Dialogues Between a Pedestrian And a Local
To the Local Café
Pedestrian: Excuse me, could you tell me where I can find a good place to grab a coffee around here?
Local: Sure thing! You’ll want to head down Main Street for about two blocks, then take a right on Oak Avenue. There’s a cozy café on the corner called “The Daily Grind.” They have the best lattes in town and homemade pastries.
To the Town Library
Pedestrian: I’m looking for a quiet place to read. Is there a library nearby?
Local: Absolutely. Walk straight down this road, and after you pass the post office, make a left on Maple Lane. The library is a big stone building about a half-mile down, right next to the community park. It’s got a great selection of books and plenty of reading nooks.
To the Historical Museum
Pedestrian: I’d love to learn more about the history of this town. Is there a museum or something similar?
Local: Yes, indeed! Go back to the town square where the fountain is, and take the first left. It’s about three blocks down on the right side. Look for the old Victorian house with the blue shutters. That’s the historical museum. They’ve got exhibits dating back to the 1800s.
To the Town Hall
Pedestrian: Could you direct me to the town hall? I need to pick up some information.
Local: Of course! See the clock tower down there? Head towards it. The town hall is the large brick building right before you reach the tower. It’s on the corner of Pine Street and Third Avenue. Can’t miss it.
To the Local Diner
Pedestrian: I’m starving. Where can I find some good, hearty food around here?
Local: Well, if you’re in the mood for some classic comfort food, “Betty’s Diner” is the place to go. Just take this road up to the traffic light, go straight through, and it’s on your left-hand side, right after the gas station. They make a meatloaf that’s just like your grandma used to make.
To the Bus Station
Pedestrian: I’m trying to figure out how to get to the bus station. Can you help me?
Local: No problem. You’ll want to take a left at the next intersection, and then it’s just a straight walk for about ten minutes. The bus station will be on your right, across from the supermarket. There’s a big sign out front, you can’t miss it.
“Go straight ahead” 🛣️ – Use this to indicate the person should continue forward without turning.
“Take a left/right at the corner” ↩️↪️ – This means to make a left or right turn at the intersection or corner.
“It’s on your left/right” 👈👉 – Indicates that the destination will be on the person’s left or right side.
“You’ll pass [landmark], it will be on your side” 🏦 – To indicate a point of reference that the person will see before reaching their destination.
“It’s just past the [landmark]” 🚏 – This means the destination is immediately after a notable spot.
“Make a U-turn if you reach [landmark]” 🔁 – Advises to turn around at a specific point if they’ve gone too far.
“It’s across from [another location]” 📍 – Indicates that the destination is directly opposite another place.
“You’re looking for a [description of the building]” 🏢 – Gives a brief description of what the building looks like.
“It’s a few blocks away” 🚶♂️ – Suggests that the destination is a short distance away, usually walkable.
“You’ll see a sign for it” 🚸 – Indicates that there will be signage pointing to the destination.
“It’s right next to the [other location]” 🏪 – This shows that the destination is immediately beside another known place.
“You’ll need to cross [a street or feature]” 🚷 – To indicate that one must go over or through a certain area to get to the destination.
“Keep an eye out for [unique feature]” 👀 – To suggest staying alert for a distinctive characteristic that will signal they are close to their destination.
“The entrance is off of [a side street or feature]” 🚪 – Used when the entry to a place isn’t directly on the main road but on a side street or alley.
“It’s about a [time or distance] walk/drive” ⏱️🚗 – Provides an estimate of how long it will take to get there or how far it is.