Level 2:


Asking for advice:

What should I do?         What do you think I should do?
What would you do if you were in my situation?         What would you do if you were me?
Can you help me?         What would you do in my situation?
What's the best way to (do it)?         Can you teach me how to (do it)?
Can you show me how to (do it)?         Do you know how to (do it)?
I need to ......., but I don't know how.         Where can I go to get some help?
Who should I talk to?         Should I (do this) or should I (do that)?
Should I (do this) or do you think it would be best to (do that)?         Do you know where I can .......?
What do you think is best?         I'm not sure what I need to do.
I have a problem and I was wondering if you could help me.         I don't know what I can do.
I don't know what to do.         I don't know what I should do.
I'd like your opinion on this.         I'd like your advice on this.
I'd like your help.         I need some advice.
I need some help.         What do you suggest?
What do you recommend?         Do you have any suggestions?
Do you have any recommendations?         Do you have any good ideas?
I could really use some good advice.          


Giving advice:

You should (do this).         You shouldn't (do this).
Have you tried (this)?         Have you tried (doing this)?
Have you thought about (this)?         Have you thought about (doing this)?
Have you considered (this)?         Have you considered (doing this)?
Maybe you should (do this).         Maybe you shouldn't (do that)?
You could try (this).         You could try (doing this).
You might want to try (this).         You might want to try (doing this).
I don't think you should (do this).         I don't think it would be a good idea to (do that).
I think you have to (do this) first.         Don't (do that), unless (you want to have more problems)!
You'd better (do this) as soon as possible!         You'd better not (do this).
Have you asked (someone) about this situation?         If I were you, I'd (do this) because....
If I were in your situation, I wouldn't (do that) because....         Maybe it would be best for you to (do this).
Well, in my opinion, I think you ought to (do this).         I suggest you try (this).
I suggest you try (doing this).         I recommend (this) because...
I recommend you (do this).         I don't recommend (this) because...
I'm sorry, I can't help you.         I'm sorry. I don't know how to help you.
I don't have any good ideas.          


Responding to advice:

Accepting advice:         Rejecting advice:
That's a good idea!         I don't think that is a good idea.
I'll try it!         I'm afraid it won't work because...
Thanks for your advice.         That sounds like a bad idea.
Why didn't I think of that?         Thanks for your advice, but .....
That sound easy.         Do you have any other ideas?
I can do that.         I can't do that because ....
That sounds like a great idea!         Are you really sure about this?
You always have good ideas. Thanks.         I don't want to (do that).
          I'm afraid to (do that).


These are just a few examples of what you can say. If you have any questions, please visit my Guest Book and post your question.

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