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 AFiacco on Sun, 08/05/2022 - 12:11

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The last time I disagreed with someone was yesterday, I was talking to my friend Marco about traffic and cars, I states that building more roads brings more pollution, I saw his point but I disagreed about that. I said that the habits of people make the difference

I'm sorry I didn't get you clearly. what do mean by (I states) in " I states that building more roads brings more pollution, I saw his point but..." and how come you see YOUR FRIEND point ad yet YOU state the POINT??

Submitted by nkvy on Mon, 25/04/2022 - 07:34

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The last time I disagreed with my friend was when he drank beer and he wanted to pick me up home. It make me so scared, then I still went home safely by another friend.

Hi everyone
I disagreed with my husband becouse he dont like the color of the bedrom its to dark , then , he convencing me to keep rigth in this color.,

Submitted by RubiJJ on Tue, 29/03/2022 - 02:35

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Hello everyone!

Last weekend i disagreed with my boyfriend about the place we were having lunch. He wanted a hamburger and i was craving for sushi.
He said it was his turn to pick a place. So we ended up eating, yes, sushi!!

Submitted by Josue Hernandez on Wed, 23/02/2022 - 03:42

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The last time that I was desagree with another people was around along time ago, and was with my father he said me that my favorite club of futbol will not champion that campain, but fortunately my team (Cruz Azul) after 23 years were Champion of the tournament again.

Submitted by Khandaa_14 on Thu, 10/02/2022 - 15:31

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a few moments ago I totally disagreed with my mother. She said to me; you don't rush to get married because you are young and you have to learn so many things about the world and also achieve your dream. Firstly I am convinced of my mother's opinion but I really want to recognize some of the people who like me.

Hello Khandaa,
I disagree with your mother's opinion. Getting married at a young age is not a bad idea, especially when you choose a good person to live with and with who you can share life and responsibilities. Marriage will not stop you to realise your dreams and will not affect your career if you know how to separate common life and work!
However, I think having kids at a young age is not a good idea, we should be mature enough to raise kids, make them happy, and take care of them as much as we can :)

Submitted by nistornicolae96 on Fri, 04/02/2022 - 12:42

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I think I find a little bit difficult to disagree with someone. Not everyone can be polite, understandable and could arguing on some topic. I always need to find the best way to say what I want to say, without being aggressive. And more often I finish giving the right to the other.

Submitted by Efimova on Wed, 02/02/2022 - 17:03

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The last time i was disagreed with someone was four days ago. I was not convinced by my narratives idea to how we should spend the rest of the day. She wanted to go to shopping and then take a short trip to the sea. She had some good arguments and i started to think that she has got a good point there. I said to her that she was definitely right. Finally we were occasionally agree with each other.