Why is being polite important? Well, if you are too direct you can sound rude and possibly a bit aggressive. It's not that difficult to be polite in English, once you know some essential phrases. Get the best from people by being polite!
Asking for something:
Can I have....., please?
Could I have........, please?
Asking for permission:
Do you mind if.....?
I was wondering if I could....?
Not understanding: I often hear students use the phrases " Can you repeat please?" This is not really used by native speakers very much. It is more common to use:
Sorry? ( rising intonation)
Sorry, I didn't quite catch that.
Sorry. Could you say that again please? ( very formal)
What's that ( very informal)
Saying no: When we say no to someone in English we tend to soften the phrases and rarely use the word " no" alone.
To a request for help:
I would love to help, but...........
I wish I could help, but....
To an offer you do not want to accept:
Thanks for the offer, but......
I appreciate the offer, but......
To an invitation:
I'm afraid I can't.
That sounds great, but...
I'd love to, but.........
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