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Discussing advantages and disadvantages

In this video, Noelia and Yuna talk about how to encourage creativity in the office. Listen to the language they use to discuss advantages and disadvantages 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.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I have my best ideas at night when I am almost sleeping; it's like I sleep on things before I feel asleep.


Hello. Is there any difference between saying '...But having fun helps you be creative' instead '...But having fun helps you to be creative' I would say the second if i was the person speaking. Would it make my language incorrect ?

Hello guitardude,

Both forms are correct. You can say 'having fun helps you be creative' and also 'having fun helps you to be creative' and they mean the same thing.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team


I have my best ideas when I´m reading and I'm relaxing maybe drinking a coffee or a beer.

I have my best ideas when I am lying in my bed or walking in the park. It helps a lot to relax and start brainstorming. Also, when I watch some movies, I come up with ideas and I can write something.

My best ideas come when I am traveling, and I love it!

I like to think about what to do during long walking around my district or in the park. I like to walk alone listening to music and make decisions. I need to find some quiet place to not be disturbed while I'm thinking.
Another good time for thinking is when I wash the dishes. I don't know why but I like to wash plates, cups and pans (well, pans less). I turn on my player, washing-up and thinking at the same time. Maybe the noise of the water or monotony of the washing-up helps to my brainstorming.
Anyway, I obviously, can make a decision in different circumstances but I, deffinetely, preffer do it in silence ))

last year when i deside i go to travel was bet decision because it was a good journey.