Everyday english conversations advice & opinions

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this is part 12 of my series Everyday English Conversations. his one is about advice and opinions. This is good to use in your classroom or even at home for yourself. It has a lot of phrases and vocabulary and dialogues and even some fun exercises.

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Everyday english conversations advice & opinions

  1. 1. Live Free / Speak Free
  2. 2. Click on any of the icons through out this presentation to listen to it. You may click as many times as you like. The dialogues are all one conversation and are not broken into sentences for listening. Listen to each saying and / or sentence and then repeat each of them. You may want to do this several times so you get the right pronunciation. Continue
  3. 3. Phrases, Sentences & Questions Practice DialoguesFun Exercise
  4. 4. Advice Opinion
  5. 5. Asking for Advice What do you think I should do (about…)? What should I do (about…)? What would you do (about…)? What would you suggest (I do) (I should do about…)? Can/Could you give me some advice (about…)? What do you think I should do? What do you suggest?
  6. 6. What would you do (in this situation)? I've got a bad toothache. What do you suggest? What do you advise me to do? What should I do? What ought I to do? What's your advice? If you were me what would you do?
  7. 7. Giving Advice I think you should ... Why don't you ...? If I were you, I would ... Maybe you should ... I suggest you ... How about (verb+ing....)? You might try (verb+ing...) I would advise you to ... My advice would be to ... It might be a good idea to ... I think you should get a lawyer.
  8. 8. Why don't you call the company? If I were you, I would tell her. If I were you, I would go to the dentist. Why don't you go to the dentist? You'd better brush your teeth regularly. You ought to/should avoid eating sweets. If you take my advice, you'll go to the dentist. It might be a good idea to brush your teeth on a regular basis. I advise you to brush your teeth on a regular basis. Have you thought about seeing a dentist.
  9. 9. Declining to give advice I don't know what to advise, I'm afraid. I wish I could suggest something, but I can't. I wish I could help. I'm afraid I can't really help you.
  10. 10. 1. I need to lose weight. Can you give me advice? 2. I didn’t pass the driving test. What should I do? 3. I need to save money at the supermarket. Can you give me advice? 4. I just arrived in the US. What should I do? 5. I found $20.00 in the school hall. Can you give me advice? 6. My sink is leaking. What should I do? 7. A friend asked me to lend her some money. Can you give me advice?
  11. 11. 8. I want to quit smoking. What should I do? 9. My job is very stressful and tiring. Can you give me advice? 10. I feel homesick. What should I do? 11. My toilet is stopped up. Can you give me advice? 12. I got a flat tire. What should I do? 13. I want to buy a car. Can you give me advice?
  12. 12. Asking for Opinions What do you think? What's your opinion? What are your ideas? Do you have any thoughts on that? How do you feel about that? Do you think that….? What do you think about….? What’s your opinion on….? Do you believe that…..?
  13. 13. Is that right / correct? Do you think it’s a good idea that…. I: What about … ? I: How do you feel about … ? SF: What do you think of …? SF: What’s your opinion of …? F: What’s your position on…? F: I was wondering where you stood on the question of … ? I = Informal SF = Semi formal F = Formal
  14. 14. Giving Opinions I think we should get a new car. I don't think we need one. I believe (that) smoking should be outlawed. I don't believe (that) it should be illegal. In my opinion, Gone with the Breeze is the best movie ever made. I feel that it's the right thing to do. I don't feel that it's such a good idea. I agree / I don’t agree. I think so / I don’t think so. I believe that / I don’t believe that. I’m not sure / Maybe.
  15. 15. For me, it’s important that…… In my opinion…. I think that . . . I don't think that . . . I: I think… I: I recon… SF: In my opinion… SF: From my point of view… F: As far as I am concerned… F: It would seem to me that … I = Informal SF = Semi formal F = Formal
  16. 16. Personal Point of View We use these words and phrases to express a personal point of view: In my experience… As far as I'm concerned… Speaking for myself… In my opinion… Personally, I think… I'd say that… I'd suggest that… I'd like to point out that… I believe that… What I mean is…
  17. 17. General Point of View We use these words and phrases to express a point of view that is generally thought by people: It is thought that... Some people say that... It is considered... It is generally accepted that...
  18. 18. Agreeing with an opinion We use these words and phrases to agree with someone else's point of view: Of course. You're absolutely right. Yes, I agree. I think so too. That's a good point. Exactly. I don't think so either. So do I. I'd go along with that. That's true. Neither do I. I agree with you entirely. That's just what I was thinking. I couldn't agree more.
  19. 19. Disagreeing with an opinion We use these words and phrases to disagree with someone else's point of view: That's different. I don't agree with you. However… That's not entirely true. On the contrary… I'm sorry to disagree with you, but… Yes, but don't you think… That's not the same thing at all. I'm afraid I have to disagree. I'm not so sure about that. I must take issue with you on that. It's unjustifiable to say that...
  20. 20. Asking for support or details Why do you think that? Could you elaborate? Could you give (me) an example? Can you illustrate that? What evidence do you have? Could you explain it in more detail? Could you provide some details?
  21. 21. Supporting your opinions Let me illustrate, For example, For instance, To give you an example, Let me give you an example, To elaborate, First, (second), etc. (These phrases can be followed by details, examples, elaboration, or a summary of your main points.)
  22. 22. Giving Advice Layla: Thanks for meeting with me during your lunch hour. I appreciate it. Monica: No problem. I’m happy to help. What’s going on? Layla: Oh you know, the usual. Should I take this new job? Or do I stick with my current one? Monica: Well, I think it’s time for a change, don’t you? They pay you late and you are unhappy. Layla: Do you really think so? Monica: I know so. And I’ve been listening to you complain for over a year now. Trust me. Take the job. What do you have to lose?
  23. 23. Language Notes • In formal conversation, giving advice is often suggested through modals: ought to/ should / could / If I were you. In informal conversations people tend to use words such as I think that/ I feel that/ in my opinion. • Listen for the emphasis on I know so and Trust me. These common phrases can be used to convey both positive and negative emotions. “I know so” conveys a deep belief or certainty. “To know” shows more certainty than “to think.” • Notice the use of command forms: Take the job. /Trust me./ Go for it! The command form can be used to gently persuade someone.
  24. 24. Giving Your Opinion Jake: Where should we take a vacation this year? Let’s decide soon. Melissa: Well, I’d like to go somewhere warm. How about the beach? Or we could rent a cabin on the lake. Jake: You want to go to the beach, again? I want to ski this winter. How about a compromise? What about traveling to the Alps in Europe next April? We can find a ski resort on a lake. Melissa: Oh, we’ve never been to Europe before! But I don’t know if it will be sunny and warm then. I need to do some research first. That will help me make up my mind.
  25. 25. Language Notes • Decide is a useful verb to express choice. The idiom “to make up my mind” also means “to decide”: “There are so many choices in this menu. It’s going to take awhile to make up my mind/decide.” You can finish this sentence with either the idiom or the verb “decide.” • How about This phrase presents an alternative. This phrase can be followed by a subject plus a conjugated verb or by a noun: How about we go swimming? / How about a movie tonight? • Many verbs express opinions: to think / to believe / to suppose / to assume, etc. They are not all synonymous. For example, “to suppose” and “to assume” express that the speaker has a preconceived idea: He came back late from work, so I assumed that traffic was bad. /I suppose that may not have been the case, and that he might just have had a lot of work.
  26. 26. ASKING OPINION AND GIVING OPINION 1 Daniel: Hey Lara ! Do you know the hot news in our school? Lara: Yes, I know. About the minimum score, isn’t it? Daniel: Yes, exactly. What do you think? Lara: I think it so high. I believe that is bad idea. Daniel: I don’t think so. Precisely with the 80 score, we can go into the University easily. With PMDK program. Lara: Yes, I know it. But, for everyday it so hard. Daniel: Maybe, it can be the pole for us to be better than yesterday. I hope we can do it. Although it so hard. Lara: Ok. Amen.
  27. 27. Kent : What do you think about that film? Joe : I think that film is very interesting 2
  28. 28. A: So Dave, what do you think makes a good friend? B: Well for me, a friend is someone who is good fun to be with. A: Hm…fun to be with? Can you give me an example? B: I like friends who like to go out and have fun together – go down town, go to the beach, see a movie, something like that. A: So….does that mean a friend has to like the same things you do? B: No…not really, just that they have a fun personality. You know, fun to be with whatever we do.
  29. 29. A: So, do you have lots of friends? B: I guess so. A: What do you think makes a good friend? B: Hah…good friend….well, a good friend helps you when you have a problem. A: Hmm…do you think that’s the most important thing? B: Yeah, friends help each other. I really think so. A: Well, what kinds of problems does your best friend help you with? B: Well, that’s kind of personal.
  30. 30. A: Some people say friends are always honest with each other. Do you agree? B: I completely agree. Friends need to be completely honest. One little lie and the friendship just disappears. A: Ah, that’s pretty strong language. Do you really think that? B: Yeah. Once, one of my good friends lied to me. He was a really good friend, and I just felt completely betrayed. It destroyed the friendship.
  31. 31. A: So, do you think that Bangkok is a great place to live? B: I believe that, yes. Food and clothes are very cheap and it’s easy to travel around the city. A: What do you think about the idea that there are too many people living in Bangkok? B: I don’t think so. There are a lot of people but the city is always busy and exciting.
  32. 32. A: What’s your opinion of smoking? B: I’m not sure. For me, it’s important that children do not smoke. A: But do you think it’s a good idea that people can smoke in shops and buses? B: I don’t think so. Children use buses too. A: So what do you think about stopping smoking everywhere in Bangkok? B: Maybe.
  33. 33. Student: I'm terrible at English and I think I should do something about it. What do you advise me to do? Teacher: I think you should try this website. It's a fantastic website for beginners. Student: I've heard about it, but what do you think I should start with? Teacher: You'd better start with the lessons. Then, try the exercises.
  34. 34. Choose the correct word(s) and then check your answers. Have some fun with your students.
  35. 35. Even if you __________your neighbour, you'd better think hard before fighting with him. a. can’t stand b. love c. prefer Peter! Would you __________ this bottle of milk or would you _________ me to give it to the cat? a. love b. like c. hate a. prefer b. like c. never mind can’t stand like prefer Check
  36. 36. a. dislike see b. dislike to see c. dislike seeing a. Would you mind to me opening b. Would you mind my to open c. Would you mind my opening I _______________another girl with the same dress as mine. __________________________the porthole ? NOoooo ! I'd rather you didn't! We're in a submarine! Check dislike seeing Would you mind my opening
  37. 37. a. love b. dislike c. like a. don’t mind b. never mind c. dislike Check John and Mary got married. They were on a plane when he told her ‘I _______ you’ for the first time. May I play the trumpet ? Yes, I ___________this sound. love don’t mind
  38. 38. a. prefer b. mind c. maybe a. like b. prefer c. mind a. instead sleeping b. instead of sleeping c. instead of to sleep Check I_______ to help my owner in that way _________________in my basket. He doesn't ____it when I laugh at him. prefer instead of sleeping like
  39. 39. sound (adj) maturity (noun) affectionate (adj) devotion (noun) sag (verb) Match the words with their meaning as used in the news lesson based on good sense and judgment the advanced stage of mental/emotional development found in adults showing tenderness or fondness; loving love loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause hang down loosely or unevenly Check
  40. 40. creep (noun) predator (noun) pale (adj) fang (noun) vial (noun) Check a detestable person an animal or person that hunts/kills others light in color or having little color a large, sharp tooth, especially in a dog or wolf a small container, usually made of glass, for liquid medicine
  41. 41. Any questions, comments, advice, and / or wishes – you can email me at amerenglish64@gmail.com

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