Given a map like the following:

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Now your friend is standing at 1 end of the street 1 & he want to go to school.

How can you elegantly show him the direction?

Here is what I suggest but it is a bit cumbersome.

-Go Straight
-And Go past the corner between Street 1 & 2
-Keep going straight
-Turn left into the street 3
-Go straight
-Turn right into the Street 4
-Go straight & turn left to street 5
-Go straight until you can see the school
  • Straight on Street 1, then turn left on Street 3, right on Street 4, left on Street 5. The school will be down Street 5 on the right.

This may not be the elegance you are looking for, but I have found that the fewer words one uses to give directions, the more likely the recipient is to actually remember.

  • Including go past *Street 2 could be added for more information. – Katherine Oct 11 '15 at 17:15

There are any number of ways of giving directions, but if I were in this situation, I'd say something like:

Keep going straight on Street 1 until you get to Street 3.
Turn left on Street 3.
Street 3 makes a sharp right turn and becomes Street 4.
Take the first left from Street 4 onto Street 5; the school will be on your right.

I might also give directions using cardinal directions. If the person I was giving directions to seemed to understand them clearly, I would probably shorten the directions a bit as well:

Head south on Street 1, then turn east on Street 3.
Take Street 3 until it runs into Street 4, headed south.
Turn east onto Street 5; the school is on the south side of the road.

Note that "head" is a verb here, it means to travel in the direction that follows. Also when giving directions, we might say "take a {direction or street}" instead of "turn {direction} or go {on a street}."

It never really occurred to me before, but there is a whole set of idioms and slang that go along with direction-giving. I have to think it's going to vary from region to region, so for your information, I'm from the US Midwest.

  • Can you try to use these terms only "Go straight", "turn left into", "turn right into", & "go past"? – Tom Oct 11 '15 at 16:53
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    @Tom Sure, though you would say "turn left/right onto" rather than into. You don't really need to tell people to go past intersections. That is assumed. Something like "Go straight on St. 1 until you get to St. 3. Turn left onto St. 3. Turn right onto St. 4. Turn left onto St. 5." – Jason Patterson Oct 11 '15 at 17:05

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