Everyday English – How to ask somebody for a favour

Are you ever in a situation where you want to say something in English but you don’t have the right words and phrases? This series of conversations will help you to become more confident speaking in different real-life situations. Do the exercises and practise the conversation, then see if you feel more confident! Today’s conversation focuses on how to ask somebody for a favour and it will give you some language for describing common favours.


Exercise 1 – Look at the conversation in my photo and answer the questions

  • Are the people speaking good friends, colleagues or strangers? How do you know? (The style of language changes a lot depending on who is speaking)
  • What is the favour in this conversation?
  • Does the other person agree to the favour? Is he happy about it?

Exercise 2 – Look at the phrases highlighted in orange

  • What do you think these phrases mean? Can you guess the meaning from the situation?
  • Can you think of other situations where you could use these phrases?

Exercise 3 – Look at the list of favours in the vocabulary section

  • Have you ever asked somebody for one of these favours?
  • Has anyone asked you to do one of these favours for him/her?
  • Which vocabulary is useful for you? Write it down in your notebook.

Exercise 4 – Find a friend, flatmate or family member to practise the conversation with. One person is asking for a favour and one person is agreeing to the favour . Keep going until you can do it without the photo 🙂 Extra challenge – When it’s perfect, swap roles or change the favour. You can also try recording yourself on your mobile phone to hear your pronunciation!

cropped-speech-bubble.pngHow was it? Feel free to ask me questions. You can also write your answers to the exercises in the comment box or send me a message 🙂 Remember: Next time you need a favour, try to use this language!

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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

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