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 Lizzie_97 on Tue, 07/11/2023 - 18:31

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The last time I disagreed with someone was last week, on Tuesday. When my team and I discussed the design for our project, They may have got me wrong and were not convinced by the designer's initial idea. So we decided to book a meeting with the designer to propose solutions for our confusion. Ultimately, we agreed to accept the designer's suggested solutions today.

Submitted by Ammosova on Wed, 25/10/2023 - 07:46

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Last time, I often discuss relocation with my friend, but he is disagreeing, he told me that it is very difficult for us. Yes, definitely, but I'm not convinced, if we try harder, we will move to another country.

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Submitted by Karinice83 on Tue, 17/10/2023 - 21:41

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I desagree with the 48 working hours per week in my country, it should be 40 working hours instead. I think this change will improve a balance between job and family.

Wow! 48 hours a week...this is very damaging to mental health and over time the person loses efficiency at work.

Submitted by karimsamii on Thu, 05/10/2023 - 12:31

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Don't get me wrong but, i think the term of feminist is wrong,the god made and create evry gender for his job.

Submitted by Soberano on Tue, 03/10/2023 - 11:27

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Don't get me wrong, but I don't think it fits ou match.

Submitted by kadir_00 on Sat, 30/09/2023 - 19:43

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I agree that mekka is the most beautiful city.

Submitted by Reginaldo on Thu, 28/09/2023 - 01:47

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"I disagree with the idea that the Earth is flat; I'm not convinced.

Submitted by Soufiane on Sun, 24/09/2023 - 11:44

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i disagreed whith with people who always blame others and refuse to take responsibility.