How to Ask for Something Politely in American English like a Native Speaker

It’s common for us to ask favors of our friends, family and colleagues. It can be scary sometimes because others might not be willing to do what we would like. This English tip will help you do it in a proper way!

Repeat the phrases out loud with confidence and feelings while watching the video. It will help you remember them when you’re in a conversation especially with a native English speaker.

Here are the phrases mentioned in this lesson:

  • Give me – This is very informal and often mistaken as rude. For example, “Give me a glass of water.”
  • Could I have – It is one of polite ways in asking favors. Example, “Could I have your complete address?”
  • I’d like – It is also a very courteous and it fits every situation. Here is an example, “ I’d like to have an orange juice.”
  • Would you do me a favor? – This is often used when you’re asking someone a special request.

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