ask for a favour in English

How to ask somebody for a favour in English

Today’s lesson focuses on how to ask somebody for a favour in English and it will give you some language for describing common favours.

1) Look at the conversation below 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?

ask for a favour in english

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?

3) Look at the list of favours below

  • 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.

english vocabulary favours

4) Find a friend, flatmate or family member to practise  your English with

One person is asking for a favour and one person is agreeing to the favour . Practise the conversation in Exercise 1. Keep going until you can do it without looking at the conversation! 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!


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How was this lesson for you? Feel free to leave me questions or comments below. Remember: Next time you need a favour, try to use this language! Oh and if you want to refuse a favour, try 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!

2 thoughts on “How to ask somebody for a favour in English

  1. Thank you for the useful vocabulary! I’m going to try to use this in my life… I like ‘you twisted my arm’

    1. Yes, that’s a great phrase! Thanks for your feedback Marie. That’s great to hear 🙂

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