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Discussing advantages and disadvantages

In this video, Noelia and Yuna talk about how to encourage creativity in the office. Listen to the language they use to discuss advantages and disadvantages 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


I'm just wondering why people say pros and cons instead of advantages and disadvantages. ;)

Hello Rafaela1,

'pro' is a common prefix (from Latin, which provided a lot of vocabulary for English over the centuries) that means 'in favour of'. 'con' is another common prefix, but in this case, as far as I know, it's an abbreviated form of 'contra', which is basically the opposite of 'pro'. So 'pro' means 'advantages' and 'cons' means 'disadvantages'.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Kirk, you're such an intellectual person! ;)

Usually, I have my best ideas when I lie down, close my eyes and relax or just before sleep, sometimes even in the middle of the night. One day, I was working on an Android application, that was part of a project at university and at a certain point, I felt like my mind was stuck and I couldn't move forward. While I was sleeping, I began to dream about the code and the issues I had with it, I suddenly woke up at about 2 or 3 a.m., and it was unbelievable how I got a clue to work them out at that time and was finally able to advance the project.

I guess this lesson should be under upper intermediate level. sorry if I am wrong.

I think this lesson less than the upper intermediate level.