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 marriita on Thu, 03/08/2023 - 21:59

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I disagree with my daughter on her menu as I want her to eat more vegetables when she prefer sweets. Sometimes I am able to convince her.

Submitted by Boscaini on Mon, 31/07/2023 - 14:31

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I disagreed with my daughter when she wanted to buy the last skirt. She already have too many

Submitted by cocoping0118 on Wed, 19/07/2023 - 06:03

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I disagree with my boyfriend brought a new bed to dog because dog chewed up a lot of beds.

Submitted by huongnt_bkpmst on Sun, 16/07/2023 - 15:47

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The last time i disagreed with my boss about a project. I was not convinced by his proof of concept that he gave our team.

Submitted by LourLour on Mon, 10/07/2023 - 12:37

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I was disagree last weekend with my familiy about which movie to watch in the cinema

Submitted by _hannah_ on Sat, 08/07/2023 - 15:21

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hello, the last time i disagree with my sister about our holiday destination so she wants to go to Paris but me i hate this country.

Submitted by tasneemesmat037 on Wed, 05/07/2023 - 09:13

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I think that the last time I disagree with my brother in the traveling for the exam. He saw that it's not important to travel to doing my exam but I say that this exam it's very important for get a scholarship and studying in the University that I hope Studying in it.

Submitted by Esme_ on Fri, 30/06/2023 - 01:35

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Last time I disagreed with someone was three weeks ago, but I didn't want to say something, he likes arguing sometimes.

Submitted by milenaps86 on Sun, 25/06/2023 - 00:23

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I disagree with my husband on many points every day, but fortunately, in the end we agree. In the beginning it's stressful, but in the end it's funny.