Asking for help is an important skill that we need to develop in order to communicate effectively with our classmates and colleagues.
Note: In English “a hand” sometimes means “help“
to lend someone a hand = to help someone
Example: I was very busy with the clients, so John lent me a hand with the final report.
As you can see, in English there are different ways of asking for help. Here there is a list of useful English phrases that you can use instead of saying:
Help me, please.
- Could you help me, please?
/kudju help mee pleez/
2. Could you lend me a hand?
/kudju lenmee uh hand/
3. Would you mind lending me a hand?
/wudju mind lenduhng mee uh hand/
4. Can I ask a favor?
/kuhnai askuh fAyvr/
5. Can you do me a favor?
/kuhnju doo mee uh fAyvr
6. I have a favor to ask.
/ai havuh fAyvr tuhask/
7. I need a big favor.
/ai needuh big fAyvr/
8. Do you have a minute?
/duju havuh minut/
9. Could you help me _________ ? (verb in the base form)
/kuhdju help mee ______ /
10. Could you ________ for me? (verb in the base form)
/kuhdju _______ for mee/
Read each of the phrases and record yourself. Listen to your voice.
- For you, what sounds are difficult to pronounce?
- How many times can you say each of the sentences without making a mistake?
Share your answers in the comments below.