Making suggestions

In this video, Noelia and Yuna have a very good meeting. Listen to the language they use for making suggestions 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 make suggestions? Listen out for useful language for making suggestions. Then, we'll practise saying the new phrases – after this!


Yuna: OK, this time let's focus. Phones off.

Noelia: Yes, and in my bag! 

Yuna: Ready?

Noelia: I'm ready.

Yuna: We have half an hour.

Noelia: OK, let's go!

Yuna: How about starting with social media?

Noelia: Sure. Engagement is up 15 per cent this month.

Yuna: Good. So let's go for 20 per cent for next month.

Noelia: Yeah, sure. I'll tell the team. We'll need some extra help to make it work.

Yuna: Agreed. Good idea.

Yuna: Why don't you ask Vanya to help you create a new social media plan?

Noelia: OK, no problem. Shall we present it at the next team meeting together?

Yuna: Good plan. Can you let Paul see it first? 

Noelia: Sure, I'll do that.

Yuna: Anything else? 

Noelia: No, that's it. 

Yuna: And that's half an hour! We did it! 

Noelia: We're really good at this! 


Ana: Hello again! Wow, that was a good meeting! So, did you notice the useful phrases used for making suggestions? Listen to me and then repeat. 


Let's focus.

How about starting with social media?

Yeah, sure.

We'll need some extra help.

Agreed. Good idea.

Why don't you ask Vanya?

OK, no problem.

Shall we present it at the meeting?

Good plan.


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

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Submitted by sheebix on Tue, 24/11/2020 - 06:15

im sorry could you tell me why the video cant be played?

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Submitted by hossein.khosravi on Mon, 23/11/2020 - 15:29

we can turn off our cellphones for less than 30 minutes but for longer we can't

Submitted by karim.medusa on Fri, 13/11/2020 - 03:48

sometimes that I need more focus

Submitted by Khin Khin Htet on Mon, 09/11/2020 - 10:49

Yes , I usually do my phone in silence mode in Office Meeting and Class ! I never switch off my phone. It is not fine if switch off for me !

Submitted by mrelvinaliyev on Fri, 06/11/2020 - 06:39

No. When i learn english in this site i do my phone in silent mode.

Submitted by Kaique Machado on Tue, 03/11/2020 - 01:47

Yes, i have started switch off the phone to starting get more focus to do my lessons

Submitted by mrelvinaliyev on Thu, 29/10/2020 - 06:44

If i need focus in my work usualy i use silence mode on my phone.

Submitted by mrelvinaliyev on Thu, 29/10/2020 - 06:41

Yeah.At the Moment i phones off to focus to learn english with this site.Because i use the computer when i do task

Submitted by O'Prata on Tue, 27/10/2020 - 17:46

It's really difficult to keep the phone off during a meeting but in order not to lose focus we must do it. I found this lesson very diverting because I didn't know that "Let's...", "Why don't you ask..." and "How about..." were forms of making suggestions. I thought only modal verbs as should, would, could, can and so on were eligible for that. Thanks!

Submitted by pabloxje on Sun, 25/10/2020 - 03:14

No t really, if I need to focus in my work I usually use the silence mode on my cellular phone.

Submitted by alexiaimogen on Wed, 21/10/2020 - 07:02

Well, I rarely switch off my mobile phone because I'm afraid there are urgent things coming.
:) yes but sometimes it really important just like before starting this course I put my mobile phone in my bag so can't be disturbed :)

Submitted by Maria19 on Sun, 18/10/2020 - 11:25

No, I'm not switch off my phone. Actually, I switch my phone in a mute mode. Then, it's does not bother anyone.

Submitted by Larysa on Sat, 17/10/2020 - 20:25

I never switch my mobile phone off, I just press the mute button. So it doesn't interrupt my meeting or disturb somebody.
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Submitted by Thet Lwin Aung on Thu, 15/10/2020 - 06:33

I don't see any video.

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Submitted by Victor Hugo Fl… on Wed, 14/10/2020 - 19:59

Sometimes if I do, it's not always possible to turn off my phone, to be more focused

Submitted by Nurieta on Tue, 13/10/2020 - 10:02

My phone is always silent when I need to be focus on my task.

Submitted by togrul01 on Sun, 11/10/2020 - 20:13

Sometimes yes. When I possess a lot of work, I switch off my phone or Wi-Fi.

Submitted by Eyasin Arafat on Sat, 10/10/2020 - 01:46

No. To focus my work, I think switching phon off is not necessary rather it has some negative effect. Such as, it's may be someone can't connect with you and you also miss him or her. So, it is better to keep my phone in 'don't disturb mode', when I need to focus my job. I do it.

Submitted by Moon Wathan on Thu, 08/10/2020 - 15:11

Yeah, I always switch off my phone when I was teaching in the classroom. If so, I can focus the lessons for my students.

Submitted by Lilly098 on Thu, 08/10/2020 - 05:02

Partly yes, but mostly no. In case of emergency, I usually turn silent mode on and put away from work instead of switching off. This helps me concentrate on a lot.

Submitted by Hyuka on Fri, 25/09/2020 - 15:05

No.I don't do like that.I just put it away out of my sight.

Submitted by Md. Al-amin on Fri, 25/09/2020 - 03:29

No. Most of the time I did silent my mobile phone to concentrate my study

Submitted by Salma777 on Wed, 23/09/2020 - 16:57

No I don't but I am considering this idea . I guess it's good idea becuz the phone is really a distraction especially with the social media . Sometime you're using your phone to study , it's better to silent the notifications . Additionally, there are many mobile apps that help you stay focus , you can check them :)
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Submitted by danisep on Thu, 17/09/2020 - 23:52

When I study my phone is always in do not disturb mode, If I don't listen any notification nothing is happening.

Submitted by Lena on Sat, 12/09/2020 - 11:30

Sometimes I do and it really helps. But honestly I can't always find willpower to do it.

Submitted by Salem201 on Tue, 01/09/2020 - 05:43

Yes, always switching my phone off .. too much annoying especially when I study

Submitted by HeinHtetKyaw on Sun, 23/08/2020 - 22:25

I watched this video three two twice and memorized this 'engagement, present' thanks a lot
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Submitted by shelly on Thu, 20/08/2020 - 10:48

Yes, when I am doing some urgent things or having an important meeting, I will turn off the phone or make it silence.
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Submitted by Caterina Siligardi on Sun, 16/08/2020 - 17:36

Yes, sometimes I do. Especially when I study English or Ido difficult exercises.

Submitted by soylemezali42 on Sat, 15/08/2020 - 13:54

I can’t switch my mobile phone because I need to contact some of my friends. But I know that mobile phones are time consuming when you have to focus on working.

Submitted by Amany mohamed on Fri, 14/08/2020 - 01:07

No,i make it mute

Submitted by Inesines on Fri, 07/08/2020 - 17:43

No ,I just turn it on mute.

Submitted by MammadovAnar on Mon, 03/08/2020 - 15:50

Do you ever switch off your mobile phone to help you focus? Yes. When I usually study hard I switch off my phone. Sometimes, I use the Pomodoro technique. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. In this technique, the work is traditionally separated by short breaks (usually 5 minutes), 25 minutes long. For this, the timer is used.

Submitted by Momocompanyman on Sun, 02/08/2020 - 12:48

I'm used to switch off my phone when l focus in my project
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Submitted by Ivanox76 on Wed, 29/07/2020 - 04:41

Switch off the phones before a meeting is absolutely important, I always do it, because that help to focus in the tasks of the company.

Submitted by Shonazar on Wed, 22/07/2020 - 20:52

Turning off the phone makes me depressed, so I just shut the volume down when need to concentrate.

Submitted by M19 on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 06:29

Never! It seems a bad thing for me to do especially on a working day. Keeping an open communication at the place of work is important. I think it's more efficient to put on the vibration/silent mode than to switch off the phone.

Submitted by M19 on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 06:20

Never! It seems a bad thing for me to do especially on a working day. Keeping an open communication at the place of work is important. I think it's more efficient to put on the vibration/silent mode than switching off the phone.

Submitted by Phan Bao Dung on Mon, 20/07/2020 - 19:25

Yes, I do. When I want to finish a task in a short time, I need a high focus and I switch off my phone or other equipment that makes me unfocus.

Submitted by lampenaca on Fri, 17/07/2020 - 23:55

No, never do that!