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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


Yes, I try to presuade my flatmate to change the way that she store the vegetable in the fridge for keep it fresh.

yes I did but most of the time, my supervisor didn't agree when I suggest to do some works in another way.
I don't thing that my ideas are always bad.

That joke was just "CATASTROPHIC"

Sure!!! at least once per month!, but it´s seems my boss doesn´t want to take in consideration or implement them!

Yes, I'm tried, but most of time they weren't convinced.

Dear team.
From the lesson above.

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

 the questions:
1. What's that mean 'astrophe' ?? ( The word is not in the dictionary).
2. What's kind of joke ??? I didn't find anything funny in this video.

Thank you very much for your answer.

Hi, In spanish the joke makes sense..
cat = gato
astrophe = sounds similar catastrofe

Hello fahri,

I'd suggest you look up the word 'catastrophe'. Paul is referring to 'cats', which is not really etymologically related to the word 'catastrophe'. Does that make sense?

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Yes it does. Make sense and funny. Thank you sir

no not really