1.1 Finding the Way

1.1 Finding the Way


Read this scenario and compare it with the translation. After that plan to do the role-play activity with the partner. 


 In this role-play, one student is a tourist who is lost in Delhi, and the other is a local giving direction. They discuss street names, landmarks, and how to reach a specific location.


Tourist: माफ़ कीजिए, क्या मालूम है (सफ़दरगंज से) दिल्ली हाट कहाँ है? 

Local: मुझे नहीं ठीक से नहीं मालूम लेकिन शायद वह पास ही* है। क्या आपके पास गूगल मैप है?

Tourist: हाँ, वह तो है लेकिन मुझे समझ नहीं आ रहा किस तरफ़ जाना है।

Local: दिखाइए! पहले आप सीधे जाइए फिर एक पेट्रोल पम्प आएगा उसके बाद ही* है। बहुत आसान है।

Tourist: कितना दूर है?

Local: कम से कम आधे घंटे चलना होगा। आप मेट्रो से जा सकते हैं। अगला स्टॉप ही है।

Tourist: ठीक है। मैं मेट्रो लेता हूँ।

Local: ठीक है।

Tourist : धन्यवाद जी !

Local: आप कहाँ से हैं?

Tourist: मैं जापान से हूँ। अच्छा फिर मिलेंगे


*ही – only /  for emphasis on something  


The translation of the dialogues into English:


Tourist: Excuse me, do you know where Delhi Haat is from Safdarjung?

Local: I am not exactly sure, but I think it is nearby. Do you have Google Maps?

Tourist: Yes, I have it, but I am not understanding which way to go.

Local: Show me! First, go straight, then you will come across a petrol pump, and it’s right after that. It’s very easy.

Tourist: How far is it?

Local: It will be at least a half-hour walk. You can take the metro; the next stop is the one.

Tourist: Alright. I will take the metro.

Local: Okay.

Tourist: Thank you!

Local: Where are you from?

Tourist: I am from Japan. See you again.


Now it’s your turn


In this role-play, one student acts as a tourist who is lost in Jaipur, while the other student takes on the role of a local providing directions. They will converse about street names, notable landmarks, and the best routes to reach a specific destination. After completing the role-play, students should switch roles and perform the scenario again.


Some suggestions:

  • Choose your gender, country of origin, and desired destination.
  • Select from the following places for your role-play scenario:
    • From Hawa Mahal to Amer Fort (distance: 7.9 km)
    • From Hawa Mahal Road to Hawa Mahal (distance: 600 meters)
    • From Birla Mandir to Hawa Mahal (distance: 4.3 km)
  • At the end of the interaction, remember to thank the local. Feel free to ask casual questions to make the conversation more realistic and engaging.

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