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.

Instructions

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

Transcript

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 ALLESTALL on Tue, 30/03/2021 - 16:30

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I often disagree with my husband or my son about any topic such as food, trips, gardening etc... I think I am right and the are convinced they are right as well... so in the end we try to find a good solution for everyone.

Submitted by MikhailZatopliaev on Sun, 28/03/2021 - 07:12

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Last time when I disagreed with somebody was when we are choosing a baby carriage, I preferred cheeper one but my wife more expensive. My wife won.
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Submitted by RAYNEE PEREIRA on Tue, 16/03/2021 - 21:54

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It depends on a lot of situation. I don't usually disagree with people, because my time is precious. Sometimes it is better to be silent.

Submitted by SofiaShevchenko on Thu, 11/03/2021 - 13:53

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Normally, I am calm person, and don't have any problem with people

Submitted by Zahra2004 on Wed, 10/03/2021 - 09:45

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On last week I think I was disagree with my friends opinion, she was upset with me and now I don't think we can be a friend again.

Submitted by PARIMALA MADIAZHAKAN on Mon, 08/03/2021 - 04:27

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Yes, last time I disagree with my friend opinion while we discuss about our childhood friend. My childhood friend is a girl and she now addicted with the tinder activities. My friend Priya also support her addiction. That's why I disagree with her opinion.

Submitted by SAURABH TIWARI on Sun, 07/03/2021 - 08:26

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Usually I don't convince with anybody but after successful interrogation I become.
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Submitted by Mai. O. on Sat, 06/03/2021 - 14:54

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Last week I disagreed with my housemate. We are friends and we are planning to rent a place just for the two of us. She prefers a house and I prefer an apartment. The main issue is she wants to have a small garden, and I am ok finding a park nearby. We finally agreed on renting a small house with a patio, close to the park we both enjoy going for a run.