Asking Directions 问路

旅游者:对不起,先生,我要找去弗兰克·劳埃德·赖特所设计的教堂。我忘记了那教堂的名字,但是我知道这是这里的最漂亮的建筑物中的一个。

本地人:哦,我知道你所说的。你一定是刚到这里。有很多旅游者都在问这个教堂在哪里。你是开车还是乘坐公共汽车?

旅游者:今天我乘公共汽车。你说的很对,我是个旅游者。昨天我整天开车到处浏览景点,但是我决定今天乘公共汽车旅游。

本地人:这很好啊!乘公共汽车虽然比较慢,但是你可以把这个城市看得比较仔细一些。首先,你走错路了。所以你要走两个多街口,到加维大街,在那里你可以搭乘A-12号公共汽车,大约一英里多路。当你付公共汽车票的时候,要告诉驾驶员,你要转车。当你转乘第二辆车的时候可以用。在普雷斯科特街下车,然后转M-16号公共汽车,往北。

旅游者:也许我应该把你告诉我的写下来,可能这样才不会走丢了。让我看:先是乘A-12到普雷斯科特街,然后转M-16往北。

本地人:对!请最后一位公共汽车驾驶员在山谷路站告诉你下车。那个你邀去的教堂就在附近了。你是绝对不会错过的。

旅游者:谢谢!非常感激您的指点。

另外一个本地人:嘿,年轻人,我听到了你刚才与那位先生的对话,他告诉你该怎么走。

旅游者:对啊,太太。

另外一个本地人:我想他一定是搞错了,因为他告诉你的走法是不对的。如果你按他所说的走法,你将会有一个很美满的旅途,但是你去的却是动物园,而不是你要去的教堂。

旅游者:那我该怎么办呢?

另外一个本地人:我带你去。我现在要去的方向就是你要去乘坐的公共汽车站的方向。你是哪里人?你的口音很特别。

旅游者:我是从南美洲秘鲁的利马来的。这是我第一次来美国,而且我想尽量多游览一些地方。

另外一个本地人:我还没有到过你的国家。我所到过最南的地方就是墨西哥城了。好吧,我们到了。在华尔小道和厄特利街的转角处,这就是你要等你的公共汽车的车站。乘S-1号车,公共汽车就会停在我们现在站的地方,然后开到湖那边。公共汽车会右转,那你就得下车,窜过马路。那条路叫“湖滨小道”。

旅游者:那么,那个由弗兰克·劳埃德·赖特所设计的教堂就在那里吗?

另外一个本地人:不是。你会看到与这个公共汽车站一样的牌子,我们这里的公共汽车站都用这样的牌子,这样就比较容易找了。你要再换一辆公共汽车,乘坐T-2号车,往南方向。在T-2号车的终点站就是在由弗兰克·劳埃德·赖特所设计的教堂对面。你在公共汽车上的时间总共不会超过半个小时。

旅游者:真是谢谢您帮我把路线搞清楚了。不然的话,在这样一个大城市里真是很容易走丢了的。

另外一个本地人:其实,如果你有一张地图,那就很容易找到各个地方了。我建议你买一张地图。整个城市是按照设计规划建造的,每一条街都有名字。如果你对地图稍微做些研究,你就觉得找地方是很容易的一件事。

旅游者: 现在过来的是不是我该乘坐的公共汽车?

另外一个本地人:对,就是它。你有没有零钱?

旅游者:怎么?公共汽车的驾驶员不给我找零钱吗?

另外一个本地人:现在没有了。以前,驾驶员给乘客找零钱,现在都没有这样的事了。你要有恰当的零钱来付公共汽车票。当你上车的时候,在驾驶员边上的地上有一个箱子,你就把你该付的公共汽车票钱投入到这个箱子里。当你要下车的时候,就拉一下窗边上的那条绳子,告诉驾驶员你要下车。

旅游者:至少这与我们国内的情况是一样的,在我们秘鲁的公共汽车里,也是用这样拉一下绳子的方法来告诉驾驶员,如果你要下车的话。我希望我不会迷路。谢谢你,再见!








讨论问题:
  1. 那位旅游者是一位女士、还是一位老年男士、还是一位小孩、还是一位年轻男士?您怎么知道的?
  2. 那位旅游者想要去哪里?为什么要去那里?
  3. 那位旅游者是从哪里来的?为什么这位旅游者会到这个城市?
  4. 第一位本地人告诉他该怎么行?
  5. 而第二位本地人又告诉他什么了呢?
  6. 在上文中所叙述的城市是否在水边?你是怎么知道的?
  7. 在你的城市里,你是否能够为陌生人指点方向?
  8. 你平时乘坐什么样的公共交通?
  9. 你是否认为绝大部分的人能够给问路的陌生人提供很好的解答?
  10. 在你的城市里,找方向是不是会很困难?
  11. 乘坐公共交通设施有什么样的优缺点?
  12. Transfer是什么意思?
  13. 在你居住的附近有没有什么出名的建筑物?它们是哪些呢?
  14. 除了上文对话中所提到的建筑师以外,你是否还知道其他有名的建筑师?
  15. Zoo是什么意思?


Tourist: Excuse me, sir, I’m trying to find my way to the church that Frank Lloyd Wright designed. I forget the name of it, but I’m told that it’s one of the most beautiful buildings in the city.

Native: Yes, I know the one you mean. You must be new in town. We get a lot of tourists asking where that church is. Are you driving or taking public transportation?

Tourist: Today I’m taking buses. You’re right; I am a tourist. I drove here yesterday and spent the day driving to all the sights, but today I have decided to go by bus.

Native: That’s good. It’s slower, but you’ll get to see more of the city riding the bus. First of all, you’re on the wrong street. You have to walk more than two blocks to Garvey Boulevard where you’ll catch the A-12 bus. Take it about a mile. When you pay the driver, be sure to ask for a transfer; you’ll need it. Get off the A-12 at Prescott Avenue and transfer to the M-16 bus going north.

Tourist: Maybe I should write all this down. I don’t want to get lost. Let’s see. That’s the A-12 to Prescott, then transfer to the M-16 going north.

Native: Right. Ask the last driver to let you off at Valley Road. The church you’re looking for is only a short walk from there. You can’t miss it.

Tourist: Thanks. I appreciate your help.

Second Native: Young man, I couldn’t help but overhear your conversation with that gentleman who just gave you directions.

Tourist: Yes, ma’am?

Second Native: I think he must be confused, because the directions he gave you are all wrong. If you follow them, you’ll have a lovely ride, but you’ll end up at the zoo.

Tourist: What should I do, then?

Second Native: Walk with me. I’m heading in the direction where you’ll be catching the bus you want. Where are you from? I don’t recognize your accent.

Tourist: I’m from Lima, Peru. That’s in South America. This is my first visit to the States, and I want to see as many sights as I can.

Second Native: I’ve never visited your country. The farthest south I’ve ever been is Mexico City. Well, here we are. This is the corner of Wall Drive and Utley Street, and here is your bus stop. Take this S-1, which will stop right where we’re standing, down to the lake. The bus will turn right, but you should get off and cross the street. It’s called Shore Lane.

Tourist: And that’s where the Frank Lloyd Wright church is?

Second Native: No. You’ll see another bus stop with a sign like this one. All the bus stops here have the same bright-colored signs, so they’re easy to spot. Transfer there to the T-2 going south. The end of the line for the T-2 is just across the street from the Frank Lloyd Wright church. The whole ride shouldn’t take you any more than thirty minutes.

Tourist: Thank you. I’m glad you set me straight. It would be easy to get lost in a town this large.

Second Native: It’s not difficult to find your way around if you have a good map of the city. I recommend that you buy one. There’s a definite plan to the way the city is designed and the streets are named. If you study a map, you’ll find out how easy it is.

Tourist: Is that my bus coming down the street now?

Second Native: Yes, it is. I hope you have the correct change.

Tourist: Why? Won’t the driver make  change for me?

Second Native: Not any more. In the old days, drivers made change for people, but now you have to have the correct amount. When you get on, you drop the fare into a fare box which sits on the floor next to the driver. When you want to get off, pull the cord above the side windows to signal the driver.

Tourist: At least that’s the same. Our Peruvian buses also use the cord signal. I hope I don’t get lost. Thank you and goodbye.


Discussion Questions:
  1. Was the tourist a lady, an old man, a child, or a young man? How do you know that?
  2. Where does the tourist want to go? Why?
  3. Where did the tourist come from? Why is the tourist in this city?
  4. What did the first native person tell him to do?
  5. What did the second native person tell him?
  6. Is the city in the dialogue near water? How do you know?
  7. Could you provide directions to a stranger in your city?
  8. Which buses do you regularly ride?
  9. Do you find that most people are able to give good directions?
  10. Is it difficult to find your way around in your city?
  11. What are the advantages and disadvantages of riding public transportation?
  12. What is a transfer?
  13. Are there any famous buildings near where you live? Which ones?
  14. Besides the one mentioned in the dialogue, do you  know any other famous architects?
  15. What is a zoo?


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