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Agreeing, Disagreeing, & Giving Advice

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Transcript of Agreeing, Disagreeing, & Giving Advice

What is advice?
When you give advice, you are not really agreeing or disagreeing with someone… Instead, you are telling them what you would do (or what you think they should do) to improve a situation.
Asking for Advice
When do we ask others for advice?
Expressing Opinions
Sometimes we need to express an opinion that differs from someone else’s.

Sometimes it is necessary to tell someone what you think without hurting their feelings, whereas sometimes it is okay to tell them exactly what you think.

Consider the following questions:

When do you need to be indirect in expressing your opinion?
How can you phrase an opinion politely in English?
Is it ever okay to express your opinion directly? If so, in what types of situations?

Expressing Opinions Politely
In the U.S., we are often indirect when we want to politely share our opinions. This helps us avoid conflict and hurting others' feelings.
Use the words “I think” to let others know that this is your opinion
State the reasons for your opinion
Use indirect words like
might, could, would and if

Situations for Expressing Your Opinion Directly
If you are being asked to do something that you believe is morally wrong or dangerous
If someone is not fulfilling his or her responsibilities at work or school (but be polite!)
In some close friendships

Agreeing & Disagreeing
Giving advice
Agreeing, Disagreeing, & Giving Advice
Learning Module
February 11th, 2016
Situations to Express Your Opinion Politely
Interacting with your teachers or other professionals
Conversations with people in service positions:
Cashiers at Walmart, the grocery store, etc.
A server at a restaurant
A doctor, nurse, or other medical staff
Over the phone support services
With classmates or acquaintances you don't know very well but interact with somewhat often
Expressions for Agreeing and Disagreeing
Click the link to view some examples:
It also helps to give the person words of encouragement:
"Don't worry/be frustrated/be scared."
"It'll work out!"
"You can do this!"
Advice usually starts with:
“I think…”
“Maybe you should…”
“If I were you, I would…”
Often, others ask for advice when they get into arguments that they don’t know how to resolve.
Usually when people ask for advice, they ask very directly:
“What should I do?”

For example:

I told a coworker of mine about a problem that I’m having at work. It wasn’t a big deal. I just told her about a disagreement that I had with our boss. I didn’t want her to tell others at work, but she did. Now I’m afraid that the boss will find out that I complained. I’m really mad at her. She says she was only trying to help! What should I do?

Consider your reaction to this example. What is the context? What advice would you give? Would you be direct or indirect?
Watch the video below of a recent political debate. Take some notes regarding the phrases they use to agree or disagree, how direct or indirect they are, and their body language. Then, go to the next slide to receive your assignment for this lesson.
Go back to Blackboard to complete the assignment that accompanies this lesson.
As a general rule, we usually take the blame upon ourselves when we want to be indirect, but place the blame on others or an extenuating circumstance when we want to be more direct. As such, most indirect phrases will use "I" while most direct phrases will use "you" or the third person
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