Getting lost
Have you ever got lost? How can you find your way when you are lost? Have you ever helped someone who got lost? Do you ever use any applications with maps?
Vocabulary
  • Wind up (phrasal verb) - to find yourself in an unexpected and usually unpleasant situation, especially as a result of what you do.
  • Sense of direction (noun) - the ability to find places or to know which direction to go.
  • To navigate (verb) - to successfully find a way from one place to another.
  • By sight - by appearance; by recognizing but not through being acquainted.
  • Reference point (noun) - (of location) a point used to find or describe the location of something.
  • Orienteering (noun) - an activity in which you have to find your way to somewhere on foot as quickly as possible by using a map and a compass.
  • Wander off (phrasal verb) - to leave from someone or something.
  • To head (verb) - to go in a particular direction.
Questions and answers
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M: Have you ever got lost?

R: Isn't there a joke about men never getting lost, they just use their own directions. Seriously, though, I've lost my way once or twice, but it was nothing terribly serious.

M: When was the last time you got lost?

R: I actually despite the coincidence at the beginning, I actually did have trouble finding the studio we were working at once. I just misread the directions and wound up one street over or something like that. It was hardly a big deal. But that was the last time I was lost.

M: How can you find your way when you are lost?

R: Oh, GPS has saved me so many times. I usually have a reasonable sense of direction too. I'm just not very good with specific place names. But I'm very good at like navigating by sight. And of course, tall buildings make good reference points in my case.

M: Are you good at reading a map when you get lost?

R: Reasonably well. I wasn't great at orienteering when we were in the scouts. I'm much better at finding my way around by what I can see around me, like I said, rather than what's on a map.

M: Have you ever helped someone who got lost?

R: I've tried. People in Moscow always used to ask me for directions. And I always thought I gave pretty good answers to their questions. But sometimes, they would go and wander off and talk to another person probably just to double-check what I'd said.

M: Do you ever use any applications with maps?
R: Um, I do. Yes. I use Google Maps often. And when I was, when I lived in Moscow, I used the Yandex taxi app and it's got a map on it, and it helped me find my way to places or at least understand the direction I was headed in.

M: Thank you very, so much for your answers! Dear listener, we hope that you were not lost in his answers!
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