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Giving advice

In this video, Paul and Bob try to help Noelia with a problem. Listen to the language they use for giving advice 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.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I ask for an advice to my closer friends and my closer relatives such my parents and I generally do it because I need some help with a problem or issue that I'm not able to solve on my own

I would ask for advise if I really didnt know how to behave in a situation or didnt know what answer to give to a certain person. I would hear what people i trust would have to say and try to choose the best option.

Hello everybody :-)

I have a question about preparation exercise. In the step 2 there is a correct answer "If I were you, I talk to her". I'm interested is "I'd were you, if I talk to her " correct too ? Both sentences express almost the same thing, I'm interested about is the second sentence grammatically correct ?

Thanks for responding

Hello lean,

Please note that the correct answer is 'If I were you, I'd talk to her.' I'm afraid that the form that you ask about ('I'd were you, if I talk to her') is not correct.

I'd suggest you have a look at our Conditionals 1 page to see an explanation of the second conditional form.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Most of the time, I ask my husband for advice because he is a wise man and I trust his opinion.

Very useful !

Oh, well, usually I ask my best friend for advice because only he can talk some sense into me. And my mom is always ready to help me with cooking issues if I have them (I mean, I definitely have).

I generally ask for advice to my friends or to my parents. Sometimes it's depend on the kind of the problem or situation in which I´m.


Well, it depends on what kind of advice I need. I have lots of friends who are good at different themes. Some of them can help me with my job, some know much about the law or car repairment or so.
My best friend helped me a lot when I renovated my flat. I just can imagine how could I cope without his advices.
I think it's good quality - to understand your weakness and ask for help someone much experienced or skilled.
Of course, I'm also ready to give advice when it needed. I - which is much important - don't give any advice if I wasn't asked )) Yeap, that's my superpower!