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Vocabulary: listening and discussing
"The Human Cub" learns by imitating... At best, he keeps listening (a voluntary action), at worst, he hears (involuntary action) what is said around him. Then the baby tries to repeat, and repeat again, sometimes making funny involuntary "words of children". Therefore, repetition is a fundamental process which should be encouraged. Then, this leads to the individual elaboration of opinions, and to real and genuine communication.
Listen very well to what is said around you! Do not hesitate to repeat, again and again, (words and expressions in context) if you want to remember them.
Lend me your ears!
(Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.)
|To listen to somebody||To tell somebody about something|
To discuss something with somebody
To talk something over with somebody
To speak to somebody about stg
To talk to somebody about stg
To tell a story He's listening to music...
|A discussion of/ about||A topic|
|A subject/ a topic||A question/ an issue|
The matter in hand
The point at issue
The discussion centred on (GB)
The discussion centered on (US)
|To come to the point||To stick to the point|
|To digress/ a digression||A talk/ a conversation|
|A discussion||An interview|
|A face to face encounter||A debate on/ about// to debate|
|To debate something with somebody||Debatable|
To contribute to
To take part in
|To butt in|
|To intervene in/ an intervention||To interrupt/ an interruption|
|To exchange views on stg||An opinion on/ of/ about|
|To form an opinion||To share sb's view on stg|
|A matter of opinion|
To change one's mind on/ about
To have a change of heart
|To change one's opinion||To have a good/ bad opinion|
|To believe||To challenge|
To disagree with somebody about
|To take issue with sb on stg|
|To retort||To come to a compromise|
To weigh the pros and cons...
|Against||In favour of|
|The pros and cons||To take sides with|
|To side with sb on stg||To change sides|
|Uncompromising||A noisy discussion|
|Behind closed doors||A heated discussion|
EXPRESSIONS to remember and use:
- What are your feelings about...?
- My personal opinion is .../ Personally, I believe...
- In my opinion, .../ As I see it, .../ To my mind, .../
- From my point of view...
- As far as I'm concerned...
- It seems to me that...
- It would appear that...
- Let's suppose that.../ Let's assume that...
- You have a point there.../ That's a valid point!
- First..., second..., last...
- On the one hand... on the second hand...
- Finally, / To summarise...
- I can't agree with that...
- I beg to differ...
- You're utterly mistaken...
- He will not hear of it...
The expressions given above won't all have the same importance for you. You simply have to pick those you think you'll need, and use them as well as you can.
May the FORCE be with you!
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