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 giovayo on Thu, 11/05/2023 - 17:58

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I think I disagree with my boss. He wants to to change two slides in my presentation but i'm not sure he's right. I said to him that they are crucial to us, but I think he's not convinced

Submitted by OUSMANE89 on Tue, 09/05/2023 - 19:34

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Yesterday the project director command our project manager to decrease the number of the staff in my department
Really am not convinced by that idea, coz the team of technicians already not enough for daily job requests but
Afternoon I met the the director he asked me if the i had any remarks about the decision I told him "Don't get me wrong, but I don't think the decision is fit with our project environment

Submitted by Aya_Bsrj on Wed, 26/04/2023 - 16:58

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Yesterday, me and my classmate had an group project, and we diagreed about the things that we should cover in our presentation.

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Submitted by Isa.M on Tue, 25/04/2023 - 23:58

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Today, when my friend said that my part of the project isn't right.

Submitted by AmauRC on Tue, 18/04/2023 - 03:06

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Last week. My boss tried to convince me to go to the office even when she knew I wasn't able because of I felt injured at a basketball game.

Submitted by victguevara on Tue, 18/04/2023 - 00:57

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I argued with my wife about expenses and how we needed to put in balance our standard of living with respect to our spending power. In the end, she agreed with my point of view.

Submitted by talhanasir687 on Sun, 09/04/2023 - 21:37

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i disagreed with my brotherlast night.He said that i don,t know how to do speak english. He said that i need to do alot of preparation.But i disagreed with him completely because i know that i know English very much. All i need is little bit confidence

Submitted by fmohammadi24 on Wed, 05/04/2023 - 08:59

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I disagree with one of my friends for everything . In fact she on and on wants to convince me that the things that she believe is correct

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".