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Business English Skill Set - Small Talk

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Giving and Asking for Opinions

Kate July 21, 2020

Before we begin, let’s go over some vocabulary you will find in this section of the course. Feel free to refer back to this page as you move through this section.


Interject (verb) – to interrupt a conversation to insert your opinion.

Concede (verb) – to admit or acknowledge that something is true after first denying it

(To be) on the same page (expression) – to have the same opinion on something

(To be) on the fence about something (expression) – to be undecided, to not support either side in an argument

A conversation is the exchanging of ideas, opinions and experiences.

Nobody wants to have a conversation where they’re just being talked at, or they feel like they can’t get their own thoughts or opinion across. That’s not a conversation – that’s a lecture!

In this lesson we’ll take a look at some good ways of giving your opinion on a topic in small talk, as well as how to ask others for their views. We will also look at how to agree and (politely) disagree with what’s being said.

If you’re ready, let’s begin!

You can find more information about how to express your opinions in a negotiation context in both the Business English Basics course, and our Business English Skill Set course on Negotiations.