Sep 052013

In this week’s 6 Minute English – Business English: Asking permission & polite requests:
Most people learn how to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ at a very young age – but what about politeness in the English-speaking workplace? What do you say if you want someone to open the window, turn down the air conditioning or tidy up the office?

Join Feifei and Neil as they argue about air-conditioning and explore the language of asking permission and making polite requests in English.


Asking people to do things:
Would you mind turning off the air conditioning?
Would you mind opening a window?
Would you mind not smoking in the kitchen please?
Would you mind not using my computer?
Would you mind not leaving the door open?

Asking permission to do things:
Is it ok if I turn the air conditioning on?
Is it ok if I use your phone?
Is it ok if we have a meeting in here?

Saying yes: Sure, no problem, go ahead.

Saying no: I’d rather you didn’t, if you don’t mind.

6 Minute English – Business English: Asking permission & polite requests Transcript Video


More BBC 6 Minute Business English

More BBC 6 Minute English

More from the BBC

Top Series

download the audio

Click here for more 6 Minute English episodes
Click here for more from the BBC

Listen to ESL Podcasts and AudioBooks with Transcript
Listen to ESL Podcasts with Notes
Learn English from Teachers
Practise Your English Online

Choose Meaningful Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate or Advanced Series

Source: BBC Learning English

More Series for You:

 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>