Asking for help and advice is difficult for some, but everyone needs help from time to time. Knowing how to ask for help may save you a lot of time and trouble in many situations. Fortunately most people are willing to give it in a time of need.
Most of the time of course the help needed is for something minor. But sometimes the help may be a matter of life or death. The expressions below are generally used for asking for help about small problems that require minor assistance. For anything really, really major- the need for help is usually readily apparent and would not require someone to ask- such as in a fire or a serious car accident.
Look at these English expressions to ask for help.
|English Expressions Used when Asking for Help|
| To offer help|
|Would you like some help?||Yes, that would be great.|
|Can I give you a hand?||Thanks, much obliged|
|Do you need a hand?||No thanks, I’ve got it.|
| May I offer my assistance? ||That would be so kind, thank you.
| To ask for help|
Could you give me a hand?
|Would you mind helping me out?||Not at all.|
|Could you help me please?||My pleasure|
As with help, people need advice from time to time. Your family or friends may need advice about relationships, financial investments, or how to deal with an irritating co-worker. Some people may actually give you advice when is it unwanted. Just be sure that the advice given is good advice.
Look at these English expressions to ask for advice.
|English Expressions Used when Asking for Advice|
|What do you think I should do?||Why don’t you (…. take a taxi).|
| What would you do in my shoes?||Have you thought about (…. getting some medicine at the pharmacy)?|
| Do you have any ideas about what to |
|I think you should ( …. see a doctor).|
| What would you suggest?||Have you considered ( …. the local markets? They have great deals).|
| Can you think of anything that might |
|One option may be to (…. call your embassy).|
Find a partner and practice using English expressions to ask for help and advice in the following situations.
Moving to a new apartment
Fixing a flat tire
Putting a heavy box into a trunk of a car
How to quick smoking
How to deal with a young child that bites his sister
How to save for retirement
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