)
Excuse me please! Could you please tell me where the train station is? (casual)
Here’s a list of some places you might like to go to and places you may pass on the way to getting there.
The travel agency
The shopping center
The historic museum
The police station
The town/city/municipal hall
The public restrooms
The town/city center
The downtown area
The beer garden
Here are some words and phrases you might hear when asking for directions…
To the left
To the right
At the end of
At the beginning of
To the west
To the north
To the south
To the east
Around the corner
The first street on your left.
The first street on your right.
The street after the next.
In front of
When someone gives you directions, they’ll tell you that you need to take such-and-such street; turn left, and then follow another street…
Now, you might want to know whether it is far or not…
Is it far?
It's not far.
Is it close by?
It's close by.
It's not close by.
Reinforce your learning from this lesson with the Rocket Reinforcement activities!