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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.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


It hard to use unusual ideas when you are working in the construction)) Most of my work connected with engineering and building so I have always to trace the building norms so I haven't many opportunities to use my imagination and creativity. Of course, there are always some challenging tasks where you need to think irregularly and have a risk but it isn't a common situation.

Brainstorm is one of good things for co-workers at office becuse help them find new ideas and solutions. Sometimes we did like these guys and discussed about ideas.

yes, I've tried to implement new ideas that didn't work out at the moment but were considered enthusiastically later on

Yes I have. I tried introducing some ideas via proposals and they are being considered

yes, I have had a proposal to make a short video from each person of the departments to present them at the Christmas party office. My boss took the point and tried to figure out how exactly it would work, but she was convinced it was a good idea at last.

yes, i propose a new idea but don't imply.


Yes, I challenges my leader idea sometime.

Yes, with my class, we did the secret santa-clauss. For Christmas, we drew a paper where someone's name was written on it, and we had to give him a gift. So, everyobdy had to give a gift and everybody will receive one.

yes, I tried this before in our proposal to the manager and his team.