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Persuading someone to do something

In this video, Noelia tries to convince Paul to DJ at the office party. Listen to the language Noelia uses for persuading Paul to do something and practise saying the useful phrases.

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Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I am not very able to persuade someone to do something, I don’t use to ask someone a favour, I’m ever available to help friends or colleagues.

I think I am, it all depends on the other person, if you know him or if that person knows you a lot like your sibling or couple could be harder but a colleage or sometimes a stranger or when you're trying to sell something that you really believe at, could be easier.

Well, In my point of view I'm not as good as i'd want. It means I normally try to show advantages and drawbacks about certain situation, therefore children and
teenagers understand it, as opposed to adults, even if my speach it's compelling they have their own poin of view. However, I'm learning that ability.

I don’t know,I never thought about that but when I normally want something to be done I always find a way.

I think that I’m good in doing that. Normally I use arguments that I consider being correct in order to convince people doing something that I think they should do. However, if the person with whom I’m speaking doesn’t want to do what I suggested him to do, even after explaining why, for me, it would be better than doing in other way, I don’t insist because I don’t like being too heavy. I think that doing so the other person can stiffen himself and definitely not doing what I said, even if I don’t think that this assumption fits for everyone, it depends from the person with whom you are talking to.

Sometimes I'm good at persuading one of my relatives to do things which as is only right, but that doesn't happen frequently. After all it's hard to make someone change the opinion about something.

Help stepsis, get stuck in the washing machine.

Once I tried to persuade my friend to do a course with me..

Usually, I'm a quite persuasive woman but when I have to convince my husband to do something, I often fail; he is a tough cookie and I end up losing my temper before finishing the conversation. Even when he is persuaded to do what I ask, he pretends he is not, just to upset me, he finds that funny and then he says 'OK' with a very low voice I can hardly hear.

Well, depends what you're really trying to convince him for. I am sure that there are things he would just jump upon and you won't need to persuade him. Lols