Giving Advice

man giving advice to another man
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 28, 2022 and last updated on July 25, 2023

The topic of Giving Advice is immensely valuable for English learners as it enhances their language skills and interpersonal communication. Exploring this subject provides learners with a wide range of vocabulary and expressions to offer guidance, suggestions and support. Engaging in discussions about various scenarios and dilemmas strengthens conversational fluency and critical thinking abilities.

By practicing giving advice, learners develop confidence in expressing their ideas clearly and empathetically.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Giving Advice

Giving advice is a tricky thing. On the one hand, it’s tempting to think that offering advice is a way of helping others. On the other hand, though, giving advice when it’s not been asked for can be uncomfortable. If you’re not sure whether or not someone wants your advice, it’s best to just ask them!

Some people regularly look to others for advice while others prefer to work out their problems on their own.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • advice (noun)
  • offer (verb)
  • normally (adverb)
  • tend (verb)
  • problematic (adjective)
  • unwanted (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do you usually ask people for advice?
  • Do you like to give people advice?
  • Who do you usually give advice to?
  • Why do you think some people are better at giving advice than others?
  • Do you ever give advice without being asked?
  • How often do you ask for advice?
  • What are the important things to remember when giving advice?
  • Do you prefer to ask for advice or find the solution to problems yourself?
  • How do you feel when someone gives you advice when you haven't asked them to?
  • What advice would you give someone thinking about moving to your town?
  • What advice would you give someone looking to follow the same career path as you?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.