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Lesson 5, Topic 2

Asking For Recommendations

Gemma November 20, 2019
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You’re having a great time but there are so many things to see and do! You don’t have enough time to do everything…so how do you choose?

This is another reason why it’s great to chat to locals! They have lots of experience when it comes to the town or city you’re visiting. They can give you advice, tell you the best things to see…and perhaps warn you against expensive tourist attractions that are actually not so great.

The easiest people to ask for recommendations from are the receptionist at your hotel or your AirBnB host. Of course, if you are talking to a local and want to ask for their advice then most of the time they will be delighted to give you some recommendations.

You can also find Tourist Information and ask someone there. We will cover this in the next part of this lesson.

Here are some useful questions that you can ask the locals:

What should I see while I’m here?

What’s your favourite place?

Where should I definitely visit?

I don’t have time to go to both A and B…which would you choose?

I’m thinking about going to (place/attraction). What do you think?

Is there somewhere you can recommend that’s popular with locals?

What’s the best place to try (local/traditional food)?

The local you’re talking to will be flattered that you value their opinion!

Look at the phrases below to see how locals may respond to your questions.

I would/wouldn’t recommend…

You must see…

Go to (place/attraction). It’s a must-see!

I’d avoid…

You should definitely go to…

My favourite place is…

They may also ask you for more information about yourself. Everyone is different, so your local expert might ask about your personal preferences. This means they can recommend something that you’ll enjoy.

Are you interested in (art/history/architecture?) Then you might like….

Do you like….? Then you should definitely see….

Now read the dialogues below to see how these questions and responses look in real situations.

Dialogue 1:

A: Excuse me? I only have a few days here and there’s so much to see! Where should I definitely visit?

B: Hmmm. Are you interested in art?

A: Yes, I love paintings.

B: You should definitely go to the art gallery. They have a Van Gogh art exhibition at the moment. It’s a must-see!

Dialogue 2:

A: I only have time to do one more thing today before everything closes. What would you recommend?

B: I recommend the botanic gardens. It’s free so if you don’t have much time left at least it won’t cost you anything.

A: Thank you.

B: No problem! The restaurants will still be open later. You should definitely try some local food.

A: That’s a great idea. What’s the best place to try local food?

B: Try the Scallop Inn. It’s usually busy but they serve the best food!

Dialogue 3:

A: It’s the last day of my holiday and there are still so many things I want to do.

B: What are you going to do today?

A: I can’t decide. I don’t have time to go to both City Tower and the palace. Which would you choose?

B: I’d avoid City Tower. It’s incredibly busy and expensive! The view is great but there’s not much to do. Go to the palace instead. It’s beautiful and very interesting.

Now you know how to ask for recommendations. Let’s ask some locals for some advice!