How to be polite in English
Carla M.
em 19 de Julho de 2019

1. ASKING A FAVOR

  • Can you give me a hand with this?
  • Could you help me for a second?
  • Can I ask a favour?
  • I wonder if you could help me with this?
  • I could do with some help, please.
  • I can’t manage. Can you help?
  • Give me a hand with this, will you?
  • Lend me a hand with this, will you?
  • Could you spare a moment?
  • I need some help, please.
2. ASKING FOR APPROVAL
  • Do you think it’s all right to do it?
  • What do you think about (me doing that)?
  • Do you think / reckon I ought to (do it)?
  • What would you say if I (did it)?
  • Would you approve of (doing something)?
  • What is your attitude to the idea of…
  • Are you in favour of (me doing something)?
  • You are in favour of … aren’t you?
  • Do you think anyone would mind if I…
  • Do you think it would be really awful if I..
3. ASKING FOR DIRECTIONS

Asking for Directions:

  • Excuse me! Can you tell me the way to the…?
  • Excuse me! How do I get to the…?
  • Excuse me! Where the…is?
  • Excuse me! Is there a…near here?
  • What’s the best way to…?
  • Are you from around here?
  • I’m looking for this address..
  • Are we on the right road for…?
  • Is this the right way for…?
  • Can you show me on the map?

Giving Directions

  • Go straight ahead.
  • Go along the street.
  • Turn left.
  • Turn right.
  • Take the first/ second turning on the left/right
  • Cross the street.
  • Go past.
  • Go through the park/…
  • Go across the bridge.
  • Go as far as the roundabout….
  • The easiest/ quickest way is to..
  • Take+ road name
  • Stay on + road name for + distance or time.
  • It’s on + street name.
  • It’s across from.
  • It’s opposite.
  • It’s near.
  • It’s around the corner from.
  • It’s this way.

Where is the…?

  • Is it far (from here)?
  • Is it a long way?
  • How far is it to the airport?
  • It’s not far (from here).
  • It’s quite close.
  • It’s quite a long way.
  • It takes a while.
  • It’s a long way on foot.
  • It’s a long way to walk.
  • It’s about a five minute walk.

How far is it?

  • The school is…
  • On your right/left.
  • Round the corner.
  • On the corner of…and…
  • Next to the…
  • Opposite the…
  • Between the…and the…
  • In front of the…

IF YOU CAN’T HELP:

  • I’m sorry, I don’t know
  • Sorry, I’m not from around here.
  • I’m afraid I can’t help you.
  • You could ask the bus driver.
4. ASKING PEOPLE TO WAIT
  • Hang on a moment / a mo.
  • Give us a second.
  • Half a moment / a mo.
  • I’ll be right with you.
  • Sorry, I’m a bit tied up right now.
  • Wait and see.
  • You’ll just have to be patient.
  • Give me a chance.
  • Don’t be so impatient.
  • We wish to apologise for the delay to…
Porto Alegre / RS
Graduação: Letras (IPA Metodista)
Gramática em Inglês Conversação em Inglês
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