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 redragons0 on Wed, 01/06/2022 - 12:49

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When I went to the store yesterday, I disagreed with the employee as she was persuading me to buy a white shoe. However, I wanted to buy a black shoe.

Submitted by Estefanilore on Sun, 29/05/2022 - 10:47

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I disagree with my husband all the time 😃 but it is funny, I love him so much.

Submitted by EMF_12 on Thu, 26/05/2022 - 18:04

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The last time I disagreed with someone was two weeks ago when my mum yelled at me at midnight because she thought I have her phone without her permission and obviously, I knew that I didn't have it. It passed five minutes when I found it in her bedroom. The only good thing from that experience was that she bought me a prize shaped like an apology.

Submitted by Yamen.G on Wed, 25/05/2022 - 13:14

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Very useful, thank you.

Submitted by Maria_Krasovskaya on Tue, 24/05/2022 - 13:21

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Last time I disagreed with my boyfriend. But now I don't even remember why we had an argument)

Submitted by tb.alharbi on Sun, 22/05/2022 - 17:58

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Previously i disagreed with many people but now i just changed how i think and now i do agree with many people

Submitted by samitavaz on Mon, 09/05/2022 - 22:02

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I disagree with someone everyday. Mainly in the work, when people do some activities wihtout references or researches.

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??