I want to give some advice casually. Consider this sentence,

Just a reminder: If you think you can make someone's day please do it, cause the world need more love.

Here, I love the way the phrase "Just a reminder" has been put in at the beginning.

Similarly, I am looking for an introductory phrase to casually give advice. For example,

Settling the issues with anger is easy, you must have the courage to actually explain to your child the actual thing.

I thought some phrases might be,

  • Just an advice

  • Just some casual thoughts

But you see, they are not really appropriate for my case. Can someone suggest better phrases?

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    'An advice' is, I believe, non-standard; I don't think 'advice' has been countified as yet. Dec 22, 2020 at 17:01
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    Giving advice without being asked is aggressive behavior in that it asserts authority. As such, one should ask permission before proffering advice. Can I give you a piece of advice? is about as strong as you should go; Do you mind if I suggest something? is less intrusive. Politeness is a good tactic if it really matters to you whether the advice is taken. Dec 22, 2020 at 17:36

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You could say

If you want my advice

or again

If you ask me

Words like Frankly or If I were you/in your shoes, could also introduce advice.


"Here's a tip" is a well-known introductory expression (pragmatic marker: focusing: giving advice).

Rick Steves even uses it punningly in an article in Smarter Travel:

- Here’s a Tip: Don’t Stress Over Tipping

  • This usage can be misleading since it often refers to the giving of insider information as for betting or investing, or of a hint as to how to manage some practical affair such as cooking a steak. This is how your example uses it. The phrase can be used to give other forms of advice, but I don't think it's especially used that way.
    – Pound Hash
    Dec 26, 2020 at 20:33

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