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. read more

Asking and Response for Repetition

Asking for Repetition

       Asking and Response for Repetition. There are many ways to ask someone in order to repeat his or her statement or question, and there are also many ways to give response for someone request to repeat. We ask for repetition in order someone repeats her or his words because we don’t hear clearly or we don’t catch what he or she said.

Below are some Expressions of Asking for Repetition


Could you repeat again, please?

Would you mind repeating that?

I beg your pardon, please.

Would you be louder, please?

(I’m) Sorry, what did you say?



I’m sorry, I couldn’t understand you…

I’m sorry, I didn’t get that…

I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that….

I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you.

What was that?

Can you repeat that?

What did you say?

Pardon me?


What’s that again?

Say that again?


And below are some expressions of the Response

“Directly repeat sentences”

 I said,….

 Let me repeat my words…

 Well, I just wanna say that…. read more

Asking and giving direction

Asking and giving direction

Asking and Giving direction

Asking and giving direction

      If you’re in a new town, city or place and you want to know where a place or building is, these are useful phrases to ask for (and get) directions to a particular place. (Also read : The Way to Express Gratitude)

Asking for Direction

        When we start asking for direction, don’t forget to say “Excuse me” because this expression is always the most polite way to begin your request for directions. And then continue with the following expression of asking direction.

Below are some Expression to ask for direction

Could you tell me the way to……..?

How do I get to ………?

Where’s the nearest ………?

Can you direct me to……..?

Please tell me how I can get to………from here.

Which way is it to………?

I need direction to get to…….

I would like to go to……

Is this the way to…….


Excuse me. How do I get to (the railway station) please?”

Excuse me. Where’s the nearest (post office) please?” read more