Pedir ayuda en inglés: frases útiles

Pedir ayuda en inglés: frases útiles; A veces, todos necesitamos ayuda. En inglés es de mala educación pedir ayuda directamente. Hay muchas frases que podemos usar para pedir ayuda.

En esta lección aprenderemos algunas de estas frases útiles en inglés

Frases útiles para pedir ayuda en inglés

ExpresionesCómo se usa
Can you give me a hand with this?Pregunta directa para usar con amigos y personas que conoces bien
Could you help me for a second?Más educado. Añadir las palabras “for a second” muestra que no es tan difícil y que no necesitamos mucha ayuda
Can I ask a favor?

Can I ask you for a favor?

Could you do me a favor?

Forma general de pedir ayuda
I wonder if you could help me with this?Más educado y formal. A menudo usamos esta frase con personas que no conoces demasiado bien o con tu jefe
I could do with some help, please.

I could use some help.

I could use a hand.

I could use your help.

Directo y fuerte. Significa que realmente necesitas ayuda. Se usa en un contexto más profesional 
I can’t manage. Can you help?Muestra que está desesperado por ayuda y que tiene un gran problema, especialmente si tiene mucho trabajo por hacer
Give me a hand with this, will you?

Lend me a hand with this, will you?

Solicitudes directas de ayuda y no requieren una gran cantidad de esfuerzo.

“Lend me a hand” es anticuado y más cortés

Could you spare a moment?Muestra que respetas a la persona por estar ocupada y que necesitas ayuda por un corto periodo de tiempo
I need some help, please.Pregunta directa y utilizada por personas con autoridad. La persona que pide ayuda no espera un “NO” por respuesta 

 

Otras formas de pedir ayuda en inglés

Uso de verbos modales: can, could, would y would you mind…?

Can you help me?Can significa si puedes ayudar.
Could you help me?Could es más educado y significa si es posible para ti ayudar a alguien.
Would you help me?Would significa si tu estás dispuesto a ayudar.
Would you mind helping me?Would you mind + verb -ing es la forma más educada.

 

Uso de phrasal verb: 

help (someone) out. 

Con este phrasal verb, siempre decimos quién necesita ayuda.

My mother goes to the supermarket today. I need to help her out with the grocery bags.

Henry would love to help you out, but he’s very busy at the moment.

 

 help out

Con este phrasal verb, ya sabemos quién necesita la ayuda y qué ayuda se necesita.

Belle:    I know you are so busy. Since tomorrow is your day off, can you work in the shop?

Ann:      Sure, I can help out.

The kids would like to help out for tomorrow’s barbecue.

 

Ejercicios para Pedir ayuda en inglés: frases útiles 

Elige la respuesta correcta. 

The following are general ways to ask for help except for one: (Can you give me a hand with this?)

a.Can I ask a favor?
b.Can I ask for a favor?
c.Could you do me a favor?
d..Can you give me a hand with this?

The following are direct and strong ways to ask for help except for one: (Could you help me for a second?)

a.I could do with some help, please.
b.I could use some help.
c.I could use a hand.
d.Could you help me for a second?

This expression shows that you are desperate for help. (I can’t manage. Can you help?)

a.I can’t manage. Can you help?
b.Can I ask for a favor?
c.I wonder if you could help me with this?

This expression is used by persons in authority and this person doesn’t expect NO for an answer. (I need some help please)

a.I need some help please.
b.Could you spare a moment?
c.Can you give me a hand please?

This expression shows respect for the other person and that you need help for a short time. (Could you spare a moment?)

a.I need some help please.
b.Could you spare a moment?
c.Can you lend me a hand please?

This is more formal and polite way of asking for help from people you don’t know well. (I wonder if you could help me with this?)

a.I wonder if you could help me with this?
b.I could use a hand.
c.Could you do me a favor?

Using this modal verb means that you are able to help. (can)

a.can
b. could
c. would

Using this modal verb means that it is possible for you to help. (could)

a.can
b. could
c. would

Using this modal verb means that you are willing to help. (would)

a.can
b. could
c. would

Ejercicios de comunicación

Utilizando las frases estudiadas, pide…

  1. your sister to lend you $100 for your weekend away.
  2. your classmate to help you with your homework.
  3. your officemate to assist you with some paperwork.
  4. your colleague to give you a ride home.
  5. your teacher to correct your grammar.
  6. your teacher to practice speaking English with you.
  7. your mother to cook a meal.
  8. your boss to let you have a day off tomorrow.

Debate sobre las siguientes preguntas.

  1. What is the importance of asking help?
  2. Is it a must to help back the person who helped you?
  3. Will you help a person who really needs help but is not asking any help?