Benvenuti al Conversation Club di MPEC
Benvenuti a un’altra entusiasmante sessione del Conversation Club di MPEC! Questa settimana, ci addentreremo in un argomento che molti trovano impegnativo ma cruciale: Chiedere Aiuto in Inglese. Sopratutto nelle situazioni di alto livello di stress (nelle quali andremo a chiedere aiuto) è fondamentale comprendere le espressioni idiomatiche e sfumate con cui gli anglofoni chiedono o rispondono alle richieste di assistenza. Vi forniremo idiomi, phrasal verbs ed espressioni che renderanno le vostre richieste di aiuto più autentiche e anche (that’s important!) più efficaci. Siete pronti per chiedere aiuto in Inglese? SOS!!
Prepared for you by: My Personal English Coach
Idioms for Asking for Help in an Emergency 🚨
- Sound the alarm 🚨 – To raise awareness about an emergency.
- Sample sentence: “When she smelled smoke, she immediately sounded the alarm.”
- Raise a red flag 🚩 – To indicate that something is wrong and help is needed.
- Sample sentence: “The sudden drop in his performance raised a red flag, and we knew we had to intervene.”
- Cry wolf 🐺 – To give a false alarm.
- Sample sentence: “She’s known for crying wolf, so people hesitated to help her this time.”
- Under the weather ☔ – Feeling ill and needing medical attention.
- Sample sentence: “I felt really under the weather, so I called for an ambulance.”
- On the ropes 🥊 – In a desperate situation and in need of help.
- Sample sentence: “He was on the ropes financially and had to call for emergency assistance.”
Phrasal Verbs for Asking for Help in an Emergency 🆘
- Call up 📞 – To telephone someone.
- Sample sentence: “I was feeling dizzy, so I called up emergency services.”
- Check in on 👀 – To visit or call to make sure someone is okay.
- Sample sentence: “Could you please check in on her? She seemed unwell.”
- Look into 🔍 – To investigate a situation.
- Sample sentence: “The authorities promised to look into the increasing crime rates.”
- Hold up 🖐️ – To delay.
- Sample sentence: “The ambulance was held up due to traffic.”
- Reach out 👐 – To ask for help or support.
- Sample sentence: “If you ever find yourself in trouble, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.”
Round 1 – Let’s Warm Up
- Describe a situation where you felt too shy to ask for help. What held you back?
- Have you ever been asked for help in a way that made you want to assist more?
- Do you think men and women ask for help differently?
- What are some “bad” ways to ask for help?
- What’s the most unusual way you’ve ever asked for or received help?
Role B (Emergency Operator): Emergency services. Which service do you require: police, ambulance, or fire?
Role A (Caller): Ambulance, please.
Role B: What’s the address of the emergency?
Role A: I’m at Oxford Street, near the John Lewis store.
Role B: What’s the situation? What’s happened?
Role A: I’ve seen a person on the street who seems to be feeling unwell. They’ve collapsed and are breathing heavily.
Role B: Is the person conscious?
Role A: Yes, they are conscious but they look really unwell.
Role B: Do you know if they have any underlying medical conditions?
Role A: I’m not sure, I’m just a passerby.
Role B: Alright, we’re dispatching an ambulance to your location. Please stay on the line and guide them when they arrive. Try to keep the person calm and don’t move them unless absolutely necessary.
Role A: Alright, I’ll wait for the ambulance and guide them.
Role B: Thank you for your call. The ambulance should be there shortly. Stay on the line.
Round 3: Office Role Play
Scenario: Office Teamwork
Person A: You are a project manager struggling with a difficult client and tight deadlines. You need to ask for help from your team.
Person B: You are a team member who’s aware that the project manager is stressed but unaware of the specifics. You’re are not really willing to help, as you have been under a lot of pressure, what with Marta being on her maternity leave and Giovanni being relocated to the UK.
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