miércoles, 23 de junio de 2010

Oral Interaction Language

Giving your opinion

Giving your opinion neutrally

"I think…."

"I feel that…."

"In my opinion…."

"As far as I'm concerned…."

"As I see it…."

"In my view…"

Giving a strong opinion

"I'm absolutely convinced that…."

"I'm sure that….."

"I strongly believe that…."

"I have no doubt that…"


"What do you think?"

"What's your view?"

"How do you see the situation?"

Agreeing and disagreeing

"I think you're right."
"I agree with you."

Strong agreement

"I couldn't agree with you more."
"You're absolutely right."
"I agree entirely."
"I totally agree."

Agreeing in part

"I agree with you up to a point, but..."
"That's quite true, but..."
"I agree with you in principle, but..."


"I'm not sure I agree with you."
"(I'm afraid) I don't agree."
"(I'm afraid) I disagree."
"(I'm afraid) I can't agree with you."
"(I'm afraid) I don't share your opinion."

Note that when you disagree with someone, you can often sound
more polite by using a phrase such as "I'm afraid..."

Disagreeing strongly

"I don't agree at all."
"I totally disagree."
"I couldn't agree with you less."

Keeping a conversation going
Making comments

"No!" - to show surprise
"I don't believe it!" - to show surprise
"Wow!" - to show admiration or surprise
"That's incredible / amazing / unbelievable" - to show great
interest in the subject of conversation
"How awful / terrible" - to show sympathy with someone else's bad

Asking questions

"Really?" - to show surprise
"And you?" - when someone asks you how you are
"Did you?" - can be used to encourage someone to tell their story.

For example, "I saw her last night" "Did you?" "Yes, she was with one of her friends, and she...."

Have fun!!

lunes, 14 de junio de 2010

Your Favourite Website

I think my favourite website is The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk). I normally visit this page at least 2 or 3 times a day. When I lived in Britain I used to buy the Guardian newspaper every day (except Sunday as it's only published form Monday to Saturday). I've been reading the Guardian since I was a teenager but I didn't start buying it until I was about 25 years old. When I first came to live in Chile I used to buy it in Paseo Ahumada but it was always a couple of days old and very expensive (about 2 lucas!!). Anyway, I've been very happy since it appeared online.
My favourite section is about football. The news coverage is very good and there is a section called The Rumour Mill which is sometimes quite funny. I also manage to keep up to date with everything that's happening around the world and back in the UK. Unfortunately, there aren't any Chilean newspapers that I like and the evening news on TV rarely comments on international news. Luckily, the Guardian keeps me informed.

Write about your favourite website.
What it's called,
How often you visit it,
What it's about,
How you found it,
Why you like it,
The best thing about it,
Anything you don't like about it,
Whether or not your friends like it.

Write at least 250 words and leave on at least 3 comments of your classmates' blogs.