Asking a favour

In this video, Noelia asks Paul for some help. Listen to the language Noelia uses to ask a favour 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 want to ask a favour? Listen out for useful language for asking a favour. Then, we'll practise saying the new phrases – after this.


Noelia: Paul, have you got a minute? I need a favour.

Paul: I'm a bit busy, but sure, what can I help you with?

Noelia: So, you know the branding job for Active Arctic?

Paul: Of course. It was so good to finally finish that project. It went on and on and on … 

Noelia: Yeah, so … look, I'm really sorry about this, but they want some more changes made.

Paul: Seriously? I've already rewritten that copy, I don't know, like, 20 times?

Noelia: I know. I'm so sorry. Would you be able to work on it this afternoon?

Paul: Well, I'm not really sure if I can, Noelia. I'm finishing the Moosh Monkey social media campaign and they're expecting it by the end of the day.

Noelia: I'd forgotten about that. Is there any chance you could work late tonight?

Paul: Sorry, Noelia. I would if I could, but I can't.

Noelia: Please?

Paul: I'm taking my niece to the cinema for her birthday. It's been planned for ages.

Noelia: OK. Well, then could you come in early tomorrow? I'll make it up to you!

Paul: OK. How?

Noelia: Name your price.

Paul: An extra day's holiday?

Noelia: Can you get in for 5 a.m.?

Paul: 7 a.m.

Noelia: 6 a.m.

Paul: Deal.

Noelia: Deal.


Ana: Hello again! Looks like that's an early start for Paul tomorrow, then! So, did you notice the useful phrases used for asking a favour? Listen to me and then repeat. 


Have you got a minute?

I need a favour.

What can I help you with?

I'm really sorry about this, but they want some changes. 

Would you be able to work this afternoon?

I'm not really sure if I can.

Is there any chance you could work late?

I would if I could, but I can't.


Ana: Try and use some of these phrases the next time you want to ask a favour in English. Bye for now!


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Submitted by EMF_12 on Wed, 01/06/2022 - 23:59


The last time I gave favour to someone was a month ago when my aunt wanted some photographs that I had on my computer. She also said it was a special gift for my grandmother's birthday. So, I searched for the photos she asked for, and after a couple of hours, I found them. After that, we made a video with that pictures and showed it at the family meeting. It was a special moment.

Submitted by Van wong on Tue, 24/05/2022 - 05:26


I got a favor from a foreigner at Ocean Park some years ago. They were helpful and kind.

Submitted by Rocio Ambriz on Fri, 25/03/2022 - 20:43


Well actually my grandpa lives in my house and I always help him to sit or stand up

Submitted by rora on Sun, 23/01/2022 - 20:00


Very interesting, Thank you

Submitted by Miguelitorico1996 on Mon, 17/01/2022 - 00:34


The last favour I did was to my best friend, he needed a soccer shoes for playing a game, so I lent him a pair of shoes, I decided to do that because he's a really careful person.

Submitted by Gizmoist on Mon, 10/01/2022 - 12:46


I remember one time that I did my colleague a favour. He wanted to switch his job and he must have attend the job review.
However, he didn't want to inform the boss about it. So he asked me a favour if I could arrange a fake meeting with him. I had arranged a fake meeting at the time when the job review took place. I gave him some space and privacy at the office :) In the end of job review, he got the job and thanked me a lot.

Submitted by Myat Moe on Tue, 04/01/2022 - 09:17


It's my brother again. Just this morning, he asked me if I could pour a glass of water for him. And I make him pay me 5 bucks for this.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Wed, 01/12/2021 - 13:52


I'm not remember when I give a favour to anyone.