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

 

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