Agreeing and disagreeing

In this video, Emir and Paul discuss a design for a client. Listen to the language they use for agreeing and disagreeing and practise saying the useful phrases.

Do the preparation exercise first. Then watch the video and do the exercises to check your understanding and practise the language.


Ana: Hi! I'm Ana. Welcome to What to Say!

Do you know what to say when you agree and disagree? Listen out for useful language for agreeing and disagreeing. Then, we'll practise saying the new phrases – after this.


Paul: So?

Emir: I'm not convinced by that idea.

Paul: Why?

Emir: Well, this design is just too simple. 

Paul: It's not simple, it's minimal. Plus, it's what the client asked for.

Emir: I'm not so sure. Look … Look at these designs here. I think this is the style that the client wants.

Paul: Hmmm … I think I disagree. They said they wanted it clean and minimal.

Emir: These designs are clean and minimal. 

Paul: Look, don't get me wrong, Emir. I like them, but I don't think they fit the brief. For example, here, there's just a bit too much going on.

Emir: OK, I see what you mean, but without all the colour, it would look a bit … empty. 

Paul: True. OK, how about taking that and that away? So it still looks interesting, but less busy. 

Emir: OK … maybe you've got a point there. Actually, that has given me an idea.

Emir: So we remove the blue. I think that creates a nice balance.

Paul: Yeah, yeah. I think you're right. Changing the circles helped too. 

Emir: I agree. So we're happy with this now?

Paul: Yes, definitely. 

Emir: So it looks like we can agree!

Paul: Occasionally. 


Ana: Hello again! I'm pleased that Paul and Emir agreed with each other in the end. So, did you notice the useful phrases used for agreeing and disagreeing? Listen to me and then repeat. 


I'm not convinced by that idea.

I'm not so sure.

I think I disagree.

Don't get me wrong, but I don't think they fit. 

I see what you mean, but it looks a bit empty. 

OK, maybe you've got a point there.

I think you're right.

Yes, definitely.

I agree. 


Ana: Try and use some of these phrases the next time you agree and disagree in English. Bye for now!

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Submitted by Justine STM on Mon, 11/01/2021 - 15:07

The last time i disagree with someone was with my best friend in a dinner. He wanted to play at a society game with all present people, but i was with my new boyfriend who didn't speak french. So i was thinking he couldn't play with us and then didn't enjoy the moment.

Submitted by M19 on Sun, 10/01/2021 - 08:34

I remember one day at work, a colleague of mine suggested that a certain instrument be used for making assessments. I was not convinced by the idea, however much she insisted that it would save time and reduce risks. From my experience in using it on clients, more time was spent in taking measurements than on addressing clients' urgent needs. Also, the potential for injury was high considering the fact that the instrument had to be attached on the client's body. She understood and realized that I was actually right after gathering further information on that particular instrument. Comparisons were made in relation to other available ones, clients experiences and expectations were documented and finally a decision was reached that everyone agreed to.

Submitted by Ololade on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 22:57

This is really cool and educating.

Submitted by yuyu on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 08:31

Last night, I disagree with my friend. We found two dresses online and she think pink one is prettier but I don't think so.

Submitted by Joesph on Wed, 06/01/2021 - 13:56

My friend suggested to me go to the mountain next weekend, But I disagree with his idea because the weather is not clear there are a lot of clouds and maybe its going to rain, I informed him my wish to spend the time in the home and watching a movie.

Submitted by Gabi on Wed, 06/01/2021 - 11:49

I loved this activity.

Submitted by YewandeAdeosun on Fri, 25/12/2020 - 18:23

I really find this helpful. I learnt new words

Submitted by YewandeAdeosun on Fri, 25/12/2020 - 18:19

Today. I disagreed with my boyfriend . He argued with me on replying exes chats although I am not convinced. In my opinion I feel that it’s not bad replying exes chats

Submitted by Thinn Thiri Myo on Thu, 24/12/2020 - 04:57

Yesterday,I disagree with my mom.I give her some advice.But she says,it didn't do like that because it doesn't match with her.

Submitted by Kp on Thu, 17/12/2020 - 15:04

Oh well, it’s like couple of days ago. Me and my colleague got a project to make report. So then we have some dissatisfaction with the conclusion part but at last we agreed on different conclusion.

Submitted by Randall on Tue, 15/12/2020 - 02:04

The last time when i disagreed with someone was when i had to develop a new database in my work due to i dediced to use Oracle rather that SQL and my boss did'nt want to spend a lot of money buying an Oracle licence. Finally, i was able to convice him that Oracle was the best option because the results were gonna be given by its fantastic performance...

Submitted by Ekowe on Mon, 14/12/2020 - 17:16

the last time I disagreed with someone is this morning at work. The answers of a colleagues didn't convinced me and i desagreed with his view point.

Submitted by Harrison on Sun, 13/12/2020 - 15:55

The last time argument was with my mom. There was a new English teacher and I was extremely uncomfortable with her teaching methods. As it was during the pandemic, I learned English with online class. However, there were many students with the background noise and I couldn't even have the conversation with the teacher. Teacher also did listen to me. It made me so furious and really pissed me off. But, my mom said that you needed to be tolerated during these time as the tutorial fees was given. So, how you guys think?

Submitted by TalhaÖzkan on Tue, 08/12/2020 - 20:26

The last time I disagree with Talha and Talat.They said We are going to studying day to day for next modül exam. OK … maybe you've got a point there, but this idea is unrealistic.

Submitted by WalaaHayek on Sun, 29/11/2020 - 14:20

Last time I disagreed with my husband, we were preparing a spaghetti meal and he wanted to put a lot of corn with it. I didn't think it fits with the spaghetti.

Submitted by Marina Hornus on Sat, 28/11/2020 - 20:56

Hello everyone, The last time that I disagree with someone was yesterday. I am part of a group of people who are working on offering help to rural workers. One person in that group had the idea to build a mobile lab in a truck. He asked me for the price of it, and I immediately tell him that it will not work because it is so expensive to move a truck with a lab and also it requires electricity for equipment to work. I tell him that it is cheaper to pick samples and analyze them in a traditional lab. He does not agree with me, but I do not care. I am sure that for analyzing samples of water it is better a traditional lab.

Submitted by samssira on Fri, 27/11/2020 - 21:11

The last time I desagreed whith someone it was about how to paint the livingroom, my father wanted grey color but me I prefer the white color because it makes the room more lightning.

Submitted by Phyu Sin on Sun, 22/11/2020 - 08:03

The last time I disagree with is my partner in my job because he didn't accept my idea and he was so bossy.

Submitted by Sana Omar on Sat, 21/11/2020 - 13:42

The last time I disagreed with my coworkers on the schedule of the training programmes we prepared.
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Submitted by Aghaton on Thu, 19/11/2020 - 15:09

Hello everyone, the last time I disagreed on something was when i and my wife had different thoughts about the groceries buying budget.I had my own list in mind while she had her own, but when it came to the real budget on the list , we had to choose which item on the list had to go away., I just never agreed on the ideas of removing or trimming the number of items from my list to balance the budget, likewise, she didn't like that to happen to hers.

Submitted by Cecilio Franzoni on Sat, 14/11/2020 - 17:19

Desagreeing and agreeing its important. I learned how to desagrre in a frendly maner

Submitted by Pola on Sat, 14/11/2020 - 13:46

In the last time, I disagreed with my big brother, he was wanting make a business in tourism field but I'm not convinced by that idea, after so that the covid-19 happened and everything stopped around the world, then he lost all his money.

Submitted by 777_gerchikkh_777 on Mon, 09/11/2020 - 09:53

Hi guys! Recently I have argue with my family, that self -education more important, than education. And need to try most of all . They said me : We think you don't right . What do you think ,who right???

Submitted by Rodrigo Abrantes on Sun, 08/11/2020 - 00:32

The last time I disagree with someone was when I was talking about politics. My friend doesn't have the same opinion as me.

Submitted by Khin Thandar Htun on Fri, 06/11/2020 - 05:09

The last time that I disagreed with is my friend. At that time, we were doing a presentation. But I think we disagreed because we didn't understand each other!

Submitted by Momocompanyman on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 10:52

Dear Team, what do you mean in this phrase : there's just a bit too much going on.

Hello Momocompanyman,

Paul means that the design is not clean and simple, but rather distracting because there are many elements -- for example, perhaps there are too many colours or too many lines. 'too much' refers to those design elements and 'going on' just means something like 'there are' here.

Does that make sense?

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Momocompanyman on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 09:47

When I was at work, I disagreed regarding a technical issue
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Submitted by Mr.hanymabrok on Wed, 04/11/2020 - 05:18

thanks a lot for British council team, it s amazing way to help us in speaking

Submitted by John A. on Fri, 30/10/2020 - 15:26

Hi guys, Sometimes, when people told me something, I like to disagree with them just to have more explanations and check if they are convince about what they are saying to me...and sometimes it's quite funny. So I'm qualify as a guy with a spirit of contradiction...hope you are not agree with that ;)
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Submitted by javibuendi on Tue, 20/10/2020 - 17:59

Last discussion I had it was with my girlfriend. It was about how the quality of the language can change our lifes. She defended that you cannot measure the quality of the language, she was completely sure that every of them worth the same. In the other hand, I believe that due to the complexity of the languages, there are some better than others, and you can take advantage of it to grow as a person.

Submitted by fahri on Mon, 19/10/2020 - 12:15

Dear team. What is the different from: I don't aggre with you. And I disagree with you. Which one more polite ?? Thank you very much for your answer

Hello fahri,

'I don't agree' and 'I disagree' are both polite, but 'I disagree' is more formal. If it's a normal speaking situation, 'I don't agree' is probably the best form to use.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by fahri on Sat, 17/10/2020 - 15:38

Dear team. From the lesson above. I like them, but I don't think they fit the brief. The question: What is that means 'fit the brief' ??? Thank you very much for your answer

Hello fahri,

In this context, a 'brief' is a set of instructions. Paul is telling Emir that he thinks Emir's design doesn't follow the instructions they received from the client.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by habibao.medo on Tue, 13/10/2020 - 12:11

i don't remember any situation right now :)

Submitted by nialataria on Sun, 11/10/2020 - 18:42

very useful phrases:)

Submitted by flavie.A on Sun, 11/10/2020 - 14:50

Two days ago, I hade family discussion with my kids on setting a family budget. Many points were raised up and this gave room to many agreements and disagreements. In the end we came up with acceptable solutions for each and every body for the best functioning of the home. Every opinion was taken into consideration in respect of each family member.

Submitted by Bayader Gasmalla on Tue, 06/10/2020 - 18:48

I often got an argumentative topics, but i respect others opinions otherwise i try to convince them and find the best solutions!

Submitted by DEUTOU DEUTOU Martin on Wed, 30/09/2020 - 10:51

it was very interesting

Submitted by ana cerqueira on Tue, 29/09/2020 - 11:01

I don’t remember, but it is a constant in our job. Is important to register the points but with respect to each other

Submitted by fariba on Tue, 22/09/2020 - 08:27

one month a go i was disagree with my colleague.

Submitted by Lionz on Mon, 21/09/2020 - 19:56

there was conversation between me and my friend about taking my master degree abroad or in my country but in the end we agreed that taking it from aus will be better
The same as me happened last week , my friend was telling me that we have to do it in our country because of the difficult situation of the world but I tried to convince her that it is a good opportunity so we have to go despite the problems.

Submitted by Ray Or on Sun, 20/09/2020 - 08:30

Is it Possible to have a group discussion to practice will all learners ?

Hello Ray Or,

No, I'm afraid that's not possible on LearnEnglish. You might want to look into our English Online courses, where you'd be in a virtual classroom with a teacher and other students.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Daniel FYT on Fri, 18/09/2020 - 18:03

Very interesting! Could you advise me a dictionary where I can find translation (in French) of some expressions like “don't get me wrong”, “ they fit the brief” “too much going on” Yes that’s funny. They are all in the same phrase ;-) Thanks Emir

Hello Emir,

The Cambridge Dictionary has an English–French dictionary, but I'm not sure you will find translations of phrases such as these. I'd recommend WordReference and/or Linguee, though it's also a good idea for you to do a little searching, as you might find something even more useful.

Hope this helps.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Hnin Ei Khing on Wed, 16/09/2020 - 05:45

I made a discussion with my friend for English speaking practice. Then, I drew a schedule for an hour Every Saturday. But she was not convinced by that idea. I thought she disagree.