Asking for and showing attention

Asking for Attention

 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.

 For this occasion I want to share about the expression of Asking for and showing attention.

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.
  • Look!
  • Hey!
  • Attention, please!
  • Excuse me!

Showing attention

  • 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

Mrs. Indah          : Hello students, Can I have your attention,                                      please? All of you must watch the video                                            carefully, and then you have to answer the                                       questions based on the video

Students              : That’s alright, Mom.


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