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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.

ADid you go to that talk? You know, the one about summer jobs in France.
BActually, yes. I applied yesterday and I’ve got an interview next week! Isn’t that great?
AI 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.
BMaybe, but the university organises everything. It’s pretty easy.
ABut what about living in another country? Or speaking another language? Are you worried about that? I would be really nervous.
BI know what you mean, but they have a residential course in the first week, so we can make friends and improve our French.
AWell, to be honest, I’m not interested in learning French.
BReally? But French is quite popular now.
AI’m just saying, I don’t think French is easy to learn.
BI totally agree, but you liked learning languages?
AYeah, 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

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