Giving instructions

In this video, Vanya helps Emir learn how to use a new coffee machine. Listen to the language Vanya uses to give instructions and practise saying the useful phrases.

Do the preparation exercise first. Then watch the video and do the exercises to check your understanding and practise the language.


Ana: Hi! I'm Ana. Welcome to What to Say

Do you know what to say when you give instructions? Listen out for useful language for giving instructions. Then, we'll practise saying the new phrases – after this.


Emir: Argh! It's not working. 

Vanya: Are you OK?

Emir: Do you know how to use this machine?

Vanya: Yeah, I'll show you.

Emir: Ah, thanks.

Vanya: OK. First, you have to put the correct amount of coffee in here.

Emir: Aha.

Vanya: Then you press it down with this.

Emir: I see.

Vanya: Right, OK. Next, you put this here and turn it until it's quite tight.

Emir: Right.

Vanya: After that, you just press this button.

Emir: OK, that seems clear.

Vanya: Great! Now it's your turn. 

Emir: Is this OK?

Vanya: Yes, that's right. Now press it down.

Emir: Like this? 

Vanya: Yeah, you're doing well.

Emir: Thanks! What do I do next?

Vanya: Connect it to the machine.

Emir: Is there anything else?

Vanya: That's it. Just press the button.

Vanya: Well?

Emir: Delicious! Thank you.

Vanya: You're welcome. 


Ana: Hello again! Oh, I love a good coffee! So, did you notice the useful phrases used for giving instructions? Listen to me and then repeat. 


First, you have to put the coffee here. 

Then you press it down with this.

I see.

Right, OK. Next, you put this here.

After that, you just press this button.

OK, that seems clear.

Is this OK?

Yes, that's right.

Like this?

You're doing well.

What do I do next?

Is there anything else?


Ana: Try and use some of these phrases the next time you give instructions in English. Bye for now!


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Submitted by Ivanox76 on Wed, 29/07/2020 - 20:18

So far, I have never given instructions in English, only in Spanish, and I think that I am a well instructor.
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Submitted by Hennadii on Fri, 24/07/2020 - 13:38

I regret to say that I've never given instructions in English. And it's a pity because giving instructions is a good way to practice the target language. Honestly, I quite rarely use English in my life and that's why I use the British Council site to improve my skills (and it helps a lot). Sometimes I give some simple instructions to my son when we study English together. I help him to learn because he's on his first steps now So I tell him "let's read this", "let's write that", or "well done, you're doing right".

Submitted by Phan Bao Dung on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 18:09

Just yesterday. I had an online English course and I gave instructions in English with my partner about our homework.

Submitted by Asni on Fri, 17/07/2020 - 23:00

I gave instructions in English a few years ago at univesity. It was in a user manual for an information system that we developed as the practical part of a subject.

Submitted by fatfat on Fri, 17/07/2020 - 13:14

I never give instructions in English.

Submitted by Jerome NR on Wed, 15/07/2020 - 14:05

Thanks you for this lesson.

Submitted by Rapershi on Wed, 08/07/2020 - 22:23

I have never given earlier:) But i try to give now:) i give intruction for rice. First put the correct amount of water in pat. and wait for the water to boil. and then put two cup of rice in pot. wait for it thirty minutes. after half hour empty water. if you like spice pour some of it too.that's it:)good appetite

Submitted by Suellen Esteves on Tue, 07/07/2020 - 20:17

I never gave instructions in English. So sad it

Submitted by abudo93 on Fri, 03/07/2020 - 14:47

The last time was when I try to make tea, I learned how to make tea by instructions from youtub.