Making suggestions

In this video, Noelia and Yuna have a very good meeting. Listen to the language they use for making suggestions 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 make suggestions? Listen out for useful language for making suggestions. Then, we'll practise saying the new phrases – after this!

 

Yuna: OK, this time let's focus. Phones off.

Noelia: Yes, and in my bag! 

Yuna: Ready?

Noelia: I'm ready.

Yuna: We have half an hour.

Noelia: OK, let's go!

Yuna: How about starting with social media?

Noelia: Sure. Engagement is up 15 per cent this month.

Yuna: Good. So let's go for 20 per cent for next month.

Noelia: Yeah, sure. I'll tell the team. We'll need some extra help to make it work.

Yuna: Agreed. Good idea.

Yuna: Why don't you ask Vanya to help you create a new social media plan?

Noelia: OK, no problem. Shall we present it at the next team meeting together?

Yuna: Good plan. Can you let Paul see it first? 

Noelia: Sure, I'll do that.

Yuna: Anything else? 

Noelia: No, that's it. 

Yuna: And that's half an hour! We did it! 

Noelia: We're really good at this! 

 

Ana: Hello again! Wow, that was a good meeting! So, did you notice the useful phrases used for making suggestions? Listen to me and then repeat. 

 

Let's focus.

How about starting with social media?

Yeah, sure.

We'll need some extra help.

Agreed. Good idea.

Why don't you ask Vanya?

OK, no problem.

Shall we present it at the meeting?

Good plan.

 

Ana: Try and use some of these phrases the next time you make suggestions in English. Bye for now!

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I never switch off my mobile phone to help me focus, but I often put it on silent mode.
Depends on the situation but usually I use silent mode during work time even though 100 % WAH under the COVID-19 situation.
I never swift off my phone to help me focus.But I always use silent mode when I'm in the meeting.
How do we identify the different of pronunciation between "presented" and "present it"? Could you explain it? Thanks

Hello falacool,

These are quite similar, but generally the grammar of the sentence will prevent any ambiguity. However, there is a difference:

> presented ends with the sound /ɪd/

> present it ends with the sound /ɪt/

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Yes, I do. I often switch off or turn on "don't disturb" mode to help me focus on what I must to do at that time.

There are applications that motivate. For example, while you are studying, you can grow a tree or fill the ocean with water. This motivates not to touch the phone.
Have a great day

I saw the video and found phrase that is confusing me. Agree even agreed could use both at same situation. May you explain it ?

Hello Karan Narang,

You can use 'agreed' as a way of saying yes. It means the same as 'I agree'.

Paul:  This is the best plan, I think.

John:  Agreed.

Sue:  Yes, I agree.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Yes, of course. We need to switch the phone off or silence mode when we are in the meeting. If not phone ring makes annoying other people.
No, I never switch off my phone when I work but I always use silent mode to not disturb me and the other people who are working.
No, I don't switch off my phone, because i use my phone for help me when i find word that i'm not understand.
No. Rarely I my phone off when I focus to my work. Mostly I use silence mode when I focus to my work. Because I got in the habit to use silence mode.

Hello sheebix,

I'm not sure why the video isn't playing for you! I've checked the page and it is functioning correctly, so the issue must be a local one. This may be a question of compatibility, so first try using a different device to see if you can access the material that way. Sometimes certain devices do not play certain content, especially mobile devices.

If that does not solve the problem then you might check your settings, especially security settings. You may have a firewall blocking certain content, for example.

Good luck!

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

we can turn off our cellphones for less than 30 minutes but for longer we can't
Yes , I usually do my phone in silence mode in Office Meeting and Class ! I never switch off my phone. It is not fine if switch off for me !
Yes, i have started switch off the phone to starting get more focus to do my lessons
Yeah.At the Moment i phones off to focus to learn english with this site.Because i use the computer when i do task
It's really difficult to keep the phone off during a meeting but in order not to lose focus we must do it. I found this lesson very diverting because I didn't know that "Let's...", "Why don't you ask..." and "How about..." were forms of making suggestions. I thought only modal verbs as should, would, could, can and so on were eligible for that. Thanks!
No t really, if I need to focus in my work I usually use the silence mode on my cellular phone.
Well, I rarely switch off my mobile phone because I'm afraid there are urgent things coming.
No, I'm not switch off my phone. Actually, I switch my phone in a mute mode. Then, it's does not bother anyone.
I never switch my mobile phone off, I just press the mute button. So it doesn't interrupt my meeting or disturb somebody.

Hello Thet Llwin Aung,

I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble with the video.

I've checked the page and it appears to be working correctly. The problem is likely to be a local issue, therefore. This may be a compatibility issue, so you could try accessing the page using a different device, especially using a device which is not a mobile device (a laptop or desktop computer, for example). You might also check any security software you have installed to ensure that it is not blocking the page.

A second possibility is that local regulations block the content. Different countries have different regulations regarding internet content, so this is something you might also check.

 

I hope you find a solution. If not, remember that there are many pages on LearnEnglish with non-video material (audio, text and interactive activities), and the video pages have transcripts which you can read even if you cannot watch the video.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sometimes if I do, it's not always possible to turn off my phone, to be more focused
No. To focus my work, I think switching phon off is not necessary rather it has some negative effect. Such as, it's may be someone can't connect with you and you also miss him or her. So, it is better to keep my phone in 'don't disturb mode', when I need to focus my job. I do it.
Yeah, I always switch off my phone when I was teaching in the classroom. If so, I can focus the lessons for my students.
Partly yes, but mostly no. In case of emergency, I usually turn silent mode on and put away from work instead of switching off. This helps me concentrate on a lot.
No I don't but I am considering this idea . I guess it's good idea becuz the phone is really a distraction especially with the social media . Sometime you're using your phone to study , it's better to silent the notifications . Additionally, there are many mobile apps that help you stay focus , you can check them :)
When I study my phone is always in do not disturb mode, If I don't listen any notification nothing is happening.