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Asking and Giving Suggestion or Advice

Asking and Giving Suggestion or Advice

Asking and Giving Suggestion

Asking and Giving Suggestion or Advice

 In daily communication, we often suggest or advice someone for doing something. Suggestion is also called advice. Suggestion or advice Expression is the statement for giving suggest or advice to make someone better next time. For example, parents suggest or advice to their child, a friend advises to other friend or to us. It happens while someone has got bad condition or certain occasion. (Also read : The Way to Express Gratitude)

 We should know what expressions are usually used for asking and giving advice or suggestion. Here are some ways to ask and give advice or suggestion someone for doing something and also the ways to accept or reject suggestion.

Asking and giving suggestion

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Asking Suggestion or Advice

Giving Suggestion or Advice

Do you have any suggestion for me?

Will you give me some suggestion, please?

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Shall I come back later?

Any idea?

Where do you think I can get something nice?

Can you tell me what happened?

Please tell me what should I do?
What would you advise us to do?
Do you have any suggestions?
What do you think I should do?
What do you suggest?
Would you like to…..?
Shall we go….   ?

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You’d better….

You could (might)….

I suggest that you….

I recommend that you

You really should….

I strongly advise you to….

I think you should….
Maybe you should …
Why do not you …

I’d like to suggest that …….
I advise ……….
You should……..
It’s better for you …………..
You must ………
Perhaps you should lie down
It’s best to ….
You need/ought to
Make sure you ….

Accepting and rejecting suggestion

Accepting Suggestion or Advice

Rejecting Suggestion or Advice

That’s a good/nice/wonderful idea.

Yeah, sure.

Thank you. I’ll try that.

Why didn’t I think of that?

I think you’re right.

That’s sounds good.

Sure. I’ll do that.


I don’t think so.

I tried that, but it didn’t work.

Thanks, but that won’t help because….

I don’t want to do that because….

That’s a good idea, but….

I’m afraid I can’t do that.

I think it can’t solve my problem.

Example in dialogue

Dialogue 1

Ramlan : Hi Renny , would you like to do something with me this weekend ?
Renny : Sure . What shall we do ?
Ramlan : I do not know . Do you have any ideas?
Renny: Why do not we see a movie?
Ramlan : That’s sounds good to me . Which movie shall we see?
Renny: Let’s see “Iron Man 4”.
Ramlan: I’d rather not. I do not like violent films. How about going to “Mad Doctor Brown“? I hear it’s quite a funny movie.
Renny: OK. Let’s go see that. When is it on?
Ramlan : It’s on at 8 o’clock at the Rex . Shall we have a bite to eat before the movie?
Renny: Sure, that sounds great. What about going to that new Italian restaurant “Wong Jowo” ?
Ramlan: Great idea ! Let ‘s meet there at six .
Renny: OK . I’ll see you at “Wong Jowo” at six . Bye .
Ramlan : Bye . read more

Giving Instruction and Its Response

Giving Instruction and Its Response

Giving Instruction

Giving Instruction and Its Response

 Instruction is used when we want someone to do something for us. In giving instruction, we should pay attention to someone whom we are speaking to. So to learn how to give a good instruction, we can follow the following explanations. (Also read : Expression of Compliment and Its Response)

Actually instruction is a kind of expression consists of imperative sentence in grammar so the main form of instruction is

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(+) Verb 1 + ! (or can be Verb 1 + Complement + !)


Open the book!

Clean the board!

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Amir, close your book!

(-) Don’t + Verb 1 + ! ( or can be Don’t + Verb 1 + Complement + !)


Don’t close the window!

Don’t speak loudly, Tina!

Bayu, don’t sit here!

And below are other expression of giving instruction and its response

Giving InstructionResponse
Open the door!

Sit down!

Stand up!

Give me that box!

Be quiet!

Don’t smoke here!

Stop it, I tell!

Don’t disturb me!



All right



Thank you

Of course



However, we can make our instruction more polite by adding “Please” before or after instruction. (Also read other article at : Sebuah Puisi Untuk Ibu)


Don’t disturb me, please!

Go out, please!

Please study hard! read more

The Way to Express Gratitude

The Way to Express Gratitude

Express Gratitude

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The Way to Express Gratitude

 After posting about expressing congratulation and compliment, in this session I will continue posting speaking skill. It is about “The Way to Express Gratitude”  or it is commonly called Thanking. (Also read : EXPRESSION TO LEAD PRAYING AFTER LESSON)

 It is normally for us to express our grateful to someone else by saying ‘thank you’ when he / she gives us something or help us do something, or he / she gives a compliment, wish us, etc. for improving information, Let’s follow the explanation below.

 Gratitude is an expression that we show or say to express grateful feeling to other people. When speaking English, we say “thanks” very often. Please say “thank you” when people give us something, help us do something, wish us something and give us a compliment, etc. (Also read other article at : Sorry for not Loving You)

The following expressions are gratitude and its response

Dialogue 1 
Example of expressing gratitude and its response
read more

Expression of Compliment and Its Response

Expression of Compliment and Its Response

Expression of Compliment

Expression of Compliment and Its Response

 It is wise for us to give praise to someone on her / his general appearance, or if we notice something new about the person’s appearance, or when we visit someone’s house for the first time, or when other people do their best. The expression to give praise is called Compliment. So Compliment is an expression that we show or say to express or give praise. (Also read other article at : The Way of Expressing Congratulation)

Generally we use expression of compliment by formulating:

How + Adjective + Noun

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How clever you are!

How delicious food!

How perfect performance!


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What + a + Adjective + Noun


What a beautiful picture!

What a clever boy!

What a big room!

 However actually there are other expressions can be used as compliment, and below are some expressions of compliment and its response. (Also read other article at : Miss Certain Time of Rain)





That’s nice!

That’s not bad!


Pretty good!

Good grades!


Nice work!

Good job!

You look great!

You look very nice!

You look beautiful!

You look handsome!

I really must express my admiration for your dance

Thank you. It’s nice of you to say so.

Thank you but really isn’t anything special.

Thank you. Yours is even nicer.

I’m glad you like it.

Thank you.

Thank you so much.

Yeah, thanks


I will

Thanks a lot

It is nothing

Example of dialog compliment :

Virly     : Rosy, This is cake for you. I made it   by  myself .

Sosy       : Wow! What a delicious cake! Thank you Virly. read more

The Way of Expressing Congratulation

The Way of Expressing Congratulation

Expression of Congratulation

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The Way of Expressing Congratulation

 When we hear someone gets a success, it is better for us to say congratulation. Congratulation is an expression that we use to give the congratulation utterance when someone gets a success in doing something. (Also read : How to Introduce Yourself or Other People)

 The expression of congratulation and its response can be shown as below

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Expressions of CongratulationResponding of Congratulation
  • Congratulation
  • Congratulations
  • Congratulation for your successes
  • Congratulations on your succeeds
  • I congratulate you in getting . . . .
  • Happy Birthday
  • Happy New Year
  • Happy Anniversary
  • Let me congratulate you
  • Happy graduation, congratulation wish you all the best.
  • That’s great!
  • Pretty Good
  • I’d be the first to congratulate you on.
  • I’d like to congratulate you on …
  • Please accept my warmest congratulations.
  • Please accept my heartiest congratulations
  • You have done such a wonderful job, congratulation
  • Congratulation for your new baby, wish you happily ever after. 
  • Congratulation, you got the first rank. I know you can do your best.
  • I know you will win the game, and now you are the winner, congratulation.
  • May I congratulate you on …
  • I must congratulate you.
  • It was great to hear about …
  • Well done
  • Nice one.
  • Good.
  • Fantastic!
  • It’s very good of you to say so.
  • How nice of you to say so.
  • Thank you very much for saying so.
  • I’m glad you think so.
  • Oh, it’s nothing special actually.
  • Oh, I have a lot to learn yet.
  • Thank you.
  • Oh, not really.
  • Oh, nothing to it, actually.
  • Oh, thanks.
  • Thanks
  • Thank you so much
  • Thanks a million
  • Thanks a lot
  • Thank you for your kindness
  • (Also read other article at : Contoh Puisi Lama berdasarkan Jenisnya)

Example of congratulations in dialogue

Dialogue 1

Ronny     : Happy birthday, Paula. Many happy return of the day

Paula   : Thank you, Ronny. You are the first me who congratulates me

Ronny     : Oh really? Here is a little present for you. I hope you like it.

Paula   : Thank you very much. You are really my best friend. (Also read other article at : Saat Hati Lelah Berubah Menjadi Lillah)

Dialogue 2

Mother: ‘Sicilia, how is your result of the test?’

Sicilia      : ‘it’s great! I have gotten ten in my test, Mom’

Mother: ‘Congratulations! I am proud of you.’ read more

How to Introduce Yourself or Other People

How to Introduce Yourself or Other People

Introduce Yourself

How to Introduce Yourself or Other People

 Maybe you just stand there and don’t really know how to begin when you want to introduce yourself or someone else to an English native speaker. Your intention, however, was to leave a lasting first impression at the beginning of a conversation. (Also read : Expression of Agreement and Disagreement)

 The following phrases will help you to introduce yourself both casually and confidently. If someone is introduced to you, you may reply “Nice to meet you” and introduce yourself afterwards


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expressions to introduce yourselfexpressions to introduce others
I just wanted to introduce myself,

I don’t believe we’ve met before,

I don’t think we’ve actually met formally yet,

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My name is …

I’m ….

Nice to meet you; I’m …

Pleased to meet you; I’m …

Let me introduce myself; I’m …

I’d like to introduce myself; I’m …

I’d like to introduce you to…

There’s someone I’d like you to meet,

This is…

Have you met…?

…, please meet ….

…, have you met …?

I’d like you to meet ….

I’d like to introduce you to ….

Leila, this is Bonita. Bonita this is Leila.

Useful responses when introducing yourself or other people
Pleased to meet you.

Nice to meet you.

Very nice to meet you.

It’s a pleasure to meet you.

Happy to meet you.

How do you do?


  1. When introducing yourself or other people in a formal situation use full names. (“I’m Alex Bertnard.”) (Also read othe article at : Mumpung Waras Ibadah Seng Ikhlas)
  2. How do you do?” isn’t really a question, it just means “Hello


Basri:  I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Basri Handoko, the new manager.

William: I’m William O’Brian. Nice to meet you, Mr. Basri Handoko.

Basri:  Nice to meet you too, Mr. William, please meet Ms. Anisa Chotim, my assistant

William:  How do you do?

Anisa:  How do you do? read more

Expression of Agreement and Disagreement

Expression of Agreement and Disagreement

Agreement and Disagreement

Expression of Agreement and Disagreement

 After sharing about Asking for Repetition and Response and Greeting and Leave Taking, now I want to share about another expression related to speaking area. In this case I want discuss about Agreement and Disagreement Expression. This expression used when we want to response someone opinion or idea. (Also read : Expression of Greeting and Leave Taking)

 There are some expression related to agreement and disagreement. Below is the explanation:

  1. Asking for Agreement

The following expressions can be used to ask someone giving agreement

What do you think about my idea?

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Don’t you think …?

Don’t you agree that …?

Do you agree if …?

  1. Giving Response

The following expressions are used to response of someone’s asking for agreement. (Also read other article at : Manfaat Makanan 4 Sehat 5 Sempurna)

  1. Agreement
I agree

I agree with you

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That’s so true


I am with you

That’s for sure

There is no doubt about it that…

I completely / absolutely agree with you.

I agree with you entirely.

I totally agree with you.

I simply must agree with that.

I am of the same opinion.

I am of the same opinion.

That’s exactly what I think.

No doubt about it

  1. Disagreement
I don’t think so

I totally disagree

That’s not always true

Not necessarily

I beg to differ

No, I’m not sure about that

I don’t agree with you.

I’m sorry, but I disagree.

I’m afraid, I can’t agree with you.

I cannot agree with this idea.

I don’t entirely agree with …….

I see what you mean, but ……

I agree, but ……

Yes, but on the other hand ……

Yes, but don’t you think … 

Yes, maybe, but ….

You may be right, but ….

Do you think so?

I see what you mean, but ….

To some extent, yes, but ….

I don’t think so.

I don’t agree with you.

I’m not sure I agree with you.


Example of Dialogue

Rasyid        : “ Hi, Nikmah ! Happy birthday to you.” (Also read other article at : UTS Online Bahasa Inggris Kelas 8 Semester Genap)

Nikmah       : “thank you Rasyid for remembering my birthday.”

Rasyid        :” Well, how many candles are you going to blow today?” read more

Expression of Greeting and Leave Taking

Expression of Greeting and Leave Taking

Expression of Greeting and Leave Taking

Expression of Greeting and Leave Taking

 In communication it is normally to start and also finish our communication when we meet someone. There are many expression that we use to start communication and finish communication. Here I want to share about it. (Also read : Asking for and showing attention)


  1. Greeting

 When we meet someone we know, we usually greet him/her whatever formal or informal.

 The formal greetings are usually used when we meet someone whom we respect.

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 Informal greeting is used when we meet someone we already know each other, like classmates, close friend, or friend. The greeting expression, are:

Formal Greetings

Good morning

Good day/noon

Good afternoon

Good evening


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Good morning

Good day/noon

Good afternoon

Good evening


Informal Greetings







 Greeting is usually followed by asking the condition of someone. (Also read other article at : Fear Away from True Friend)

Asking / Questions

How are you?

How is life?

How do you do?

How is everything with you?

How are you doing


I’m fine

Not bad, thanks

How do you do?

Pretty well. Thanks

I am very well thanks

  1. Leave taking/partings

 Leave taking usually used if we part with someone we know. It’s divided into formal and informal parting. (Also read other article at : Contoh Judul Skripsi Bahasa Inggris)

Formal Partings

Good night

Nice to see you

It’s nice to meet you

Good bye


Good night

Nice to see you, too

Nice to meet you, too

Good bye

Informal Partings



See you later

See you tomorrow

Good luck

Take care




See you

See you

Thank you

You too


  1. Good morning: since get up in the morning until have lunch (00.00 – 12.00)
  2. Good day/noon at about 12.00
  3. Good afternoon: since 12.00 up to 18.00
  4. Good Evening: since 18.00 up to 24.00(00.00)
  5.  Good night is used before sleeping.
  6. P.m. (post merediem) = 12.00 up to 24.00
  7. A.m (Ante merediem) = 24.00 up to 12.00

Examples of Greeting and leave taking : read more

Asking for and showing attention

Asking for and showing attention

Asking for Attention

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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. (Also read : Asking and Response for Repetition)

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 For this occasion I want to share about how to express of Asking for and showing attention.

Below are the expression of asking for attention and how to show 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!

(Also read other article at : Pengertian dan Macam Macam Rukun Islam)

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!

(Also read other article at : Bagai Rembulan Penerang Dalam Kegelapan)

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 read more