Module 3, Unit 3

“Getting Information and Directions”

Base Sentences – (331-345)

331 Excuse me, sir. Can you give me some information?

331 Disculpe, señor. ¿Me puede dar alguna información?

332 Can you tell me where Peach Street is?

332 ¿Me puede decir dónde Calle Melocotón es?

333 It’s two blocks straight ahead.

333 Está a dos cuadras hacia el frente.

334 Which direction is it to the theater?

334 ¿Qué dirección es al teatro?

335 Turn right at the next corner.

335 Gire a la derecha en la siguiente esquina.

336 How far is it to the university?

336 ¿Qué distancia hay a la universidad?

337 It’s a long way from here.

337 Es un largo camino desde aquí.

338 The school is just around the corner.

338 La escuela está a la vuelta de la esquina.

339 The restaurant is across the street from the hotel.

339 El restaurante está al otro lado de la calle del hotel.

340 You can’t miss it.

340 Usted no podrá pasarlo de largo.

341 Do you happen to know Mr. Cooper’s telephone number?

341 ¿Por casualidad sabe el número de teléfono del señor Cooper?

342 Could you tell me where the nearest telephone is?

342 ¿Me podría decir dónde está el teléfono más cercano?

343 Should I go this way, or that way?

343 ¿Debo ir por este camino, o de aquella manera?

344 Go that way for two blocks, then turn left.

344 Ir así por dos bloques, a continuación, girar a la izquierda.

345 I beg your pardon. Is this seat taken?

345 Disculpe. Está ocupado este asiento?

Verb Study

1. excuse => excused, excusing, excuses

(A) Excuse me sir. (B) The teacher excused me from class yesterday. (C) The teacher excuses somebody from class every day. (A) Disculpe señor. (B) El profesor me excusado de clase de ayer. (C) El profesor excusas alguien de clase todos los días.

2. give => [gave, given], giving, gives

(A) Can you give me some information? (B) Mr. Pigeon gave me a book. (C) John gives me a newspaper every morning. (A) ¿Puede darme alguna información? (B) El Sr. Pigeon me dio un libro. (C) John me da un periódico cada mañana.

3. turn => turned, turning, turns

(A) Turn right at the next corner. (B) He turned right at the corner. (C) Please turn the page. (A) Gire a la derecha en la siguiente esquina. (B) Se dio la vuelta a la derecha en la esquina. (C) Pase a la pág.

4. miss => missed, missing, misses 

(A) You can’t miss it. (B) I didn’t turn, and I missed the street. (C) I miss all my friends very much. (D) He is in California now, and he misses his friends here in New York. (A) No se puede perder. (B) no me vuelvo y me perdí la calle. (C) Echo de menos a mis amigos mucho. (D) El está en California ahora, y que echa de menos a sus amigos aquí en Nueva York.

5. go => [went, gone], going, goes

(A) Should I go this way, or that way? (B) He goes this way, and I go that way. (C) Yesterday I went to the restaurant at 6 p.m. (D) I’m going to the restaurant tonight. (A) ¿Debo ir por este camino, y de esa manera? (B) Se va de esta manera, y me voy de esa manera. (C) Ayer fui al restaurante a las 18:00 (D) Voy al restaurante esta noche.

6. beg => begged, begging, begs

(A) I beg your pardon. (B) He begged my pardon. (C) Every day he begs me to take several books home with me. (A) ¿Cómo dice. (B) Se pidió perdón. (C) Todos los días me pide que tome varios libros a casa conmigo.

7. happen to => happened to

(A) Do you happen to know Mr. Pigeon’s telephone number? (B) I just happened to know his number. (C) Yes, I know her. She happens to be my sister. (D) Did you happen to listen to the radio last night? (A) ¿Por casualidad sabe el número de teléfono del Sr. Pigeon? (B) que acaba de pasar a conocer su número. (C) Sí, la conozco. Ella pasa a ser mi hermana. (D) ¿Por casualidad escuchar la radio ayer por la noche?

Word/Phrase Substitution Drills

1a Excuse me, sir. Can you give me some information?

1b Excuse me, miss. Can you give me some information?

1c Excuse me, Officer. Can you give me some information?

1d Excuse me, Captain. Can you give me some information?

1e Excuse me, Colonel. Can you give me some information?

2a Can you tell me where Peach Street is?

2b Can you tell me where the restaurant is?

2c Can you tell me where the post office is?

2d Can you tell me where the airport is?

2e Can you tell me where the railroad station is?

3a The post office is two blocks straight ahead.

3b The postoffice is two miles straight ahead.

3c The post office is on the other side of the street.

4a Which direction is it to the theater? Do you know?

4b Which direction is it to the post office? Do you know?

4c Which direction is it to the university? Do you know?

4d Which direction is it to the bank? Do you know?

4e Which direction is it to the church? Do you know?

5a Turn right at the next corner. You can’t miss it.

5b Turn left at the next corner. You can’t miss it.

5c Go straight ahead at the next corner. You can’t miss it.

5d Go to the right at the next corner. You can’t miss it.

5e Go to the left at the next corner. You can’t miss it.

6a How far is it to the university? Can you tell me?

6b How far is it to the university? Would you tell me?

6c How far is it to the university? Could you tell me?

6d How far is it to the university? Would you mind telling me?

7a It’s a long way from here to the university .

7b It’s a short distance from here to the university .

7c It’s a short walk from here to the university .

7d It’s a long drive from here to the university .

8a The school is just around the corner. You can’t miss it.

8b The school is in the middle of the block. You can’t miss it.

8c The school is right on the corner. You can’t miss it.

8d The school is up there on the left. You can’t miss it.

9a The restaurant is across the street from the hotel.

9b The restaurant is around the corner from the hotel.

9c The restaurant is a mile from the hotel.

9d The restaurant is a short walk from the hotel.

10a Do you happen to know Mr. Cooper’s telephone number?

10b Do you happen to know Mr. Cooper’s address?

10c Do you happen to know Mr. Cooper’s profession?

10d Do you happen to know Mr. Cooper’s age?

10e Do you happen to know Mr. Cooper’s height and weight?

10f Do you happen to know Mr. Cooper’s office address?

11a I don’t happen to know his address.

11b I don’t happen to know her address.

11c I don’t happen to know John’s address.

12a Could you tell me where the nearest telephone is?

12b Could you tell me where the nearest hospital is?

12c Could you tell me where the nearest ladies’ room is?

12d Could you tell me where the nearest men’s room is?

13a Where’s the post office? Should I go this way, or that way?

13b Where’s the university? Should I go this way, or that way?

13c Where’s the bank? Should I go this way, or that way?

13d Where’s the airport? Should I go this way, or that way?

14a Go that way for two blocks, then turn left.

14b Go that way for a block or two, then turn left.

14c Go that way for about two miles, then turn left.

15a I beg your pardon. Is this seat taken?

15b I beg your pardon. Is this seat occupied?

15c I beg your pardon. Is this seat reserved?

15d I beg your pardon. Is this seat reserved for somebody?

16a The restaurant is up those stairs.

16b The restaurant is on the second floor.

16c The restaurant is down those stairs.

16d The restaurant is in the basement.

17a Isn’t the restaurant straight ahead?

17b Isn’t the restaurant around the corner?

17c Isn’t the restaurant in the middle of the next block?

17d Isn’t the restaurant right on the corner of Washington Street?

Reading Practice

Last week Bill had to go to New York. It was his first time there, and he didn’t know his way around the city. He had a meeting at 10 o’clock, and he wanted to be on time. La semana pasada, Bill tuvo que ir a Nueva York. Era su primera vez allí, y él no sabía que su camino alrededor de la ciudad. Tenía una reunión a las 10 horas, y quería llegar a tiempo.

The meeting was in the Peterson Building on 34th Street, but Bill didn’t know where that was. Seeing two men standing on a corner he asked them for directions. La reunión tuvo lugar en el Edificio de Peterson en la calle 34, pero Bill no sabía dónde estaba. Al ver a dos hombres de pie en un rincón, les preguntó por el camino.

“Pardon me,” he said, “but can you tell me how to get to the Peterson Building on 34th Street?” “Perdón,” dijo, “pero me puede decir cómo llegar al edificio de Peterson en la calle 34?”

“Sure,” answered one of the men. “You can get there in five minutes. Go to the next corner and turn left. Walk three blocks and there you are.” “Claro”, respondió uno de los hombres. “Se puede llegar en cinco minutos. Ir a la siguiente esquina y girar a la izquierda. Camine tres cuadras y ahí estás.”

But the other man said: “There’s a better way. Get on the bus here at this corner. It stops right near the Peters Building.” Pero el otro hombre dijo: “No hay una mejor manera de llegar en el autobús aquí en esta esquina se detiene justo al lado del edificio Peters…”

“Not Peters,” Bill told him, “Peterson.” Then the first man said, “Oh, that’s on East 34th Street, not West 34th. It’s quite a distance from here. You’ll have to take the subway.” “No Peters,” Bill le dijo, “Peterson.” A continuación, el primer hombre dijo: “Oh, eso es en la calle 34 Este, no West 34th. Está bastante lejos de aquí. Vas a tener que coger el metro.”

But the second man told Bill: “No, don’t go by subway. Take the crosstown bus. It goes to the Peterkin Building.” Pero el segundo hombre le dijo a Bill: “No, no te vayas en metro Tome el bus crosstown Se va a la construcción Peterkin…”

“Peterson. Not Peterkin.” Bill looked at his watch. It was almost ten o’clock. “Thanks a lot,” he said. “I think I’ll take a taxi.” “Peterson. No Peterkin.” Bill miró su reloj. Era casi las diez. “Muchas gracias”, dijo. “Creo que voy a tomar un taxi.”

As he got into the taxi he saw the two men arguing and pointing in different directions. Next time he wanted to know how to get to a place, he’d ask a policeman! Como se metió en el taxi que vio a los dos hombres discutiendo y apuntando en distintas direcciones. La próxima vez que quería saber cómo llegar a un lugar, le pediría a un policía!

Questions:

1. Why did Bill have to go to New York. He had a meeting to go to.

2. What time was his meeting? It was at ten o’clock.

3. Who wanted to help Bill find the Peterson Building? The two men standing on the corner.

4. What did he finally do? He decided to take a taxi.

5. What did Bill want to do the next time he needed to ask directions? Ask a policeman.

Conversation

1. Getting Directions

A: Excuse me. Can you tell me how to get to the post office?

B: Of course. It’s very near here. Go to the corner and turn right. Walk one block and turn right again. Go across the street. The post office is on the corner. You can’t miss it.

A: Thank you very much. I’m sure I’ll find it.

B: There’s one thing I forgot to tell you.

A: What’s that?

B: Today is a holiday. The post office is closed.

2. Going to the movies

A: What time does the complete show begin?

B: At seven o’clock. The first picture begins at seven-twenty.

A: How long does the complete program last?

B: The first show is finished at nine. The program lasts two hours.

A: Is the same picture on tomorrow night?

B: No. This is the last night.

A: Then I’ll have to see it now. One ticket please.

Word List

across (GSL-404)

airport

around (GSL-174)

bank

basement

captain

church

colonel

corner

direction

down

drive

height

information

ladies’ room

mens’ room

miss

number

occupied

officer

post office

profession

railroad

reserved

seat

sir

stairs

station

straight ahead

up

walk

way

Verb Forms

happen to, happened to

miss, missed

turn, turned

Expressions

be taken

I beg your pardon

Supplementary Word List

(Conversation and Reading Practice)

better

building

bus

complete

crosstown

east

find

holiday

last

pointing

policeman

subway

ticket

west