Lesson Plan for Asking for Help

Everyone needs help from time to time and 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 small problems that reuire  minor assistance. For any thing 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 expressions that can be used for asking for minor assistance.

English Expressions Used when Asking for Help


Expression                                                 Response
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?                       Certainly.
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. Look at the expressions can be used when asking for advice.

Expression : What do you think I should do?
Response: Why don’t you (…. take a taxi).
Response: That’s a good idea.

Expression : What would you do in my shoes?
Response: Have you thought about (…. getting some medicine at the pharmacy)?
Response: Maybe you’re right.

Expression : Do you have any ideas about what to do?
Response: I think you should ( …. see a doctor).
Response: Thanks for the advice.

Expression : What would you suggest?
Response: Have you considered ( …. the local markets? They have great deals).
Response: That might work. I hadn’t thought of that.

Expression : Can you think of anything that might help?
Response: One option may be to (…. call your embassy).
Response: Thanks, I’ll try that.


Other links for Help
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XX Asking for Help
XX Helpful Expressions


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