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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


Have you ever tried any unusual ideas at work?
Well,I'm not sure if it was unusual, but once i suggested to pay some money as a penalty, because, at my work we used
a two way radio for comunication, and most of the time we didn't answer, therefore, they said "Have you considered the fact that the signal has interference?"and I said yeah, "I take your point, but be imaginative, we can use that money in many ways, specially at parties. Furthermore, "I'm convinced this will help us to be alert".
At the end i had to pay too. And, I guess, we spent the money in alchohol.

I have tried to bring together my colleagues to teach the underprivileged children on weekends. Many were interested but we couldn't take it forward due to covid situation.

Never, but I think that crazy ideas sometimes change things to the best, sometimes we cannot see beyond and people with innovative ideas show us interesting and challenging concepts.

Yes I have. It was not convincing initially because it was different from my usual methods and I didn't think it would work. However, it did eventually and that happened because I was open to something new.

Yes, I have tried an unusual idea at work, when I organized the first fair of guidance counseling in my region: I invited a graphologist for analysing the writing of students in relation to their characteristics; this innovation achieved resounding success. It's a usual right now, but it was a very new arrival a lot of years ago.

I am very open-minded at this point, but I have never tried unusual ideas at work because of companies doesn't ready

But sometimes new ideas could be devastating and end in failure..All new ideas does not lead to success..

In my last job, we used to do a Food Friday, just like the story, some coworkers brought food for their homes and share with the rest of the team, each of us had to brought something different, for have a full menu, this was for breakfast, was fun, but not all the time, sometimes was difficult to coordinate everyone, some people eat more than other y that was not good.

My mother is used to come up with unusual ideas, she is very imaginative, she also likes challenges and adventures. What amazes and impresses me is that she never gives up, when she has an idea, no matter how challenging it is, she thinks about it, discusses it with some trustworthy people and if she arrives at the conclusion that it is worth a try, then she decides on going ahead. When I'm concerned by that idea, I don't hesitate to give it a try, because she is a very wise woman, and I trust her a lot. She's is very experienced either professionnally or socially,

Of course. Trying new ideas keep us active and eager to get more from our live, work and relationships. If not, everything becomes so boring that in a short period of time, we´ll become sad people. If it works, you get a credit. If it fail, you get a new oportunity to learn something new to do it better next. Living that way, is amazing.!