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Yes Please - Politeness Words and Terms

Quiz playing is a wonderful way to increase your knowledge of English as a Second Language. Remember that all of our ESL quizzes have titles that are both friendly and serious at the same time… In the case of this quiz you might like to tell your friends about “Yes Please” but no doubt your teachers will talk about the “Politeness Words and Terms quiz”! If you hear a specific term and you want to find a quiz about the subject then just look through the list of quiz titles until you find what you need.

You will surely say 'Yes please!' to this chance to practise your politeness words. If you want to get along well with English-speaker, it is good manners to say 'please' and 'thank you'. This quiz should test you on your politeness words that you will hear spoken very often.

  1. You are looking for the Youth Hostel. Which is the best way to ask someone?
    If you want someone to help, you need to be clear and polite (but not say TOO much!)
  2. Once they have told you the directions, what would you then say to them?
    Again, you need to 'strike the right balance' between being clear and polite.
  3. In a busy street, you turn round to look at something, and - quite by accident - you bump someone with your back-pack. What do you say?
    Once again, keep it clear and simple (without being so short, that you seem rude all over again).
  4. You are hoping to find a seat in a busy bus or train, and think you've found one where nobody is sitting. What do you say to the person in the next seat?
    You probably need to attract the person's attention before you ask about the seat.
  5. On the terrace of a cafe, you need a spoon because the waiter didn't bring you one. What do you say to the people at the next table?
    As usual, try to keep it polite but clear ... and not TOO direct, in good social English.
  6. Unfortunately, there is a small problem where you are staying. How do you best explain it, without being rude?
    As ever, try and keep it clear but polite (especially on this subject). There are ways to ask clearly, but it could be embarrassing if you accuse someone directly of being inefficient, careless or rude.
  7. You are ordering food in a busy pub, and need to check there's no problem about your friend who has an allergy. What do you say, to make certain?
    As usual, it makes sense to explain the reason.
  8. You are booking tickets for a day out somewhere. What is the best way to ask for them?
    As ever ... polite and clear!
  9. Some English friends have invited you out for a meal, but someone in your family is now ill. How do you best explain this to your friends?
    Again, try to keep it clear but polite ... and positive, if you can.
  10. Some English people offer you food that you have never seen before - and honestly, you'd prefer to refuse to eat it ... but without being rude to them. What do you say?
    Even in a negative situation, it is 'good manners' to try and say something positive.

Author: Ian Miles

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