Sunday, May 3, 2009

Asking Politely

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When dealing with customers (tourists, guests, etc), it is very important to be polite to them so that they feel that they are being treated in a special way. Indirect Questions in English allow us to be able to ask certain questions while sounding more polite than if we asked using a simple direct question. Have a look at the following presentation in which you will find different expressions to begin using indirect questions.

4 comments:

Shanghai Laowai said...

On the 7th slide, should it read Can I ask you.... not can I asked you?

Maria Luisa Ochoa said...

Yes, indeed. It was a typing mistake. I will correct it straight away. Thanks for your help.

marion said...

Hola Maria Luisa, gracias por ayudarme a preparar mi examen de ingles de viernes proximo. Lastima que descubri tu sitio ayer... Espero que vas a entender mi extrano espanol. Marion, Guadeloupe

Barrie Cradshaw said...

Oh, good practice. I know you ar the one who did it :P

I think in Spanish more than indirect questions what we use to be polite is gestures and the second person formalised "usted". Am I right?

Cya!

PD: This is Francisco Manuel Rivera Callado