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 Giuliana on Fri, 21/05/2021 - 01:46

I'm sorry but i never give instructions in english and i never did, but i hope one day i will do Honestly i really would like give instructions in english but at moment i dont have fluent enough and i think i will learn more but right now is not a good moment.

Submitted by MikhailZatopliaev on Sun, 21/03/2021 - 03:31

Hi BC, I have a problem with videos in speaking part. Here is Connection Error. Could you help me? Have somebody the same problem?

Hi MikhailZatopliaev,

I've just checked the video and it's working fine for me, so it may have been a temporary problem. Did you find the problem with only this video, or other videos too? Perhaps you can try using a different web browser or device to check if the video plays there. Please let us know again if the problem continues.


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Submitted by lean on Sun, 07/03/2021 - 09:14

Hello I have one question Why was it wrong, when I put Ok or ok in the gap in item 3 in Task 3 ? That is correct when I only write OK ?
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Submitted by Kirk Moore on Sun, 07/03/2021 - 13:46

In reply to by lean


Hello lean,

On this page, we have followed the spelling that the Cambridge Dictionary has for 'OK'. It's also possible to write 'ok', but 'Ok' would be strange since it's not at the beginning of the sentence.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by PARIMALA MADIAZHAKAN on Thu, 04/03/2021 - 13:34

This week I gave instruction to my group mates about upcoming Workshop. I gave them instruction via google meet.

Submitted by Brenda Patrici… on Thu, 25/02/2021 - 14:36

Two weeks ago, I gave some instructions to my father, I showed him how to use the printer.

Submitted by PALLAVRPATIL202 on Fri, 12/02/2021 - 11:57

One more good communication video. Step by step, with very general vocabulary shown how to have effective communication. I can surely able to use this while conversing with my daughter while teaching and guiding for craft. Thank you.