Asking and giving directions

Asking and giving directions 

Learning Objectives 

  • Asking for, understanding, and giving directions
  • Using the verb “prendre” in the indicative present tense
  • Impératif tense (2nd person)

Supplemental resources: vocabulary about the city

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Key Words & Phrases

Note: “apprendre” (to learn) is conjugated the same way as “prendre”

  • La mairie / l’hôtel de ville
  • La poste
  • La banque
  • Le poste de police / Le commissariat
  • La déchetterie
  • La piscine municipale
  • Le parc
  • L’église (f.)
  • La mosquée
  • La synagogue
  • Le temple
  • L’arrêt de bus
  • La station de métro
  • La gare routière
  • La gare
  • L’aéroport (m.)
  • Le parking
  • La rue
  • L’avenue
  • Le chemin
  • Le rond-point
  • Le feu (tricolore) / le feu rouge
  • Le virage
  • À droite ≠ à gauche
  • Tout droit
  • La première, la deuxième, la troisième


  • Excusez-moi, où se trouve la mairie ?
  • Continuez tout droit, puis prenez la deuxième à gauche. 
  • Merci pour votre aide. / Je vous remercie.
  • Je vous en prie.


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Dialogue about directions

The imperative

“prendre” in the present tense

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Kwiziq: The imperative

Kwiziq: “prendre” and derivatives in the present tense


Thomasharuki: Listening practice, directions

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Français Immersion: “prendre” in the present tense

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FrenchPod101: Directions

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Practice Practice directions Listening comprehension

To learn French: practice the imperative

Using one of the recommended resources to get writing feedback, respond to the prompt below. 

  • Your penpal Antoine is coming to visit. Unfortunately, you cannot come to greet him at the train station. You are writing him a message with directions so he can find you easily. Try to use the imperative (you can use the informal or the formal). 

You don’t live anywhere near a train station? Then, make it a bus stop or even a supermarket – what matters is that you get to practice the imperative and directions!

Using one of the platforms for finding a tutor or language exchange partner, practice the speaking activities below. 

Partner Speaking Exercise:

  • Take a map of a city (if you cannot find one easily, here is a map of the City of Bordeaux – click on it to zoom in). Choose your current location on the map, and have your French-speaking partner ask you for directions to a destination of their choice (on the map!). Give them the directions.
  • Now, imagine you are lost in the city and you are asking your partner for directions to a destination of your choice. Make sure you understand the directions given.

Independent Speaking Exercise:

Have a look at this map of Paris and try to do the exercise. Imagine you are giving someone directions from the Arc de Triomphe to the places mentioned in the document.

You can find instructions and a download link in our flashcards module

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