An online discussion forum

An online discussion forum

Learn how to write posts on an online forum.

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.


Reading text


Can you believe it? Someone in another group asked me to write some pages of their website in English and French. But they can't pay because 'I'm starting this business with no money.' He said he's a professional photographer and he can do some photos for me instead. Am I wrong to be angry?


Nope! I’d be angry too


I can't help but here's the link to a friend's website. He is a French–English writer and translator


Er … asking people to work for free … not cool!


^^^ This!


Oops! I thought you were looking for someone. Sorry for the misunderstanding smiley


I can't pay my rent with photographs, sorry




True, but professional photos cost a lot of money, especially if you're getting married. Sorry I don't speak French or I would do it cheeky


Here's a link to his photography if anyone wants the job As you can see the website needs some work … wink


@Mylo45 Maybe, but people always ask writers to work for free #PayMe


Yep, if I need photos OK but I prefer to get paid with money


1. Writing in online forums is more like speaking.

2. You don’t have to put full stops (.) at the end of sentences.

3. Use ^^^ to show you’re talking about the post above yours.

4. Use @ and a person’s name to show clearly who you’re replying to.

5. You can use emojis.  cool

6. Stay calm and be polite. Some people get angry in online discussions but try to avoid that.

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Submitted by shelly on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 09:32

I am used to participating in online discussion forum, from others opinion I can learn their viewpoint and express my standpoint. Besides it is a good opportunity for me to improve my writing skill and change my thought about some stuff. Our living circumstance is changing everyday, we need to open our mind to learn more from other people, other culture, even their advanced technology

Submitted by aml96 on Sun, 09/08/2020 - 16:37

i sometimes participate in the forums in the issue like education self development business and some interesting issues i presenting my thoughts politely also i believe the main value of this conversation to know the opinions of others not for wine in the discussion i found some people attack anyone have different thoughts also speak impolitely i try to avoid those guys and end the discussion with them

Submitted by Phan Bao Dung on Thu, 06/08/2020 - 10:51

I only join in the discussion forums that I'm really interested in the post's topics like topical issues about national politics, education, economics, health, traffic, or lifestyle. I like to read positive, polite, funny comments of forum participants. Sometimes, If I disagreed with somebody's comment, I would have polite feedback to express my opinions.

Submitted by Suellen Esteves on Thu, 23/07/2020 - 20:42

I rarely participate in the discussion forums because people are generally very intolerant and I don't like it. All owners of the truth
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Submitted by Hennadii on Mon, 20/07/2020 - 12:47

Telling the truth I join many discussion forums. Why? Because I like to discuss something with other people. Like to share my opinion and read about what other people think (not all, of course, but well ...)) I'm taking part in our most popular Formula-1 community, write posts, comments, jokes, or memes. I also a member of a few football fan groups on Facebook. I'm ashamed to say it but as my favorite club is playing awful recently I can't stay calm and polite in my comments ... sorry )) I'm also a bookworm, if you know what I mean. So I often read and write about books in some thematic Facebook groups. And I love it

Submitted by jhn__26 on Wed, 15/07/2020 - 09:47

I have participated in many discussion forums. For example, in high school and university classes, I talked with my classmates and sometimes professors. This is something that happens on a daily basis, but the unusual and impressive conversation is a group discussion held during high school and university entrance exams. It's not an interview.This was an exam to see how much cooperation and leadership I had .I think that the group discussion is also a place where I can present my thoughts and listen to other people's opinions, incorporate them and broaden my horizons. I think it would be better to gather opinions from various people. I think this will be necessary not only within the university but also in the future for group discussions. Coronavirus has now led to online classes and avoided face-to-face classes. In online classes, I could talk through video calls, but I thought I could talk more about what I wanted to talk about if I met him in person. So, I want to come to a conclusion and have a group discussion in person.

Submitted by Yusei Takechi on Wed, 15/07/2020 - 07:15

Yes. I have participated in discussion forums several times in the past. The reason why I have participated is that I had the opportunity to hold such group discussions in university classes. For example, We can think of a new pizza product as a group, or we can think about English question as a group in an English class. However, recently, the number of opportunities to participate in such discussion forums has decreased. The reason why this is that around March of this year, the coronavirus became prevalent in the world, and we have become an online lesson at home instead of going to school to prevent infections. Since online lessons are not face to face lessons, it is very difficult to hold discussion forums, and it is only possible to take lessons. However, recently,I had a chance to participate in the discussion forum. As one of the activities of a student support group, my friends introduced that university students all over Japan have the opportunity to zoom in and discuss life at school and various issues in Japan today. It seems that it will be held next time, so I would definitely like to participate.

Submitted by Takaya on Wed, 15/07/2020 - 01:31

Yes, I recently had some opportunities to participate in online discussion forums. I have never participated in an online discussion forum until now, but this year I am using an online discussion forum in my lessons because it became an online lesson due to the spread of the coronavirus. When I tried using this, I found it very convenient to be able to comment freely at my own timing. However, what can be done at one's own timing makes it difficult for some people to participate in the comment, so the development of the discussion is difficult. In addition, it is difficult to develop the discussion because it is a conversation with characters. I often participate in online discussion forums because the good points of text conversations are comments, so I think that it is suitable for discussions with a large number of people because I do not miss the conversation. Also, in the case of text conversation, translating is easier than conversation, so I think that it is suitable not only for people in the same country but also for people in other countries. I thought that it would be good if more schools and companies increased the use of online discussion forums.

Submitted by Nanami Tsuchiya on Mon, 13/07/2020 - 18:05

Yes I do. Recently, I have an opportunity that join online discussion forums. There are two reasons. First, we have to take classes at home due to the spread of corona virus, so I often use online discussion forums in the class. Second, we are now living in the internet society with the development of social media. As a result, online discussion forums are becoming on a regular basis of us. I think that online discussion forums are very convenient and easy means that I discuss in the class or not. Therefore, I often join online discussion forums.