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    I'm applying to a family where I'd like to stay as an au pair. Is there a more polite way of saying the following? 'I would be very grateful if you would give me enough time off to attend a language course and cover its cost.'

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    There is no polite way to ask them to pay for something. You could certainly ask them to allow you the time off to take the course itself, but asking them to pay for it is a bad idea.
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    I agree that asking them outright to pay for the course is probably a bad idea. However, you could try the sneaky way around it. How about writing "It would be great if you could allow me time off to attend a language course. I wonder if you would be able to find out if there is a low-priced course nearby as I am unable to afford to pay much. Thanks". It's the kind of thing that just might lead to them saying "Of course you can have time off. If you don't have enough money, we would be happy to pay for the course for you". Of course, it's equally possible that they'll say either "Sorry, you'll be too busy looking after our children to have time off for language classes" or "Of course you can have the time off. We will let you know some course fees soon". It's worth a try!
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