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7. SPEAKING


When you talk within a group, you should try to use some specific vocabulary related with discussions. Try to take notes of the vocabulary you'll hear in this discussion in particular:



I think ... / I believe ...
when you are going to express your opinion


That's true, but ...
when we want to contradict or disagree with what someone else has said
However ...
when we want to contradict or disagree with what someone else has said
Yeah, but ...
when we want to contradict or disagree with what someone else has said


You made a very good point but I'd also like to add ...
when you want to recognise the contribution that someone else has made but you also want to add your own oppinion which is different from what the other person said


Sorry, but ...
to interrupt someone else (not very polite)
May I say something?
to interrupt someone else (polite)


Please let me finish ...
to hold the floor in a discussion (to stablish your position as the speaker)


As I was saying ...
to return to your speaking


Don't get me wrong ...
to accept another point of view but maintaining yours


In conclusion, ...
to end the discussion
In a nutshell, ...
to end the discussion (in short)
Can we sum up by saying ...
to end the discussion




Three conversation expressions:
If you ask me ...
= in my opinion
Speaking of ...
= linking a new topic to an old topic
As I was saying ...
= to go back to an earlier point in conversation




Three other conversation expressions:
That reminds me ...
= a point in conversation that makes you remember something else
If worse comes to worst, ...
(if the worst outcome occurs)
"to ring a bell"
= to remind you of something



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11. SPEAKING


Agreeing and disagreeing:

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AGREEMENT
DISAGREEMENT
I agree with ... because ...
I don't agree with ... because ...
I like what ... said because ...
I'm afraid I don't adree ...

I have a different idea about that ...


THOUGHTS:
I believe that ...
I don't believe that ...
I strongly believe that ...

People tend to believe that ...

I'd like to say / to believe that ...

Some people say ...

Don't you think that ...?

I think that ...
I don't think that ...
I suppose ...

I suspect that ...

I'm pretty sure that ...

It is fairly certain that ...

I'm convinced that ...

I honestly feel that ...

If you ask me ...

In my opinion ...

Without a doubt ...
Frankly, I doubt if ...
Shouldn't we consider ...


OBSERVATIONS:
Here's what I've noticed.
In my experience ...
Sometimes it seems like ...
I've heard people say ...
The way I see it ...
As far as I'm concerned ...
But what about ...
Let's face it, ...
The truth of the matter is ...
The problem with your point of view is that ...

PREFERENCES:
I'd rather ...
I'd prefer ...
If it were up to me ...

GIVING REASONS / OFFERING EXPLANATIONS:
To start with ...
For this reason, ...
The reason why ...
That's the reason why ...
That's why ...
Many people think ...
Considering ...
Allowing the fact that ...


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María Ángeles A.
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