Lesson 27: Asking for Advice

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Dialogue

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: asking for advice. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Kevin and Dorothy are talking about asking for advice.

Kevin: Dorothy, I need to ask you for some advice.
Dorothy: Sure, what can I advise you on?
Kevin: I am trying to decide whether to move to another city. If you were me, what would you do?
Dorothy: I would listen to your family since they have to move with you. What does your family suggest?
Kevin: I haven’t asked them yet. What do you advise me to do?
Dorothy: You should have a family meeting. Your family will give you guidance.
Kevin: Do you know what else I need to do to move?
Dorothy: I’m not sure what is the best way. Perhaps you need expert advice.
Kevin: Yes, you’re right. I should find someone who has moved before, and ask him “What should I do?”
Dorothy: Sometimes people may give you advice without you asking. For example, “here’s a free bit of advice”.

Vocabulary

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

advice (n) an opinion or suggestion about what someone should do
My advice to you is to travel the world.
If you were me, what would you do? (complete sentence) asking for advice thinking that person was you
I don’t have enough money to pay my rent. If you were me, what would you do?
advise (v) to give information to someone; a suggestion or opinion
I advise you to get more sleep.
What do you suggest? (complete sentence) a way to ask for advice
I’m having problems losing weight. What do you suggest I do?
What do you advise me to do? (complete sentence) a way to ask for advice
I can’t start my car. What do you advise me to do?
do you know (phrase) a way to ask for advice or help
Do you know where I can buy cheap gas?
guidance (n) help or advice that tells you what to do
She asked for my guidance about living abroad.
expert (adj) having a special skill or knowledge about a subject
He gave me his expert opinion about buying a car.
What should I do? (complete sentence) a way to ask for advice
My car was stolen! What should I do?
a free bit of advice (phrase) to give advice to someone when they didn’t ask for it
Here’s a free bit of advice. You better be prepared for the test tomorrow.

Exercise

Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer. Use the phrases and sentences you learned above.

  1. How would you ask for advice if you wanted to quit smoking?
    1. I really need to stop smoking. What do you suggest I do?
    2. My doctor advised me to quit smoking. If you were me, what would you do?
    3. Your answer:
  2. I’m always late for work. What should I do?
    1. I suggest you get up earlier.
    2. I think you should use two alarm clocks.
    3. Your answer:
  3. How would you ask for advice if you wanted help with the IELTS exam?
    1. I need to study for the IELTS exam. What should I do?
    2. I’m not ready to take the IELTS exam. What do you advise me to do?
    3. Your answer:
  4. How would you give a free bit of advice about learning English?
    1. Here’s a free bit of advice. Watch movies in English
    2. Here’s a free bit of advice. Read newspapers in English.
    3. Your answer:
  5. How would you ask for advice about studying English abroad?
    1. I can’t decide which country I want to study in. What should I do?
    2. I can’t find an apartment to live in. I need your expert advice.
    3. Your answer:

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Have you ever given a free bit of advice? If yes, tell me about it. If no, would you?
  2. Why do people ask for advice?
  3. Can advice be both good and bad? Why or why not?
  4. Has anyone ever asked you for advice? If yes, tell me about it. If no, would you give advice if someone asked you? Why or why not?
  5. I found an expensive watch in a coffee shop. What should I do?

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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