Challenging someone's ideas

In this video, Vanya tells Paul and Emir about her latest idea. Listen to the language they use for challenging someone's ideas 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.


Ana: Hi! I'm Ana. Welcome to What to Say

Do you know what to say when you want to challenge someone's ideas? Listen out for useful language for challenging someone's ideas. Then, we'll practise saying the new phrases – after this.


Vanya: Guys! I've got it! I've figured it out!

Emir: Figured what out?

Paul: That it's polite to knock on the door before coming in? 

Vanya: This idea is just too good, Paul! It's too good!

Paul: Go on, then.

Vanya: So! Cats!

Emir: I'm a bit lost. What are you talking about?

Vanya: Videos. Cat videos! For our social media account. Hundreds of them. Everyone loves cats! 

Paul: I hate cats.

Vanya: Everyone except you, Paul.

Paul: Have you considered the fact that we're a branding agency, not a pet shop?

Vanya: I take your point, Paul, but, come on, be imaginative! Cat videos are some of the most searched videos on the internet.

Emir: I see where you're coming from, Vanya, but I think I agree with Paul here. How is this relevant for a branding agency?

Vanya: Look. Social media, it's a numbers game. If we share dozens of cat videos each day, then we get more followers. 

Emir: That's true. So how exactly do you see this working? I mean, who's going to find all these videos?

Vanya: Erm, OK, I'm very aware of the challenges here, but I'm convinced this is going to work.

Paul: I'm not so sure.

Emir: Well, I guess you have to look at it from both sides. Why don't we try it for a couple of weeks and see if there's any impact?

Vanya: Great! We are going to get so many more followers. I'm absolutely positive! 

Paul: Good luck with that! I hope it doesn't turn out to be a cat-astrophe ... What? ... It's a good joke.


Ana: Hello again! Well, I thought that was a good joke! So, did you notice the useful phrases used for challenging someone's ideas? Listen to me and then repeat. 


I'm a bit lost. What are you talking about?

Have you considered the fact that we're a branding agency, not a pet shop?

I take your point, but be imaginative. 

I see where you're coming from.

I think I agree with Paul here.

How exactly do you see this working?

I'm very aware of the challenges here, but I'm convinced this will work. 

You have to look at it from both sides.


Ana: Try and use some of these phrases the next time you want to challenge someone's ideas in English. Bye for now! 


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Submitted by Hermesalfredo14 on Fri, 02/12/2022 - 23:42


No, i am not working, i am studying at University, but in my classroom i like to show my ideas and i always try to share my opinions, i don´t think i have tried an inusual idea but i will consider to do it!

Submitted by alucie on Thu, 03/11/2022 - 11:05


No, I have not tried any unusual ideas at work, I followed the instructions and the way my manager wanted the work to be done, and I did it perfectly.

Submitted by NatiAntia on Mon, 29/08/2022 - 15:56


Yes, I always have crazy ideas at work, but they don't usually affect anyone, jus tme and my work hahah

Submitted by Brian O'Donnell on Mon, 22/08/2022 - 14:53


I think brainstorm is a really efficient method of finding an essential solution. In puts are crucial. Imaginative co-workers can offer a riveting plan on how to hone results.

Submitted by Nandar Su Hlaing on Mon, 15/08/2022 - 08:20


No, Normally I haven't tried any unusual idea at work but I always try to use explore new idea and new challenges. That is quite interesting for me and I love that result being use new idea.

Submitted by meknini on Sat, 16/07/2022 - 08:51


Not really as we usually recycle the old ideas and most wouldn't want to try anything new anyway as they might not work out and some might not be too happy of the consequences so we chose to play safe and repeat what we did before since they're already proven successful. So, why take the risk?

Submitted by alexiamontes2004 on Fri, 01/07/2022 - 00:52


If on one occasion I showed them an idea of ​​a project where I told them that I wanted to implement a race to be able to raise money for a campaign for underprivileged children in Sinaloa and they liked it, that made me realize that I should show my ideas.

Submitted by sinara_sandri on Wed, 01/06/2022 - 23:42


Do the expressions "figure it out" and "get it" mean the same ?

Hello sinara_sandri,

Not quite. Both are connected with understanding something but there is a difference.

When you get something it means you understand it. It may be through your own thought processes or it may be because someone explained it to you.

When you figure something out (or work something out, which has the same meaning) you reach understanding through your own mental effort. We sometimes emphasise this by adding 'by myself' to the phrase: It's OK, there's no need to explain it. I've figured it out by myself.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Peter,
What would you say if "I get It" was through personal effort. Like saying "Yes, I get it" after one figured it out".