Asking for and showing attention. When we tell something, for example information, explanation or a story, we need our listener pay attention our information. For this we can use questions to attract your listeners’ attention. Whereas when we listen to information, explanation or a story, we can use several expressions to show that we are paying attention to what is being talked about.
Below are the expression of asking for attention and showing attention.
Asking for attention
- Can I have your attention, please?
- Excuse me, I wonder if I could trouble you ….
- May I have your attention, please?
- Excuse me, ….
- Sorry to trouble you.
- Sorry to bother you.
- Look at me!
- Look what I’ve got here.
- Look here.
- Attention, please!
- Excuse me!
- That’s alright
- I see. – Tell me more about it.
- Oh, yes. – Really?
- Mmm… – Oh, my God! What happens next?
- A ha… – And then what?
- How interesting! – What’s next?
- I know what you mean. – Is that all?
- Oh, oh! – Indeed?
- Well, well, well… – Oh, no!
Example of Dialogue
Students : That’s alright, Mom.