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Making Polite Requests

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Making Polite Requests is at the developing stage of learning English focusing on the basic vocabulary and structures for social interaction and academic experiences. There are puzzles and quizzes to reinforce your learning so you feel confident when you make polite requests.

About 45-60 minutes.Strengthening new vocabulary for making polite requests.Developing stages of learning English.

English can seem overly polite to students if you come from a language background where requests are more direct. Give me a coffee is a perfectly acceptable request in some cultures. English people may think that you are rude if you don’t follow the rules of politeness. English speakers in the US tend to use Can I/you …, please? rather than the more British, Could I/you …, please? or the more formal, Could I/you possibly …?

would like

  • Would you like a coffee?
  • I’d like a cup of tea, pleae.

Would you mind + -ing

  • Would you mind opening the window? No, not at all.
  • Would you mind lending me your mobile? I’m sorry. I’m low on credit.

Extra Making Polite Requests Exercises

Exercise 1Exercise 2Extensions
1. Write down some things to request from other people.
2. Write a script using polite requests e.g. at a restaurant, at a coffee shop.
3. Act out a scene with diifferent degrees of politeness.

Especially helpful are exercises that are focussed on a theme or topic as these provide word retention practice so you can be confident to read, write, speak and listen successfully.

We add reading and writing exercises on a regular basis. Why not bookmark our site, so you can come back to practice anywhere or at any time of the day?
In addition, we add listening and speaking exercises in order to practise for this part of the A2 Key test.

Part 1 - Listen to conversations and choose the correct answer.

Part 2 - Listen to a monologue and complete gaps in a page of notes.

Part 3 - Listen to a conversation and choose the correct answer.

Part 4 - Listen to  conversations and choose the correct answer.

Part 5 - Listen to a conversation and choose the correct answer.

The more words you encounter and understand, the broader your day-to-day vocabulary will become. Our word games and puzzles are an excellent way to help to reinforce spellings in your mind.
Cambridge English Examinations:

Cambridge English exams are designed for learners at all levels from the Elementary level Cambridge English: Key (KET) to the very advanced level Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE). These exams give candidates proof of their ability to use English in a wide variety of contexts, relevant to work, study and leisure activities.

A2 Key | B1 Preliminary | B2 First

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