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 BelaBela45 on Tue, 04/01/2022 - 00:08


Sometimes I disagree with my husband because I like to think a lot before making a decision , and he is more impulsive. For example, he is used to buying things because they are in promotion or because he never these had items before. Me, I prefer investing my money in things that I really need and WHEN I need them , and if they fit in my budget.

Submitted by Myat Moe on Mon, 03/01/2022 - 09:58


I always argue with my brothers over small things. So this is such a useful lesson for me. Now I can use a load of phrases to argue with them.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

it's case by case because we have a lot of discussion in work or in life. Some time I agree or disagree with anothers idea.

Submitted by siddhuk2002 on Mon, 04/10/2021 - 07:05


Hi all! It depends on a lot of situations. Sometimes I disagree with my brother when he's telling a lie. Sometimes it escalates to fights.

Submitted by krigss91350 on Fri, 10/09/2021 - 07:57

i was disagreed with one client of mine yesterday. He wants to cover his balcony by lime boards instead of pines ones. I didn't try to persuade him to change this decision because he has already bought this lime boards and insulation as well. Soon after his balcony will have been covered by these lime boards there are appear mold and mildew because of moisture and because that lime boards don't have resin inside theirselves.

Submitted by Celise Monteir… on Sat, 04/09/2021 - 02:29

Im my work, I desagree with one collegue all the time. But, I improve to deal with a conflict, and many times I stop to listean, I explain my ideas and we try to reach a consensus.

Submitted by KarenAvdalyan on Mon, 30/08/2021 - 11:14

I often disagree with my colleague when we discuss a new task or feature about the project, however like in the video above we always find a way to agree with each other.

Submitted by carolina guerrero on Fri, 02/07/2021 - 03:21

the last time I'm desagree whit someone was when I did an university's work whit a friend. Was difficult to agree.

Submitted by maximumjeff on Sat, 26/06/2021 - 08:12

The disagreement that I had with my friend was about which movies to watch. She wanted to see love movie and I wanted action film. We finally chose to watch a humorous one.

Submitted by GiulianaAndy on Thu, 17/06/2021 - 20:19

The last time I disagreed with someone was before the pandemic, in 2019, I was talking to my comrade, and then we disagreed our ideas about a project, and I rejected him. It was an awful situation, but finally the problem was solved

Submitted by Pann Nilar Htun on Wed, 16/06/2021 - 08:58

I am flexible and negotiable one. I don't think I am always right. when I disagree with someone, I pointed out her what are the reasons. On the same time, we tried to find out the best solutions of the problem with win-win method. Many thanks for other collogues' interesting comment.

Submitted by Cima on Fri, 04/06/2021 - 17:25

Yesterday I disagreed with some calls mates on how to make an online campaign and how we target the customers but everyone has a different idea about it, finally we agreed on putting two options together.

Submitted by Sika2803 on Sat, 29/05/2021 - 16:41

Two days ago, I disagreed with my friend about her study. Since she started her part-time job, she has become failing in schoolwork. It’s also the reason of my disagreement. At that time, I gave her some advices to hope she realizes which is more important. But I don’t know how she think after hearing my sincerely spoken, because she seems to wanna earn money more. No matter how we still young, i think we should focus on our studying first.

Submitted by Homam21 on Mon, 24/05/2021 - 11:47

It always happens. There are many suggestions or opinions at work we agree with some of them and disagree with the rest.

Submitted by Paula Bermúdez… on Thu, 08/04/2021 - 20:12

The last time I disagreed with someone was my sister, but now we agree! Our problem was that last night we decided we were going to go jog. So, she said that the best time to go out was at night, but she did not convince me of her idea, because I agree that it is better to jog in the afternoons. To sum up, we select the night for the run.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Submitted by Ari on Tue, 02/03/2021 - 20:14

Last time I disagreed with my sister's choice of the movie we wanted to watch. This happens all the time, because we love different genres, but sometimes we really want to watch something together. So we argue for a long time before finding the best movie.

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Mon, 01/03/2021 - 23:23

The last time I disagreed with my friend it was about the latest technology, it makes people so lazy.

Submitted by Saad786 on Sat, 27/02/2021 - 10:41

I disagreed with my friend last time when we were planning our fun fair trip. He wanted to take bat and bowl with him to play cricket at fun fair. I could not agree with him as I wanted to play video games there. Consequently our plan failed. Afterwards, we agreed to take football at fun fair because there was big lush-green outfields.

Submitted by Adrian49 on Thu, 25/02/2021 - 20:34

Hi everyone! First of all, I don't know why this website shows that I'm located in Germany. However, last time I disagreed with my colleague. We have anything in common and we often argue.

Hello Adrian49,

I'm sorry about the mix-up regarding your location. If you choose the Edit tab when you log in, you can modify your account. Choose the 'Account information' tab and then at the bottom of the screen you should see a list of options for your country.

Hope this helps.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Torrent on Tue, 16/02/2021 - 23:54

Sometimes people desagree to each other mainly when they are working together.

Submitted by Carlos Rodriguez on Sat, 13/02/2021 - 18:29

A few days I was discussing with an friend about this sentece she wrote "I going to ask a review when I will arrive to my home" the contest was a English home work for practice, ... then I corrected her and I said: I think, I disagree. Don't get wrong, but I don't think that phases fit the sentence. Finally I sent to her this correct structure " I'm going to review it, when I will arrive at home"... but She stay in disagreeing with me finally.

Hello Operations Learnings English,

I'm afraid neither sentence is correct! We would not use 'will' here in the if-clause, or 'at' with 'arrive'. You could say any of these:

I'm going to review it, when I arrive home.

I'm going to review it, when I get home.

I'm going to review it, when I am at home.

Also, if you say I'm going to review it then the speaker is doing the review themselves. If someone else is doing the review for you, then you need to say I'm going to ask for a review or I'm going to get someone to review it.



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Submitted by Taniasuarezarvizu on Sat, 13/02/2021 - 05:21

The last time i disagreed with someone it was with one of my best friends. The situation was that we were thinking what to cook at night. She wanted cook fried chicken and me pasta. In the end we decided cook pasta with pieces of chicken.

Submitted by Eman.F.R. on Sat, 06/02/2021 - 05:49

The last time I disagreed with someone was yesterday with my brother. We were talking about travelling abroad.I think we should set a goal and then we have to make a plan for achieving it within a definite time frame. He disagreed with me and said " I see what you mean, but it looks a bit easy ". I said "Don't get me wrong , I know it is not so sofisticated , but i think you should be a bit organized ! " .
Don't get me wrong but I also disagree with you. I think one should not plan so much and make set of goals before travels, as it kills the adventure part. But you have a point here that one must be a bit organised and I agree with that.

Submitted by macla on Thu, 28/01/2021 - 01:28

The last time I've disagreeing with someone was with my ex boss because I was not convinced about the way she was talking to us, so, I decided to talk to her in order to clarify this situations and express what I was feeling and well, I felt good.
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Submitted by Asolwis220 on Tue, 26/01/2021 - 09:39

The last time that I´ve disagreeing with someone, was with my cousin for she don´t like to eat vegetables and healthy food and for her was very important in this moment eat good, because she was a little ill and she needed to eat brocoli and salads, however in the end she thanked me for being so insistent because, she improved a lot.

Submitted by Htet Su Naing on Fri, 22/01/2021 - 18:34

I disagreed with my boyfriend yesterday. We talked about Korea drama and argued why we are not much romantic like in the drama. He told me that the real world has not background music and slow motion. I'm not sure for his answer. Do you agree or disagree?

Submitted by Fernanda Dominguez on Thu, 21/01/2021 - 02:46

The last time I disagree with someone was yesterday, my sister and I were trying to make a familiar recipe and remembered different ingredients. At the end it worked.

Submitted by German on Wed, 20/01/2021 - 02:16

The last time I disagreed with someone was today because mi wife and I discused about a topic