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  • in this business English Pod episode will be looking at ways to give

  • and ask for opinion. We'll be looking both more formal

  • or careful language as well as more informal

  • or direct language. Giving and asking for opinions

  • is a very important part of meetings and discussions of all types.

  • first let's listen to more formal situation

  • we'll be listening to part of a meeting at Digi Soft

  • a multinational software company. Sheila,

  • a vice president, is talking to Walt

  • George and Bruce, 3 software engineers, about the deadline for the new software

  • release.

  • Release here means "Launch"

  • that is bring the product onto the market

  • so let's move on to the topic of

  • release date.Gentleman when do you think we'll be able to launch this product?

  • Walt? Well, I tend to feel that

  • we should probably be able to start testing the product

  • In April that means that if all goes well

  • we can have the first release in May or

  • June I say thank you walt

  • what's your reaction to that group May or June

  • well from my point of view that sounds about right excuse me

  • may I come in here I wonder if I could say something go ahead george

  • what would you like to add well it seems to me that may is much much too early

  • actually we are still having some pretty major problems with bugs in the update

  • engine

  • and I just don't see how we will be able to fix those books

  • okay now let's listen to george

  • Bruce on wall walk into the break room right after the meeting

  • Sheila their boss is not here this

  • is a more informal situation hey guys

  • did you see the Chelsea Liverpool game last night what did you think

  • all quite I gave her Chelsea look pretty good

  • cue always have to rub it in turns you bruise

  • you know unlivable fan have that you jewish

  • actually that was one of the greatest games ever see

  • but the way you guys keep telling the boss we can finish the product by May

  • none of us are going to have time to watch in world football games

  • we're all going to be working overtime every night burning the midnight oil

  • so now you've heard both formal and informal conversations

  • first let's look at the form conversation

  • How does Sheila ask for her employees' opinions?

  • Sheila is in charge she is the boss

  • and the chairperson of the meeting one way for her to ask for an employee's

  • opinion

  • is simply to say his name with the rising intonation

  • work home gentleman when do you think we will be able to launch this product

  • what she'll also use some other ways

  • to ask firm place opinions all these ways are relatively formal

  • the signal that this is a formal meeting

  • she says I say thank you walt

  • what's your reaction to that Bruce and

  • go ahead george what would you like to add

  • together with the speakers try some other form of races

  • for asking for an opinion how do you feel about that

  • Cecilia

  • could you please share your thoughts on that fair

  • what's your view on this Richard

  • Tony what's your feelings on the 8th

  • now let's look at the language wall Bruce and George use

  • to express their opinions informal situation lot says

  • well I tend to feel that we should be able to start testing the product

  • EN April this language

  • I tend to feel that shows careful

  • formal tone what uses the stone

  • because he is talking to his boss and perhaps because he's not sure

  • whether or not the others will agree with them let's keep listening

  • I say thank you walt

  • what's your reaction to that group May or June

  • well from my point of view that sounds about right

  • Bruce likewise uses more formal careful language

  • well from my point of view this makes him some more polite

  • since he's talking to his boss in addition

  • begins in time to think giving yourself time to think

  • is another reason to use these phrases haha George

  • how did he offer his opinion excuse me

  • may I come in here I wonder if I could say something go ahead george

  • what would you like to add well it seems to me that may is much much too early

  • think about the ways to George users to express his opinion

  • I wonder if I could say something and

  • well it seems to me that these

  • ways expression are quite careful George has a good reason to be careful doesn t

  • he disagrees with his colleagues now let's practice some

  • further formal were careful phrases for expressing your opinion

  • I have the impression that

  • he didn't really want to come

  • don't you think that that's a little early

  • I tend to feel it's a bit too early to start

  • next let's turn

  • a more informal discussion between will Bruce and George

  • remember there in the breakroom

  • right after the meeting Bruce ass georgian Walt

  • hey guys did you see the Chelsea luv all-gay

  • last night what the debate will quiet gave her

  • Chelsea look for a ticket this is an informal relaxed discussion among

  • colleagues

  • you can tell it's informal because Bruce uses the informal word

  • guys to address george wall also

  • he says what do you think this is an informal way to ask for an opinion

  • what says cue always have to read the tendency to bruise

  • you know am a Liverpool fan to rub something in

  • is an Indian it means to remind someone on purpose

  • something that is uncomfortable or painful here

  • it's done as a joke it sounds like Walt is a Liverpool fan

  • and he's unhappy because Chelsea won the game

  • let's keep listening how bad you jewish actually

  • that was one of the greatest games ever see how about you

  • is another direct way to ask for an opinion next

  • notice how George start a sentence with actually

  • actually is a direct or informal way to state an opinion

  • it shows us the George has something new

  • were surprising decide with George

  • practice more direct ways to state an opinion the point

  • ease we doing very well in this market

  • the way I see it we're heading for trouble

  • obviously his only one choice

  • basically I think we have two options

  • finally let's listen to the and the dialogue again

  • have that you jewish actually that was one of the greatest games ever see

  • but the way you guys keep telling the boss we can finish the product by May

  • numbers are going to have time to watch him win football games

  • George means that Bruce on wall keep telling the boss

  • that they can meet the may deadline everyone is going to have to work very

  • hard in fact

  • they're going to have to work so hard that they won't have any time to watch

  • football games

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Business English Lesson 1: Giving Opinions in English | Business English Conversation

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