Basic: giving directions

Study how to give directions in Chinese

 

Arrive, dào, 到 

How long do you take to arrive from work to home? cóng jiā dào nǐ men gōng sī,xū yào duō shǎo shí jiān? 从家到你们公司,需要多少时间?
I arrived to Madrid two days ago. dào mǎ dé lǐ yǐ jīng liǎng tiān le。 我到马德里已经两天了。
Excuse me, how many stations left to arrive to Madrid University? qǐng wèn,dào mǎ dé lǐ dà xué yǒu jǐ zhàn? 请问,到马德里大学有几站?
 

 

Continue, follow, xiàng, 向 

Please, continue 100 metres to the East. qǐng xiàng dōng zǒu 100mǐ。 请向东走100米。
Please, continue straight for 20 metres. xiàng qián zǒu 20mǐ。 向前走20米
Please, drive north for 30 km, the you will see a station, I will be waiting at the station. qǐng xiàng běi kāi 30qiān mǐ, zhī hòu nǐ kě yǐ kàn dào yī gè chē zhàn,wǒ zài chē zhàn děng nǐ。 请向北开30千米, 之后你可以看到一个车站,我在车站等你。
 

 

Turn, zhuǎn, 转
 guǎi, 拐 

Continue for 300 metres, then turn left, then walk a bit more, then you are there. xiàng qián zǒu 300mǐ,zuǒ zhuǎn /guǎi,zài zǒu yī huì ér,jiù dào le。 向前走300米,左转/拐,再走一会儿,就到了。
Turn back, turn around, turn left, turn right. xiàng hòu zhuǎn,xiàng qián zhuǎn,xiàng zuǒ zhuǎn,xiàng yòu zhuǎn 向后转,向前转,向左转,向右转。
 

 

Go straight, zhí, 直 

Go straight. zhí zǒu 直走
Go straight, the you can see the school. ǐ yī zhí zhí zǒu,jiù kě yǐ kàn dào nà gè xué xiào le。 你一直直走,就可以看到那个学校了。
 

 

dì, 第: together with a number indicates ordinal 

Turn left at the first cross. yī gè lù kǒu zuǒ zhuǎn 第一个路口左转
Turn left at the second light. dì èr gè hóng lǜ dēng zuǒ zhuǎn 第二个红绿灯左转
He was the first man in America. tā shì dì yī gè dào měi zhōu de rén。 他是第一个到美洲的人。