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 Muhammad_Bilal on Fri, 05/04/2024 - 06:20

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The last time I disagreed with my colleague's idea for selecting a venue for dinner, I suggested visiting a countryside restaurant while he insisted on staying within the main city area.

Submitted by JFrantzJ on Thu, 21/03/2024 - 04:12

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Several times I disagree with someone around me. It's normally to have a point view different of other people. Because you are not knowledge about a topic, your faith, your philosophy, your thought about a topic isn't same. The importance is to respect each other when you exchange about subject that you disagree.

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Submitted by Grazia Paola Cannavo on Mon, 18/03/2024 - 14:02

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I generally agree with optimistic people who think that it is always possible to find a solution, I don't agree with those people who get stuck when they have a difficulty and think that nothing can be done.

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Submitted by Leandro Azañedo on Tue, 12/03/2024 - 20:59

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Hello,i disagree with my friends to go at hte park in the weekend, i agree with this course because is complete and dynamic .

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