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As the 2008 Olympic Games will be hold in Beijing, all the residents in Beijing should have one of the basic qualities, the ability of communicating with tourists in English. The topic “asking and giving directions” is common and crucial in daily life. In Beijing, the government advocated the public to learn and practice English. According to the investigation, the majority of people have mastered simple expressions of asking and giving directions. During the 2008 Olympic Games, the residents in Beijing will be volunteers to guide and giving directions for foreigners and travelers from other countries.
However, if you were a stranger or lost in Beijing or other countries, how could you get your directions and who should ask for help first? At first, I suggest you first ask the police for directions if there they are nearer. If there is no policeman, you can require the couples with their children or the old to provide help, because they ought to be the local men. Usually the conversation beginning like this " Excuse me or Where is the..." Then describe the place you want to go. After you know the directions, you must say “Thank You” to appreciate the person who tells you the directions. Since this topic is very important, in this unit we’ll learn some expressions about asking and giving directions.
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