Top Best Way to Ask for Direction in 3 Languages

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Here are several ways of asking direction that we think could be useful during travel. When traveling, sometimes local language could play a crucial role in having a wonderful travel experience. There are 3 languages mentioned here - in English, Japanese and Korean - and let's start the lesson - 

1. English

Always begins the communication with a polite gesture and the smile. You can start the "asking for direction" by -

"Hello, good morning, may I know where is......thanks!"

"Excuse me (with a smile), may I know the direction to...thank you"

"Excuse me, good evening..how do I get to...thank you."

"...excuse me, could you repeat that..thank you"

"..is there any other way to...thank you"

Alway end up the communication with a smile and "thank you". If possible, start the questioning at a public place such as police station, retail mart, nearby stalls, etc.

2. Japanese

While asking, give a good, polite smile and gesture and begin the conversation with a greeting such as 

"すみません" (Sumimasen) - Excuse me

"こんにちわ" (Kon'nichiwa) - Hello

"こんばんわ" (Konbanwa) - Good evening

"おはようございます" (Ohayōgozaimasu) - Good morning

Then followed by asking -

"聞いてもいいですか" (Kiite mo īdesu ka) - "May I ask..."

or 

"ーはどこですか" (Wa dokodesu ka) - "Where is the..."

then, and start with the location such as the train station (鉄道駅 (Tetsudō-eki))

complete the phase/sentence like this -

"駅はどこですか"  ( Eki wa dokodesu ka) - Where is the train station?

then, end the conversation with "ありがとうございました" (Arigatōgozaimashita) - Thank you

and remember, with a polite smile and gesture.

3. Korea

As usual, start your conversation with a polite smile and gesture and greeting such as -

"안녕하세요" (annyeonghaseyo) - hello

It is common to use "안녕하세요"(annyeonghaseyo) for good morning, afternoon and evening greeting - there is no separation for the greetings.

Asking for direction can be in form of sentences which start with, for example, the place that you are looking for or wanting to go added with the question - such as -

"어디 있어요" (eodi iss-eoyo) - where is the

Then add the location in the above sentence. Such as -

공원 (gong-won) - park

then the sentence becomes -

"공원 (gong-won) 어디 있어요 (eodi iss-eoyo)" - where is the park

or

시장 (sijang) - market

then the sentence becomes -

"시장 (sijang) 어디 있어요 (eodi iss-eoyo)"  - where is the market 

Always to end with a polite smile, gesture, and thanks to such as - "대단히 감사합니다."(daedanhi gamsahabnida) - thank you very much

Remember to always give a polite smile and gesture before and after the conversation.

Have a wonderful travel experience! 


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