Asking for directions is the first thing we do when we reach a new place, or even when we are just trying to find a strange place. Knowing how to ask for directions can make our life much easier.
Use greetings and polite expressions. Starting the conversation with a greeting is necessary. If you want to get a nice answer, you'd better begin by saying “hello”. And some words like “may” “can” and “could” will also help you.
Increase your vocabulary. You should know the basic words when asking for directions in a different country. It may be useful for you to remember the names of some famous places. Then try to use the right words when asking for a direction.
Get to know the transportation system. Sometimes, you're likely to find that you are still far from the place you want to go to. Which kind of public transportation should you choose? You might ask like this: Is it far?Do I need to take the bus or the subway to go there?
Try to remember some landmarks(地标). Every city in the world has its own landmarks. You can decrease search time if you know where the most important landmarks are in the city. You may find that you are just around one of the landmarks.
Don't be too shy to ask. Learn to relax if you get lost somewhere. Every person may get lost now and then, especially when visiting a new city. But always make sure you can ask others for help.
1. What's the first thing to do when we reach a new place?
A.Ask for directions.
B.Use greetings and polite expressions.
C.Get to know the transportation system.
D.Increase our vocabulary.
【精析】A 根据第一段第一句“Asking for directions is the first thing we do when we reach a new place…”可知，问路是我们到达一个新地方后做的第一件事情。故选A
2.How many pieces of advice on asking for directions are mentioned in this passage?
3.What does the underlined word “decrease” mean?
【精析】C 根据第五段第三句“You can decrease search time if you know where the most important landmarks are in the city.”可知，如果你知道该城市中最重要的地标在哪里，你可以减少搜索时间。由此可推知，decrease意为“减少”。故选C。
4.Which of the following is NOT correct according to the passage?
A.It's necessary to start a conversation with a greeting.
B.It's not useful to remember the names of some famous places.
C.Every city has its own landmarks.
D.You should learn to relax if you get lost.
【精析】B 根据第三段第三句“It may be useful for you to remember the names of some famous places.”可知，记住一些著名的地方的名字可能对你有用，所以B项错误。选项A、C、D均可在原文中找到依据。故选B。
5.What's the best title of this passage?
A.How to visit a new place
B.How to increase your vocabulary
C.How to use polite expressions
D.How to ask for directions