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 Annoelys on Tue, 27/02/2024 - 01:21

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Always i desagree with the goverments, actually, all goverments around the world, because their bad politics actions, and i desagree too with all world organizations, because they exist for help the populations and simply they don´t do anything. Some times i agree and desagree with people that is close to me, when we are having a conversation about any matter.

Submitted by ired on Mon, 12/02/2024 - 11:41

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The last time I couldn't agree with someone was the time my friends and me were trying the finish our project until the deadline.

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Submitted by Armelle on Mon, 05/02/2024 - 13:28

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i agree this course. this is great

Submitted by DzhusAngela on Thu, 01/02/2024 - 12:52

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Usually I disagree with my mother,because she think that I do something,but I never do this and Im angry for her because she just scream for me.

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Submitted by sheikou on Tue, 02/01/2024 - 02:48

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be disagreeable that id normal for me

Submitted by rodshi on Thu, 21/12/2023 - 05:06

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This lesson is perfect for B1 level.As a B1 leveler ,, i found it super helpful..

Submitted by doha_gasim on Thu, 14/12/2023 - 01:21

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The last time I disagreed with someone was today . When me and my family discussed how to reduce the food waste by freeze extras which can reduce the need for buying them when they are out of season and come from far away , maybe they've got a point there. But as I only like fresh vegetables I'm not convinced by that idea.

Submitted by Nadi_88 on Mon, 04/12/2023 - 21:06

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The last time I disagreed with my husband about decorating or home.

Submitted by talip on Sun, 03/12/2023 - 05:56

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yesterday ı'm so sad bacause ı have a final project with my friends but my firends didn't come with me and He told me I was selfish, I don't agree with him now. but we should make this project a joint one

Submitted by Toan3002 on Tue, 28/11/2023 - 00:59

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The last time I didn't agree with my friend was when we were debating about homework.