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.

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 Daniel Garroux on Sat, 01/01/2022 - 19:22

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The last time I disagree with someone was during a conversation with friends. One of them was against getting the vaccine. We finally convinced him to do it, but it was very hard, cause he had a lot of concerns about the collateral effects of the vaccine.

Submitted by huynguyen09 on Fri, 31/12/2021 - 15:03

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The latest time that I disagreed is when I talking with my boss. I don't think the plan he has prepared for our team is following the orientation of the director.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Wed, 01/12/2021 - 08:34

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When I disagree something I usually say I don't like this idea or things. It's happens everyday.

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Thu, 21/10/2021 - 12:00

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it is only recently, me and my friends we had a group homework. My friend gave bad ideas and of course I objected to those ideas. after that, we had a long discussion, finally we have come to a joint decision and finish our group homework.

Submitted by arturo.barrios on Mon, 18/10/2021 - 01:28

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with my wife, we are disagree about the education of our childs, she´s very permissive and my teenager daugther wants to hang out with her friends all days, and our son dont have control with with the time tha he pass with video games, I put rules but my kids revel against my directions.

Submitted by stefanomalinconico on Wed, 06/10/2021 - 18:43

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By the end of my course in the college, I was hired to a position in a company where the experienced consultant did not have a high knowledge level in a technology that became very used on that time. I was chosen by recruiters exactly because I had a good background in this technology. So, this situation made me face a lot of disagreement with this consultant.