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

Katie20

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?

Asher87

Nope! I’d be angry too

JayCee99

I can't help but here's the link to a friend's website. He is a French–English writer and translator www.franco-anglo-translations.com/About

Carla62

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

Asher87

^^^ This!

JayCee99

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

Carla62

I can't pay my rent with photographs, sorry

Katie20

Exactly!

Mylo45

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

Katie20

Here's a link to his photography if anyone wants the job www.billsphoto.com/portfolio As you can see the website needs some work … wink

Carla62

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

Katie20

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

Tips

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 Suraj paliwal on Tue, 02/11/2021 - 18:24

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No, I have not join in any online forum because we have not much time to think about other people. Instead I like to go to temple for feed the hunger people. And do financial help to poor people.

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Tue, 19/10/2021 - 13:17

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i am not often join in many discussion forums because i do not have many time for that

Submitted by Rafaela1 on Wed, 30/06/2021 - 15:26

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Is an online discussion casual? ;)

Submitted by Thinthinmyoe on Wed, 30/06/2021 - 09:23

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Yep.I often join in online discussion forums.

Submitted by Andrea Valencia on Fri, 14/05/2021 - 22:58

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I don't join many discussion forums because people are unkind, rude and show low level of research about the topic they are discussing.

Submitted by Ehsan on Wed, 28/04/2021 - 07:02

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no. because I think it is waste of time.

Submitted by Camila Abreu on Mon, 12/04/2021 - 14:41

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I am not interested in discussions in online foruns. When that happens, I tend to be polite and express my ideas politely.

Submitted by MikhailZatopliaev on Mon, 12/04/2021 - 00:06

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Err.. Sometime. I think It is actually for me now, when I learning English. I can practice my spelling for free) What do you think about it?

Submitted by ANOUAR on Wed, 03/03/2021 - 13:25

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NOOOO! because I don't have time for this kind of discussions.

Submitted by In on Wed, 24/02/2021 - 23:05

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No, I don`t. I don`t have time for that.

Submitted by Rafaela1 on Sun, 21/02/2021 - 13:06

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I think I haven't joined discussion forums online seriously yet... ;)

Submitted by Leila77 on Sat, 20/02/2021 - 08:45

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I have a question, please. In task 1, I don't understand why you use 'they' instead of 'he' or 'she'? For example, it said: "What does Katie20 mean when they say 'Exactly'?" Why you don't write "What does Katie20 mean when she says 'Exactly'?"?

Hi Leila77,

Good question! We can use they when we don't know the person's gender. For example:

  • Somebody called me while I was in the meeting. They didn't leave a message.

In modern English usage, some people also use they when the person's gender is known, to avoid invoking any gender stereotypes. 

Best wishes,

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Mai Khin Nway Shein on Fri, 16/04/2021 - 13:57

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Wow I don't know this before. Very useful for me! Thanks

Submitted by Sara Kalafat on Fri, 12/02/2021 - 12:49

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Sure, it helps me to improve my English language if it is in English by speaking with native, also it expands my culture by reading a lot about different subjects

Submitted by Abdulraqeb on Tue, 09/02/2021 - 04:10

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I join many discussion forum especially national politics, economics, and health

Submitted by Minh on Tue, 22/12/2020 - 17:33

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Well, it's really useful for everybody when we write the comment on Facebook or Instagram. It's necessary to write politely words.

Submitted by Moon Wathan on Sat, 17/10/2020 - 06:37

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Yes, I join in many discussion forum because I can learn their opinion and I can know what they think the problem. If I am lucky, I can get help from them. So, I like discussion forum.

Submitted by habibao.medo on Tue, 13/10/2020 - 11:07

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no, not a lot i only join if it suits my interests e.g reading

Submitted by Matt18 on Sun, 27/09/2020 - 14:58

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I like to join forums and make communication with people because it helps me to learn more and make some new friends. it is important to br polite nad respect other's ideas and opinion.

Submitted by shironeiko on Sat, 29/08/2020 - 02:03

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oh I used to take part in the forum like this, but the shape is pretty different, it is more likely to group chat. It's very good if people keep polite while chatting.

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

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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

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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

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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

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I rarely participate in the discussion forums because people are generally very intolerant and I don't like it. All owners of the truth

Submitted by Hennadii on Mon, 20/07/2020 - 12:47

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Submitted by Red Sus on Fri, 10/07/2020 - 03:57

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I think joining Discussion forums is very very interesting. Beside it's a great opportunity you can practice your writing and speak up what you want to say. It's also a place you can listen to varying opinions from everyone, not just in your culture but all the places in the world. I'm a Reddit fan, and I find there are so many fascinating things. Not just for entertainment but also seeing other country's problems such as #blacklivesmatter, or women harassment problem in Egypt, etc. Our generation is becoming more and more globalization. I think we should somewhat understand other countries' cultures and always keep an open mind.

Submitted by Omer_moh on Sat, 04/07/2020 - 21:45

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Discussion Fourms could be beneficial for the person who has a job require him to convince other people, for instance sales representatives it could be a nice training for him nevertheless personally I prefer to conduct decisions face to face it would give me the opportunity to read other people's expressions and body language. Sometimes body language tells you how much people believe in what are they saying.

Submitted by Dastenova Firuza on Sat, 04/07/2020 - 18:31

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Joining forums is really interesting for me. It looks like a real life situtation .v It makes us think, speak and exercises our brain and

Submitted by Ryuji on Wed, 01/07/2020 - 11:27

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Yes.I like large-scale discussions. There are some advantages. First, the fact that there are many people means that there are many opinions. You may come up with a good idea that you cannot think of. In fact, I've had this kind of experience. You can also vote for a large number of people, so you can even distinguish things equally. However, if there is a time limit, the speaking time of each person may be shorter as the number of people increases, and it may be difficult to hear the opinions of all. If you consider it, a small group discussion is recommended. The small group discussion allows you to discuss the details in a one-on-one manner, so you can discuss until you are satisfied with each other. Recently, the number of online discussions has increased, and I was wondering "Is it possible to conduct solid discussions through a computer?" However, I could see the face and hear the voice on the computer, so I was able to discuss safely. All in all, the debate itself is a very valuable meeting where you can learn about different ideas and opinions. So I wanted everyone to have a positive discussion.

Submitted by LOLA Jalilova on Fri, 05/06/2020 - 13:34

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Yep, I often join discussion forums while prticipating in webinars. Like it

Submitted by omanov on Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:10

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I wish you good luck

Submitted by Mekhri Mahksetova on Sun, 31/05/2020 - 05:35

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New type of given task, Good job

Submitted by Mekhri Mahksetova on Sun, 31/05/2020 - 05:29

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That is not joke. I've already done that task 5 times :)))

Submitted by mouna99 on Mon, 25/05/2020 - 15:56

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No, I don't join forums

Submitted by Akbarhuja on Sun, 17/05/2020 - 00:09

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It is a good job. I enjoyed it.

Submitted by Jahon_9225 on Sat, 16/05/2020 - 09:46

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I like joining online discsussion It helps me to imrove my writing skill

Submitted by yuldus83 on Fri, 01/05/2020 - 17:56

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Frankly speaking, I don't join any forums, I prefer reading them than writing, it is interesting for me to see what people think of particular subjects, stereotypes are different, sometimes I agree with several opinions

Submitted by ademyonet on Sun, 19/04/2020 - 08:34

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I join discussion forums, because they are funny and also they give up so informations. At the stuations of discussion we can say our opinions freely. Others can say own opinions freely, too. Finally, everybody can speak freely and explain own opinions. Beauty is this. hurray beauty!

Submitted by NicollGonz13 on Mon, 06/04/2020 - 16:10

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I had an opportunity to speak in English by call for an interview and it went very well, I had a lot of nerves and a few mistakes but it was a great exercise for my learning, thanks for the advice.

Hello NicollGonz13

Fantastic -- good for you! Thanks very much for letting us know and we hope you get the job!

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Lauracastanos on Mon, 06/04/2020 - 13:17

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Forums are not fun for me

Submitted by Austin on Thu, 19/03/2020 - 11:29

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I didn't join any discussion forums because I am an introvert person, I rarely express my opinions, but I think maybe I can try it, it is good to improve English.