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 renatamda on Tue, 09/07/2024 - 18:55

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My husband and I agree with our daughter's trip at the end of the year.

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Submitted by ziedo on Wed, 03/07/2024 - 13:33

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My teacher told me that the earh spin arounds the sun and i think i agree with him

Submitted by Narsea Ti on Thu, 13/06/2024 - 15:36

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Last night, I had a conversation with my senior teacher who has more experiences and knowledge than me. I am not convinced the idea that she mentioned about my personal health. She got me wrong when i explain about my case and i don't think that would be fit the brief. But occasionally, she sees what i mean. 

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Submitted by Thuluu1991VN on Thu, 13/06/2024 - 14:46

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I disagreed with my manager this afternoon about his arrangement. 

Submitted by Asmaa11 on Wed, 05/06/2024 - 06:13

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The last time that I disagreed with someone it was tow days ago with my bother. We were talk about why the man can't cook as the woman, we argued a lot but in the end I defeated him 😂

Submitted by yaseralisadiq on Mon, 03/06/2024 - 21:30

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I am a trader and sometimes I am not convinced with the analysis of my economist. We try to make a consensus on a trading strategy based on various factors, but he has a point which are based on fundamental numbers. I explained to him not to get me wrong as I don't think they fit. I tried to explain him through the sentiments and technical analysis and make a point there. With a deliberate discussion we try to find a mutual ground and get agreed, occasionally.

Submitted by ubaid332 on Thu, 30/05/2024 - 08:41

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When was the last time you disagreed with someone?

When my friend was purchasing an item. I told him to not purchase this item because I used this item before and I had experience with this item which was not working fine with me. So, I advised my friend to look the reviews of people that is not so good but he still insist to purchase that item. When I explained all the details about that item. At last, he agreed with me and did not purchase that item.

Submitted by Rawan97 on Tue, 28/05/2024 - 00:56

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i always disagree with my husband and sometimes i don't think he convined of what i'm saying, but even though, we love each other so much 

Submitted by rodro077 on Thu, 16/05/2024 - 20:39

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The last time I disagree was with my brother while we are talking about the future.

Submitted by Nemontes on Thu, 16/05/2024 - 00:09

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Today I reviewed this activity with Ale, And we play phrasal verb games