• How to be polite
  • Ulrike_Jentz
  • 13.03.2016
  • Allgemeine Hochschulreife
  • Englisch
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    Useful phrases

    Asking for permission:

    Do you mind if...

    Would it be a problem, if...

    I was wondering if...

    Turning down an invitaion:

    I would love to, but...

    That sounds great, but...

    I am afraid I can't...

    Not understanding:

    Sorry?

    Pardon me?

    Excuse me?

    Making a request:

    May I...

    Could I...

    Would you please...

    Disagreeing

    You have got a point, but...

    I see, but...

    That is true, but...

    1
    What could you say in these situations?

    a) It is hot in the room and you want somebody to open the window.

    b) You do not like the food in a restaurant.

    c) Your drink is empty and you would like a refill.

    d) You are invited to a birthday party but you do not have time.

    e) You did not understand somebody's question.

    2
    Work with a partner.
    Think of a situation in which you would have to be polite. Write a dialogue and try to include as many of the phrases as you can.
    3
    Which answer is more polite?
    Sombody asks you for directions
    • I don't know
    • Sorry, but I have no idea.
    • Get a map.
    You need a pen.
    • Can I have that?
    • Give me the pen.
    • Could I borrow your pen?
    Somebody is talking on their phone very loudly.
    • Could you please talk a little more quietly?
    • You are getting on my nerves.
    • There are other people in this room.
    You are looking for something in a shop.
    • Where is...
    • I was wondering if you have any...
    • I need...