Everyday at work we have to discuss our opinions. Sometimes in a team we will all share opinions, and at other times we will think completely differently to our colleagues. It’s a good idea to know what you can say if you feel strongly about something, and what you can say if you want to be very diplomatic.
Look at this conversation – the expressions underlined are used to discuss your opinions.
James: What do you think about the new advertising campaign Andy?
Andy: Well, if you ask me, they’re targeting the wrong customers.
James: I’m completely behind you on that. I don’t know whose idea this campaign was.
Andy: I firmly believe that the head of the department needs to get rid of the whole team.
James: That’s nonsense! They’ve done some excellent work, but some serious changes are necessary. We need some support with this project.
Andy: Yes, you’re right. I think that we should give the project to an external advertising agency.
James: I’m afraid I can’t agree – we don’t have the budget for that right now..
Andy: Ok, well let’s organise a meeting to see what other options we have.
|Giving an opinion||Agreeing||Disagreeing|
|Weak||If you ask me…||Yes, you’re right||I’m afraid I can’t agree|
|Strong||I firmly believe that….||I’m completely behind you on that.||That’s nonsense!|
- advertising campaign – Werbekampagne
- target – anzielen
- firmly agree – voll einverstanden
- department – Abteilung
- get rid of – los werden
- nonsense – Schwachsinn
- excellent – ausgezeichnet
- agency – Agentur
- support – Unterstützung
- I’m afraid – leider
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