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 Leandro18_ on Mon, 27/11/2023 - 17:50

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Haha I´m only a teenager and I remembered a fun situation when my sister was desagreed with me fot the little reason that my parents bought a new computer yesterday but my sister thought that computer was going to be for her but don´t get me grong, my parents bought that computer for my studies, not for playing videogames, I think that my sister felt bad for that because she cried a lot and even she told me " You´re selfish brother " !
Three hours later I entered to her bedroom and I explained her that computer will be for both of us and I´m love her so much because is my little sis, she stoped crying and answered my soft words with " I think you´re right brother " I love you so much too. That was one of the best experiences that I´ve ever lived in whole my life. :)

Submitted by giclemente on Mon, 27/11/2023 - 11:16

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i agree when you said that Coca- Cola is not a health drink

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Submitted by Lingaung on Sun, 26/11/2023 - 22:14

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Amazing , this lesson helps me a lot when I have a conversation with other.

Submitted by Basheer Yousfi on Mon, 20/11/2023 - 19:39

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I agree That (F.A.I.L) = First Attempt In Learning.

Submitted by Nesma Zaitoun on Mon, 20/11/2023 - 12:13

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Yesterday,I disagreed with my son, he wanted to eat crepe and I have already made the dinner so at the end I convinced him to eat with me

Submitted by vampy.111 on Mon, 13/11/2023 - 00:42

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The last time I disagreed with someone was yersterday. I disagreed with my sister because she wanted to eat pizza and I wanted to eat sushi. At the end, we never decided what were we going to eat so we have to cook dinner for ourselves. An interesting night if you ask me, lol

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.