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 Klays4444 on Mon, 03/04/2023 - 18:38

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Yesterday, I disagreed with my wife. She wanted to buy new dishes. But we bought new dishes five mounts ago.So i told her:"Don't get me wrong, but we have nice set of dishes".

Submitted by Awa9102000 on Sun, 02/04/2023 - 03:04

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Two days ago, I argued with my mother about a very idle thing. We invited someone at home and she wanted me to prepare five litters of juice. That was too much, I replied to her . Then she was sure I was rude just because I had expressed my opinion about a task she had taken me on.

Submitted by svitlanka18 on Thu, 30/03/2023 - 03:54

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Several hours ago I disagreed with somebody in social media. We discussed some rules and laws. To my mind everybody should respect the law and follow it. My opponent's point was that the rules can be violated in specific cases.

Submitted by Hun Win Thu on Wed, 29/03/2023 - 20:12

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Most of the time, my sister gets me wrong with her conservative ideas. I think we have nothing in common in every situation.

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Submitted by AbhilashSwain on Wed, 29/03/2023 - 09:45

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Yesterday, I disagreed with my boss. He was giving an instruction which was not feasible . Later after having a long discussion and Brain storming session, we both agreed on final draft. I need to work on it today and submit for his review. Hope , he will agree on my proposals and allow me to build the application.

Submitted by manolex.123 on Mon, 27/03/2023 - 02:33

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Vey useful activitie to learn new vocabulary, good explanations in the video, and nice exercises.

Submitted by bjulia763 on Wed, 22/03/2023 - 00:07

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The last time I disagreed with someone was two days ago when I didn't agreed with my sister's choice of movie.

Submitted by Ibrahimyousef on Sun, 12/03/2023 - 15:43

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The last time , I disagreed with my friend went to cafe and restaurant because I don't like to fast food it is unhealthy fourthermore, I disagreed a his friend is very lough in anywhere.

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Submitted by Estefanilore on Wed, 08/03/2023 - 02:38

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I disagreed with my husband all the time hehehe, the last one was in the morning because he didn't want to clean his office, and it is a big disaster that I don't want to see it.

Submitted by Mohammad AlMogdad on Mon, 06/03/2023 - 21:22

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Always I disagree with my friend in many subjects ,sometimes he can convinced me on his opinion ,sometimes I disagree.