Conversational English

Conversational English

How to Express Your Opinion in English

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When we give our opinion, we say what we think about something. We can express our opinion in many different ways, but we should take care of the way we’re expressing it. The thing is that we should try not to be too direct as it may be contradictory to someone else’s opinion.

Here are some useful phrases which might help you express your opinion in different situations:

In my opinion, I think he’s too young to drive.

I think / don’t think it’s a very good idea.

I am absolutely convinced that your cat would be safe with us for the weekend.

Personally, I think the red dress suits you better than the blue one.

I’m sure that you’ll be satisfied with your new nanny.

If you ask me, I think we should rather eat at a restaurant than cook in the hot kitchen.

Frankly, I think it’s a great idea!

As far as I’m concerned, the best way to learn English is going to an English speaking country.

In my experience, there’s no use rushing the costumers to their decision.

Speaking for myself, I am ready to sign the contract.

I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but your old car was better than the new one.


Conversational English

How to Make Polite Requests in English

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We make requests when we ask someone to do something for us. Therefore, we should be polite and avoid being too direct. For example, we won’t say: “Lend me your car for the weekend” because the person we’re asking for a favor will most probably not lend us the car because we sound rude. Not even ‘please’ will help much “Please, lend me your car for the weekend”, as we would still sound too direct. So, how should we ask for a favor? Like this: “Would you mind lending me your car for the weekend?”  or: “I was wondering if you could possibly lend me your car for the weekend?” These phrases are polite and not too direct.

Requests are normally in a question form and usually start with ‘Could you…?’ ‘Can you’ or ‘Would you…?

Could you do me a small favor, please?

Would you pick me up on your way to work? My car’s broken.

Can you help me with my cooking?

There are many various ways of making polite requests in English, but here are some phrases which can help you in different situations:

Would you do me a favor and look after my cat while I’m away? –Yes, of course/ Sorry, I can’t.

Would you mind closing the window, I’m freezing?

Could you do me a favor and lend me some money?

Could you possibly help me carrying these boxes?

Sorry to bother you, but can you please help me with this?

May/Can I borrow your pen for a second?

I wonder if you could/would join us at the picnic on Saturday?

If you are not too busy, can I ask for a favor?

I don’t suppose you could/would lend me your car for the weekend?

I’d really appreciate it if you could/would give me a lift.

Will you be passing by the supermarket? I wonder if you could get me a few things.