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 _hannah_ on Sat, 08/07/2023 - 15:21

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hello, the last time i disagree with my sister about our holiday destination so she wants to go to Paris but me i hate this country.

Submitted by tasneemesmat037 on Wed, 05/07/2023 - 09:13

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I think that the last time I disagree with my brother in the traveling for the exam. He saw that it's not important to travel to doing my exam but I say that this exam it's very important for get a scholarship and studying in the University that I hope Studying in it.

Submitted by Esme_ on Fri, 30/06/2023 - 01:35

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Last time I disagreed with someone was three weeks ago, but I didn't want to say something, he likes arguing sometimes.

Submitted by milenaps86 on Sun, 25/06/2023 - 00:23

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I disagree with my husband on many points every day, but fortunately, in the end we agree. In the beginning it's stressful, but in the end it's funny.

Submitted by masuma_320 on Mon, 12/06/2023 - 09:39

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Hello, I disagreed with my colleague about flowers. She wanted to put her flower pots behind me on the white table. I disliked this. Because she doesn't care about them regularly and keeps the room clean.

Submitted by 1025622082 on Tue, 30/05/2023 - 04:00

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Thanks you all For this corse

Submitted by sarah Basuony on Sat, 27/05/2023 - 20:58

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Hello everyone,
The last time i disagree was yasterday with my friend,
She want to eat out? But the weather was so hot , i was disagree with her , but in the end she agreed with me.

Submitted by Andre de Souza… on Sun, 21/05/2023 - 23:50

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Good night people. How are you doing?
The last time I disagreed with someone was yesterday when my brother wanted to go to the disco, but I wasn't convinced idea because I don't like the kind of music they play there.

Submitted by AAREGO on Sat, 20/05/2023 - 18:44

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I agree with my girlfriend almost everything, but there is a thing that I can not tolerate and it is that she puts pineapple on the pizza, I disagree with the teaste because it is disgusting.