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INTRODUCTION
Becky: Expressing Your Opinion in English. Becky here.
John: Hi, I'm John.
Becky: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to express your opinion in a business meeting. The conversation takes place in a meeting room.
John: It's between Linda and Thomas Gray.
Becky: The speakers are co-workers, therefore, they will speak formal English. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Linda: Our sales figures are down this month. Does anyone have any ideas for how we can increase them?
Thomas Gray: It seems to me that we lost sales because our competitor had a sale.
Linda: You may be right.
Thomas Gray: In my opinion, we should have a sale this month, and I think our sales will increase again.
Linda: Good idea. Let's try that this month.
Becky: Listen to the conversation one more time, more slowly.
Linda: Our sales figures are down this month. Does anyone have any ideas for how we can increase them?
Thomas Gray: It seems to me that we lost sales because our competitor had a sale.
Linda: You may be right.
Thomas Gray: In my opinion, we should have a sale this month, and I think our sales will increase again.
Linda: Good idea. Let's try that this month.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Becky: In that conversation, we heard Thomas give his opinion in a meeting.
John: Yeah, Linda was pretty accepting of his thoughts.
Becky: Is it common to give opinions in an American company?
John: Yes, employees are often asked for their opinions.
Becky: How should we give our opinions?
John: Be polite and respectful of others, even if their opinion is different to yours.
Becky: When are opinions usually given?
John: They’re especially encouraged in meetings. If you’re asked your opinion, give it!
Becky: What if you’re not asked your opinion?
John: That can differ from company to company and from situation to situation.
Becky: So sometimes it’s welcomed...
John: ..and sometimes it isn’t!
Becky: Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Becky: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
John: sales [natural native speed]
Becky: in the plural form, the activity or business of selling products
John: sales [slowly - broken down by syllable]
John: sales [natural native speed]
Becky: Next, we have...
John: figures [natural native speed]
Becky: numbers, especially relating to amounts
John: figures [slowly - broken down by syllable]
John: figures [natural native speed]
Becky: Next up is...
John: down [natural native speed]
Becky: decrease, low
John: down [slowly - broken down by syllable]
John: down [natural native speed]
Becky: Next, there’s...
John: month [natural native speed]
Becky: each of the twelve named periods into which a year is divided
John: month [slowly - broken down by syllable]
John: month [natural native speed]
Becky: Next, we have...
John: to increase [natural native speed]
Becky: to go up in number or value
John: to increase [slowly - broken down by syllable]
John: to increase [natural native speed]
Becky: Next, there’s...
John: competitor [natural native speed]
Becky: opposition, rival
John: competitor [slowly - broken down by syllable]
John: competitor [natural native speed]
Becky: And lastly...
John: sale [natural native speed]
Becky: temporary reduction in price
John: sale [slowly - broken down by syllable]
John: sale [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Becky: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is...
John: sales figures
Becky: ...meaning "the amount sold."
John: The first word is “sales,” this means “items sold.”
Becky: The second word is “figures,” and this means “numbers.”
John: So together, they mean “the number of things sold.”
Becky: You’ll hear this frequently in business.
John: That’s right.
Becky: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
John: Sure. For example, you can say “The sales figures look promising for this month.”
Becky: ..which is like saying "The amount sold looks good for this month."
Becky: Okay, what's the next word?
John: competitor
Becky: ...meaning "an organization that is in competition with others."
John: This is a noun that can be used to talk about a rival person, company, or organization.
Becky: It’s related to the verb “to compete” and the noun “competition.”
John: You’ll often hear this in business.
Becky: It can also be used in other circumstances, such as when talking about sports events.
John: Or any kind of contest.
Becky: Can you give us an example using this word?
John: Sure. For example, you can say “Our new co-worker used to work for our main competitor.”
Becky: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Becky: In this lesson, you'll learn about how to express your opinion in a business meeting. Giving an opinion can be very important in business, and it will help improve your English skills.
John: We can give both positive and negative opinions.
Becky: What is the easiest way to give our opinions?
John: By using the phrase “I think…”
Becky: It shows that what we’re saying is our opinion, and not a fact. Can you give us some sentence examples, please?
John: Sure. “I think that’s a good idea.” “I think the new product will be a success.”
Becky: You can also make this sentence negative.
John: Yes, just add “don’t.” “I don’t think…”
Becky: Again, some examples please!
John: “I don’t think that’s a good idea.” “I don’t think the new product will be a success.”
Becky: There are also patterns we can use other than “I think…”
John: Yes, we can also use “It seems to me…” and “In my opinion…”
Becky: “It seems to me…” can be used to introduce an opinion that we know others might not agree with.
John: “In my opinion…” is a good, strong phrase to introduce your opinion.
Becky: Time for some examples!
John: “It seems to me that he’s always late.” “In my opinion, that’s a bad idea.”
Becky: If someone else gives their opinion first and you think it’s good, then you can agree with it. Here are some phrases you can use to agree.
John: “Yes, I agree.” “Yes, I think so too.”
Becky: “That’s a good idea.” “I think that Mr. Campbell is correct.”
John: Sometimes though, other people have opinions that you don’t agree with.
Becky: I think that happens all of the time! Disagreeing with someone can be difficult, but remember to stay polite.
John: It’s good to acknowledge their opinion first with a phrase like “You have a point, but…”
Becky: The “but” shows that we’re going to disagree with them, even if it sounds like we agree.
John: An example of that is “What you’re saying is right, but…”
Becky: As soon as the other person hears that “but,” they know you’re going to disagree.

Outro

Becky: Okay, that’s all for this lesson. Thank you for listening, everyone, and we’ll see you next time! Bye!
John: See you!

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marlon
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This lesson is very useful because during meeting you need speak, to say opinion or to ask opiniom from others regarding a specific point or key facts.

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This lessons most important and expression our own opinion


Hiko
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Today's lesson is very instructive for me.

I'm trying to practice listening to this formal business dialogue again and again.