Close Up #7 – Favour

Can you do me a favour?
Rich has had an accident and needs some help from a friend. In this episode, he calls Chris and asks him for a favour. (In Canada favour is spelled with a u. For other spelling differences, check out our glossary.) Rich and Chris use expressions like on my way and to drop by.


Expressions included in the learning materialsfavor

  • To go out of your way
  • I  don’t want you to go out of your way
  • Polite ways for asking before you actually ask
  • On my way
  • In the way
  • Slip
  • Some fall
  • To make a scene
  • To draw attention
  • Few
  • To show up
  • That sucks!
  • To grab (a person or a thing)
  • Take it easy
  • Be by

Sample transcript

Chris: Hey, what’s up?
Rick: Hey it’s Rick, how’s it going?
Chris: Ah, pretty good, pretty good, you?
Rick: Oh, not bad, but I’m calling to ask you for a favour.
Chris: OK.
Rick: I don’t want you to go out of your way, but would you mind helping me pick up some groceries?
Chris: Sure, but can I ask why?
Rick: Yeah, it’s just that, well, I broke my leg yesterday.
Chris: What? What happened?
Rick: Well, actually, I was on my way to get some groceries myself. I was in a bit of a rush and slipped on some ice right next to my car.
Chris: That must have been some fall!

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast