An email request for help

An email request for help

Read an email asking for help from another department to practise and improve your reading skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and do the exercises.


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Submitted by Maiko Tanzawa on Fri, 07/08/2020 - 22:32

I think the most important thing is to carefully understand the manners and courtesy and write a message that conveys your concern for the other person. Since I have been unable to do this and made the other person feel uncomfortable, I think it is important to check carefully before sending. And write the subject. By writing a brief description of what this is about, you'll save other person time. Then make sure you know who you are and then ask for help and why you need it. If you pay attention to the text and convey your gratitude, I'm sure the other person will help you. On the contrary, if you don't have a humble attitude towards the other person, you will not be able to help.

Submitted by Saria Muraoka on Fri, 07/08/2020 - 18:02

When I send an email asking for help, I include simple words in the title. Those title must be easy for anyone to understand. And I have to write in few number of words as I can possible. If I don't have no time, I put the word "urgent" in the title. I think the email will stand out and recipient will able to find it quickly. Not only title, but text is also important. It is difficult to understand if the text is long. Important email should only write what I need. When I send an email asking for help, I write in a concise with everything.

Submitted by Naru Yasuda on Thu, 06/08/2020 - 04:08

If I send Email to asking for help, I had better to write three things in the Email. First one is a clearly title. I think it is very important things. If you have a time to helped another person, you have to explain easy to understand. Title can help to it. Second one is the body. It is most important part in the Email. You must write request’s information, date and so on. People who helping us may not be have a time. So you write In detail and clearly. And last, you most not forget “Thank you”.

Submitted by fukuzawa on Thu, 06/08/2020 - 03:57

I think I should put my heart into it. Because this is to prevent the other person from being asked to make you feel uncomfortable. I think that you should put your feelings in order for the other person to accept you.

Submitted by R on Mon, 03/08/2020 - 16:16

I think there are two things we must include when we ask for help by email. One is to enter the time, and I think that you should also enter how long it is likely to take, although it is normal for the date and time. By telling the time, it can be said that unnecessary email exchanges are avoided. The other thing is that we should tell the person who will help us to do something thank you. When the person helping you is not too enthusiastic, we can feel good when we give something or a meal as a thank you. For these reasons, I think we should include the two in an email.
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Submitted by Hennadii on Mon, 03/08/2020 - 14:03

I think you should include the next things: - The reason why do you need help in the first place. Close deadline, lack of human resources, major force, etc. Your addressee has to know that's urgent and important and won't be permanently. - Then, it's great to explain why do you guess your addressee could help. Try to emphasize his or her strong points, needed experience, etc. - It's clear that you must inform about the time-line when the one will be involved in your business. So he or she can arrange his own affairs.

Submitted by Nobu1230 on Mon, 03/08/2020 - 12:03

I will include some important contents when I should ask for help in email.First write down conclusion which I need to help and the reason.Second,write down the deadline of reply.If we don't know well each other,I have to do self introduction and show appreciation for it politely.

Submitted by Yonemura Tomoya on Mon, 03/08/2020 - 09:35

When I send an email for help, I include clear subject. It makes sentence easy to read, so the person who recieve an email can understand easier. Subject plays an important role in email. Also, I include polite language. It is for help that the reason I send an email, so I must use polite language. If I don't use it, our relationship get worse. Next time, I will not be helped anyone. There are many other things I include in an email for help. But I'm especially careful subject and polite language.

Submitted by tomoka on Mon, 03/08/2020 - 09:12

I think that I should include the things I want to tell someone exactly. There are two reasons. Firstly, if I were a person who receive an email, I would like to know details. Therefore, when I send an email, I will include what I want them to do. Secondly, it is a rude not to include what I want them to help exactly. I think whenever someone help me, I must act politely. So, it is important not abstract but properly. From two reasons, I should tell someone the things exactly when I send an email.

Submitted by Yuri Chida on Mon, 03/08/2020 - 02:46

First, I think that I should include brief subject when I send an email asking for help. It is important to show content clearly. By doing so, it will not take much time to understand the content of email, and recipient can read email comfortably. Also, I think that recipient can easy to reply. Second, not forcing to help is important. I’m in a position to ask for help, not in a position to force to help. Therefore, I think that it is important to ask recipient about the date and place for the meeting. I should adjust to recipient’s schedule.