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 Khin Yee Mon Khaing on Wed, 23/12/2020 - 05:47

It was yesterday.

Submitted by gokmikail38 on Wed, 16/12/2020 - 20:17

actually, earlier! ı never gave instructıon but ı can gıve instructıon now. are you would if you want

Submitted by SarahNadia on Tue, 08/12/2020 - 16:04

I never give instruction in english. But, in now I must try it

Submitted by Zeee on Thu, 03/12/2020 - 10:10

Hi, Is there anyone for conversation?

Submitted by Puselia on Sun, 06/12/2020 - 23:01

In reply to by Zeee

Lets do this!

Submitted by NOURHAN93 on Mon, 23/11/2020 - 00:14

Actually I never do it that in English, but I had tried it in português (it consider it like foreign language for me)

Submitted by phyuhan on Sat, 21/11/2020 - 08:31

How can I access the video of speaking

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Submitted by Carlos Cabrera on Wed, 18/11/2020 - 04:18

I never give instructions in English. But, I like to do that.

Submitted by Sana Omar on Tue, 17/11/2020 - 09:25

Unfortunately, I don't give instruction in English. but I do that always in my language.