An online discussion forum

An online discussion forum

Learn how to write posts on an online forum.

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.


Reading text


Can you believe it? Someone in another group asked me to write some pages of their website in English and French. But they can't pay because 'I'm starting this business with no money.' He said he's a professional photographer and he can do some photos for me instead. Am I wrong to be angry?


Nope! I’d be angry too


I can't help but here's the link to a friend's website. He is a French–English writer and translator


Er … asking people to work for free … not cool!


^^^ This!


Oops! I thought you were looking for someone. Sorry for the misunderstanding smiley


I can't pay my rent with photographs, sorry




True, but professional photos cost a lot of money, especially if you're getting married. Sorry I don't speak French or I would do it cheeky


Here's a link to his photography if anyone wants the job As you can see the website needs some work … wink


@Mylo45 Maybe, but people always ask writers to work for free #PayMe


Yep, if I need photos OK but I prefer to get paid with money


1. Writing in online forums is more like speaking.

2. You don’t have to put full stops (.) at the end of sentences.

3. Use ^^^ to show you’re talking about the post above yours.

4. Use @ and a person’s name to show clearly who you’re replying to.

5. You can use emojis.  cool

6. Stay calm and be polite. Some people get angry in online discussions but try to avoid that.

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Average: 5 (6 votes)

Submitted by Moon Wathan on Sat, 17/10/2020 - 06:37

Yes, I join in many discussion forum because I can learn their opinion and I can know what they think the problem. If I am lucky, I can get help from them. So, I like discussion forum.

Submitted by habibao.medo on Tue, 13/10/2020 - 11:07

no, not a lot i only join if it suits my interests e.g reading

Submitted by Matt18 on Sun, 27/09/2020 - 14:58

I like to join forums and make communication with people because it helps me to learn more and make some new friends. it is important to br polite nad respect other's ideas and opinion.

Submitted by shironeiko on Sat, 29/08/2020 - 02:03

oh I used to take part in the forum like this, but the shape is pretty different, it is more likely to group chat. It's very good if people keep polite while chatting.
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Submitted by shelly on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 09:32

I am used to participating in online discussion forum, from others opinion I can learn their viewpoint and express my standpoint. Besides it is a good opportunity for me to improve my writing skill and change my thought about some stuff. Our living circumstance is changing everyday, we need to open our mind to learn more from other people, other culture, even their advanced technology

Submitted by aml96 on Sun, 09/08/2020 - 16:37

i sometimes participate in the forums in the issue like education self development business and some interesting issues i presenting my thoughts politely also i believe the main value of this conversation to know the opinions of others not for wine in the discussion i found some people attack anyone have different thoughts also speak impolitely i try to avoid those guys and end the discussion with them

Submitted by Phan Bao Dung on Thu, 06/08/2020 - 10:51

I only join in the discussion forums that I'm really interested in the post's topics like topical issues about national politics, education, economics, health, traffic, or lifestyle. I like to read positive, polite, funny comments of forum participants. Sometimes, If I disagreed with somebody's comment, I would have polite feedback to express my opinions.

Submitted by Suellen Esteves on Thu, 23/07/2020 - 20:42

I rarely participate in the discussion forums because people are generally very intolerant and I don't like it. All owners of the truth