Agreeing, Disagreeing and Giving Opinions in English

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Agreeing, Disagreeing and Giving Opinions

In this lesson, you will learn some expressions of agreeing or disagreeing that are commonly used in discussions and debates.

  • What are the two people doing?
  • Do you think they agree or disagree each other?
  • Do you think they are happy with the conversation?
  • How do you expression your opinions in English?

Listen to the conversation below and learn some common phrases.

A Did you go to that talk? You know, the one about summer jobs in France.
B Actually, yes. I applied yesterday and I’ve got an interview next week! Isn’t that great?
A I suppose so, but shouldn’t you think about it first? What I mean is, there are lots of things to find out: application forms, visas, accommodation, qualifications and training.
B Maybe, but the university organises everything. It’s pretty easy.
A But what about living in another country? Or speaking another language? Are you worried about that? I would be really nervous.
B I know what you mean, but they have a residential course in the first week, so we can make friends and improve our French.
A Well, to be honest, I’m not interested in learning French.
B Really? But French is quite popular now.
A I’m just saying, I don’t think French is easy to learn.
B I totally agree, but you liked learning languages?
A Yeah, I did. I just don’t like French. It’s no big deal.

Learn more: Giving advice and suggestions


Language Note:

Using “well…

Using “well…” to introduce an opinion someone may not like. It is more polite.

  • Well, to be honest, I don’t thing he’s a very good actor.
  • Well, I didn’t like the film. I thought it was boring.

Expressing your opinion

How you express your opinion is very important.

  • Firstly, you have to choose the correct words and phrases to not upset and offend other people.
  • Secondly, you have to use the correct intonation when you speak, so you don’t sound rude or angry.

Learn more: Showing interest in a conversation