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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Language level

B1 English level (intermediate)

Submitted by ryhn on Fri, 02/09/2022 - 12:45


it was yestarday someone came to where I work and his internet hasn't had I shared my internet with him because he would pay as mobile.

Submitted by vanviet1603 on Fri, 19/08/2022 - 07:41


I remember that the last time I did a favor to my soldier who asked to borrow my smartphone to contact his wife.

Submitted by Nandar Su Hlaing on Wed, 10/08/2022 - 11:15


I did a favor one of my friend last year. You know we face covid second wave the whole country, my friend who lives alone was suffered covid. So I cooked the meals for her and buying medicine what she needs and delivered to her on time. I supported her for nearly a couple of week. After that she recovered, I really pleased helping my friend.

Submitted by CrystalAeint on Wed, 13/07/2022 - 03:53


The last time i did a favour for someone is years ago before my best friend move to another country. She ask me a favour, is was to adopt her puppy and you know i love puppy so i agreed to it. Now is been 3 year i haven't been seen my best friend and i really miss her, But i still caring the puppy she give to me is was now become a big dog so i still doing her a favour.

Submitted by criss_bauza on Wed, 06/07/2022 - 14:19


When was the last time you did someone a favour?
I don't remember when I did a big favour someone.

Submitted by alexiamontes2004 on Fri, 01/07/2022 - 01:41


When was the last time you did someone a favor?

It was a few days ago when I did my aunt the favor of taking care of her children because she had a commitment.

Submitted by khalid muhammed on Thu, 30/06/2022 - 09:06


The last time I give a favour is this morning, I came to the company to do my office job, but some of the workers asked if I can help him move some things, we landed a cupboard downstairs, also moved many computers to another room, but for me helping people gives me pleasure.

Submitted by has__sah18 on Wed, 29/06/2022 - 15:22


Actualy i'm not used to ask somone's help, but i am always open to help.

Submitted by vl_ds on Mon, 20/06/2022 - 10:33


Yes , I’m really helpful. I’m glad to help someone who really needs it right now.
Last time it was the friend of mine, he asked me how to use Photoshop program. So I explained him the basics

Submitted by Crane_Eliza on Tue, 14/06/2022 - 09:04


Early this morning one of the workers came and asked me if I could give him some money in advance.

Submitted by alevegaa on Fri, 10/06/2022 - 05:48


The last time that I did a favour was last sunday for my mom

Submitted by Bersserk on Fri, 03/06/2022 - 18:06


I asked a favor my boss yesterday, to let me go home early.

Submitted by Estefanilore on Fri, 03/06/2022 - 03:49


The last time that I did a favour was in the morning for my husband,

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.

Submitted by ANOUAR on Tue, 23/11/2021 - 10:37


I always do favours to people,I've just verify some numbers with my colleague in work when she said to me have you got a minute, I need a favour ?
I said : I'm not sure if I could
she said : Is there any chance you could work late ?
I said : I would If I could but I cant !

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Fri, 22/10/2021 - 13:33


I am not really remember but i often ask a favour from others

Submitted by Starting on Sat, 02/10/2021 - 08:44


I like giving someone a favor

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Submitted by Kadir on Fri, 10/09/2021 - 20:20

My colleague Andy asks me if I can make a favour for her about to finish her work. And every time I help her so as not upset her.

Submitted by KarenAvdalyan on Mon, 30/08/2021 - 11:44

My Manager asked me to do the task with a high priority until the next day.
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Sun, 27/06/2021 - 15:24

Useful, thank you! :)

Submitted by maximumjeff on Sat, 26/06/2021 - 08:30

I just did a favour to my wife awhile ago to help dry up her long hair with the new hairdryer

Submitted by GiulianaAndy on Sun, 20/06/2021 - 02:16

I last did a favour today, when my mother and my little sister got back home. I helped to held their purchases from the door to the kitchen. After done that I decided to whip up. I put some meal into the cooker and then I chopped up some vegetables to eat with the meal, and finally I heated some frozen milk in the kettle.

Submitted by Pann Nilar Htun on Wed, 16/06/2021 - 09:48

It was a great pleasure when I got opportunity to help someone.

Submitted by Sika2803 on Thu, 03/06/2021 - 10:03

It's happen almost every day, I help my family, my friend whatever I can

Submitted by MOHAMMED YOUSE… on Wed, 02/06/2021 - 23:54

It's great lessons.
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Mon, 19/04/2021 - 14:02

Thank you for the lesson. I learned there're a lot of different expressions. ;) Have you got a minute? I need a favour. Would you be able to work on it this afternoon? Is there any chance you could work late tonight? Could you come in early tomorrow? Can you get in for 5 a.m.?
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Tue, 30/03/2021 - 13:19

Well..... Maybe every day. ;)

Submitted by MikhailZatopliaev on Mon, 29/03/2021 - 23:48

I don't remember when I did, though I remember when someone did. It was yesterday, I was at cafe, and terminal for pay is broken, and I had't cash. I call to my friend, and ask a favour. I said "Hi Vova, can you help me, I have problem, plz send money to that number, I will send you back in 1 minutes."
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Submitted by sajjad ghassemi on Mon, 15/03/2021 - 11:18

I did a favour to my friend and it was about leaning English because he was a beginner student at English

Submitted by Nalim24 on Thu, 11/03/2021 - 10:15

I often do a favour, for example when I help my father with his work, or when I cut the grass of my grandma

Submitted by PARIMALA MADIAZHAKAN on Tue, 09/03/2021 - 03:26

Yes, last time I had a favor with my friends. I ask my friends to take participate the competition held by me. They also took participate the competition held by me.

Submitted by Ari on Mon, 08/03/2021 - 16:16

In fact, I do favors very often, I don't even notice it. For example, helping classmates with homework. Perhaps a lot of people think this is something bad or wrong on my part, and maybe they are right. But I like helping people. Actually, I don’t give them my notebook and I don’t say: "Take and copy it!" I try to explain it to them in an accessible way, although many people condemn it for it.

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Wed, 03/03/2021 - 00:14

The last time I did a favour for my friend, was in January 2021. As we both wanted to purchase a new model television, we could save on delivery charges if we ordered them together. I did him a favour by ordering them from Amazon account to save us both money.
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Submitted by George Galliera on Tue, 02/03/2021 - 14:03

I'd forgotten about that. lol

Submitted by Saad786 on Sun, 28/02/2021 - 13:15

I gave a favour to my friend last time. He was making the model of Taj Mahal and I made it earlier 2 months . He was feelings difficulty in setting up the pillars of Taj Mahal so, I helped him.

Submitted by Antoni Luna on Thu, 25/02/2021 - 18:37

Actually, I usually help my teammates with their assignments, there's always something they don't understand.

Submitted by jose luis torr… on Tue, 23/02/2021 - 03:17

The last time that I made a favour was yesterday. I explained a process to my workmate and sent an email asking someone else for approval.

Submitted by German on Sat, 23/01/2021 - 01:06

The last time that I did a favour was today in the morning when I printed a papers whose were important for my father

Submitted by facunica44 on Thu, 21/01/2021 - 23:06

The last time that i did a favour when the last year, my friend had forgotten his trousers on my home and he asked me if i could take them to his home the next morning