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.

Instructions

Do the preparation exercise first. Then watch the video and do the exercises to check your understanding and practise the language.

Transcript

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 Anara SN on Tue, 24/11/2020 - 07:16

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Usually every day I am asking a favour to be quiete while I study from my kids. In daily live I don't need a favour from another people, and I think it is good for me.

Submitted by Rodrigo Abrantes on Thu, 19/11/2020 - 23:07

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I do favors all the time. Today I did favors for my children, my wife and my mother.

Submitted by Pola on Thu, 19/11/2020 - 14:43

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I offered a favour to my friend last month, when he was asking me for a favour but in fact I managed to for him although I was very busy.

Submitted by farhad zada on Wed, 18/11/2020 - 07:24

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I did yesterday for my friend. He wanted me to go with him and do something for it. I was so bussy but he is my friend and i could not reject him.

Submitted by AprilApple on Tue, 10/11/2020 - 09:58

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Just a few days ago I ask for a favour. Sometimes is really hard. You need a thicker face.

Submitted by Razy on Mon, 09/11/2020 - 10:07

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last week was the last time that I did a favour for my husband. He asked me to call his doctor and make him an appointment because he was working at that time. I called them but they didn't answer, so I wanted to call them later on the same day. However, I forgot it and became ashamed of myself.
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Sat, 07/11/2020 - 12:55

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Thank you for the useful lesson! ;)

Submitted by Khin Thandar Htun on Sat, 07/11/2020 - 03:03

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Thanks a lot for the interesting lesson!