Making a request is common in any language. It is important to make appropriate requests in specific situations in order not to sound impolite or awkward.

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VOCABULARY

mượn : borrow
cho someone mượn something: lend someone something
e.g Tôi cho bạn mượn quyển sách.
tờ giấy : a piece of paper
quyển sách : a book
cây viết : a pen
nước : water
miếng nước : some water
cục gôm : an eraser

3 WAYS TO MAKE A POLITE REQUEST

  1.  Make use of “làm ơn + V ” in formal situations when you talk to someone you do not know well.
    Instead of saying “cho tao mượn tờ giấy”, we can say it in a more polite way.

e.g

             Làm ơn cho tôi mượn tờ giấy! (please lend me a piece of paper)

             Làm ơn đóng cửa! (= please close the door)

             Làm ơn gọi tôi dậy lúc 2 giờ. (please wake me up at 2 o’clock)

2. Use the question  “có thể …không?”  ( =  Could you ?”)   when you want to request something politely in formal situations.

e.g

                  Bạn có thể cho tôi mượn tờ giấy không?  (= Could you lend me a piece of paper?

                   Anh có thể hoàn thành bản báo cáo trước thứ Bảy không?
(= Could you finish this report by Saturday?)

3. Add “đi” / “nha” / “nhé” at the end of the statement to sound friendlier in informal situations.

e.g

                Cho tao mượn tờ giấy đi.

                Cho tao mượn cây viết nha.

                Cho tao mượn cục gôm nhé.

REPLY TO A REQUEST

  • Accept a request: 

DẠ (to someone older than you)
” (to someone the same age or younger than you)

  • Refuse a request:

  “Xin lỗi! Tôi không giúp được! = Sorry! I can’t help!
Xin lỗi ! Tôi đang bận!” = “Sorry! I’m busy!”

Note:

  • In the clip, one boy calls himself as “tao” and address his friend as “mày”. So “tao” means “I” and “mày” means “you”. This type of addressing yourself and the other is applied in very informal situations when you two are friends at the same age.
  • ê” is pretty like “hey” in English. When you want to get someone attention you will say “ê
  • Remember to say “Cảm ơn” which means “Thank you” when someone agrees to help.

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