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SS10 | Clarifying

On the 10th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill:

Clarifying

Sometimes in a conversation, it’s hard to understand the other person. Perhaps, they use a word you don’t know or their explanation is unclear. In this lesson, we learn how to ask the other person to clarify what they mean. Also, we learn how to clarify our own explanations.

Here are some basic expressions to CLARIFY someone else:

What do you mean by that?
Could you explain that in another way?

Here are some basic expressions to CLARIFY yourself:

What I mean by that is…
In other words,…

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SS9 | Agreeing and Disagreeing

On the 9th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill:

Agreeing and Disagreeing

As we saw in Speaking Skills 8, learning how to give an opinion is a very valuable skill. But, if you hear someone else’s opinion, how should you respond? In this lesson, we learn how to agree and disagree so that you can continue a conversation with someone naturally.

Here are some basic expressions to AGREE with any opinion:

I agree.
I agree with you.
I totally/completely agree with you.

Here are some basic expressions to DISAGREE with any opinion:

I disagree/I don’t agree.
I disagree/I don’t agree with you.
I’m afraid I don’t agree with you.

We also look at some strategies to AGREE and DISAGREE:

AGREE: Use a similar word
DISAGREE: “Yes, but…”

Watch Speaking Skills 9 to see more examples.

Mentioned in this episode:

Podcast Episode – Speaking Skills 8 – Giving Opinions
Blog Post – How to Give Your Opinion in 3 Easy Steps
Blog Post – How to Give Your Opinion 2.0

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SS8 | Giving Opinions

On the 8th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill:

Giving Opinions

Everyone has opinions but I feel that some people are sometimes afraid to share them or don’t know how to in English. In this lesson, I will show you how you can give an opinion and share your ideas with the world!

Basically, there are 2 types of opinions:

1. Your Personal Preferences
2. Opinions that contain and affect Other People

Here are a few phrases you can use to help give your opinion:

I think…
I don’t think…
In my opinion,…

Mentioned in this episode:

Blog Post – How to Give Your Opinion in 3 Easy Steps
Blog Post – How to Give Your Opinion 2.0

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SS7 | Interrupting

On the 7th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill:

Interrupting

In some cultures, it is considered rude to interrupt someone during a conversation. How about for Western culture? Is it OK to interrupt someone? What are some situations that we might need to interrupt someone? If we want to interrupt someone, how can we do it with politeness and respect?

1. Directly Interrupting
I’m sorry, but I need to say something.
Excuse me, but I have to interrupt you.

2. Indirectly Interrupting
I’m sorry, but could I say something?
Excuse me, but could I ask a question?

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Speaking Skills 6 | Making Offers

On the 6th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill:

Making Offers

Basically, there are two types of offers.

1. Offering a thing
Would you like…?
Do you want…?

2. Offering with an action
Would you like me to…?
Do you want me to…?

Mentioned on this episode:

Speaking Skills 2: Making Requests – Link

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How to Give Your Opinion: Version 2.0

What's Your Opinion

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A few years ago, I wrote a blog post called, “How to Give Your Opinion” which showed the basics of sharing your thoughts with others.

However, the post was mainly written for a Japanese audience and was just an introduction to the topic of giving opinions.

Today, I’d like to update that post to show some new examples and introduce some other ways that you can give your opinion. This is, “How to Give Your Opinion Version 2.0”.
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Speaking Skills 5 | Ending A Conversation

On the 5th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill:

Ending a Conversation Politely

It’s easy to end a conversation politely in English! Just follow my 3 basic steps:

1. Say you have to go
2. Give a positive comment
3. Say goodbye

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E2P29 | How to Respond More Quickly

On the 29th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we handle the following points:

How to Respond More Quickly: In the past few years, many students have been asking me how to respond more quickly in English conversation. If not asking me directly, other students seem to struggle with this aspect of English conversation. In this episode, I look at 3 aspects to think about and also 3 Action Steps to help you achieve faster response times.

3 Aspects to Consider:
1. Understanding the speaker’s comment or question
2. Learning common phrases and strategies for responding
3. Practicing this skill

Action Steps:
1. Do Dictation Exercises
2. Study conversations from TV shows and movies
3. Practice by speaking out loud or finding a group to speak with

English 2.0 Quick Tip:  This is a very useful and FREE app to help you organize your notes – Evernote

Mentioned in this episode:

Studying English with Movies: Man of Steel – Click here

Studying English with Movies: Elektra – Coming Soon!

Speaking Skills 1: Showing Interest – Click here

Practice Responding by meeting people on Meetup.com – Click here

Find Movie Scripts at imsdb.com – Click here

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Speaking Skills 4 |Introducing Yourself and Others

On the 4th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill:

Introducing Yourself and Others

Additional Practice – How to Meet for the First Time

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Speaking Skills 3 | Making Suggestions

On the 3rd episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill:

Making Suggestions

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