Discussion Talk

Asking Yes/No Questions about Interests and Likes

Are you interested in/ keen on /are you into…?
Do you like/enjoy …?
Do you take much interest in …?
Do you have any favorite …?
Have you got any favourite …? (Brit. spelling)

Answering Yes/No Questions about Interests And
Likes

Yes, actually/ as a matter of fact I do/I am
Oh, I love … !
Well, as a matter of fact …
actually/ to be honest …
I prefer …
I am rather more into/ interested in …
No, I don’t particularly enjoy …

Asking WH- Questions about Interests and Likes

  • What are / is your favorite …?
    What kind of … do you like (best)?
  • enjoy most?
  • enjoy?

What kind of … are you interested in?

  • are you keen on? (Brit.)
  • are you into

Answering WH-Questions about Interests And Likes

  • I am rather interested in …
  • quite keen on …
  • I rather like …
  • quite enjoy …
  • Oh, I like … very much.

Asking for Opinions

  • What do you think about/of …?
  • How do you find/feel about …?
  • What are your views concerning …?
  • What are your feelings regarding …?
  • What do/would you suggest?
  • What/How about …?
  • What would you say about/to …?
  • How does the idea of … appeal to you?
  • Would/Will it be a good idea if/to …?
  • Wouldn’t/Don’t you agree that …?

Expressing Opinions

  • Personally/Frankly I think that …
  • What I think is that …
  • It’s (quite) clear (to me) that …
  • I feel …
  • It’s obvious that …
  • In my opinion …
  • As far as I am concerned …
  • The way I look at it …
  • The way I see it…
  • It seems / appears to me …
  • If you ask me …
  • As far as I can tell …
  • To my mind …
  • To the best of my knowledge …
  • I’m quite sure that …

Asking for Clarification

  • Could you explain what you mean by … ?
  • What do you mean?
  • I’m sorry, but I’m not… clear about … clear on
  • I’m not sure I understand that
  • I’m not sure I follow you.

Giving Clarification

  • Well, what I’m trying to say is that …
  • All said…
  • What I really meant was …
  • What I really mean is …
  • What I’m really saying/trying to say is …
  • Sorry; let me explain it more clearly …
  • In another way …
  • Put another way…
  • Better said …
  • Let me put it in another way …
  • Expressing Agreement
  • I couldn’t agree more.
  • I agree entirely.
  • That’s exactly what I think.
  • I’d go along with you on that.
  • I think you have an interesting point.
  • Expressing disagreement
  • I honestly don’t see why …
  • I don’t think there is any need to …
  • I’m not sure I quite agree/I’ll go along with
  • You there/on that.
  • I don’t think it would be advisable to …
  • Yes, but on the other hand …
  • Yes, but you’ve got to remember that …
  • Well, to be quite honest …
  • I am afraid that …
  • Isn’t it possible that …?
  • What will happen if …?

Expressing Doubt

  • I take/see your point but …
  • I see what you mean but …
  • I agree with you on the whole but …
  • But don’t you think/see that …?
  • That’s true I suppose but …
  • That’s an interesting point of view/comment but …
  • Well, you have a point there but …
  • Might it not also be true that …?
  • Dealing with doubts and objections
  • You needn’t worry about …
  • Look at it in another way …
  • This may seem impossible/improbable to you but …

    Introducing a Point

  • I’m sure/convinced that …
  • It seems quite clear/obvious that …
  • Wouldn’t you agree/admit/say that …
  • The first/basic problem seems to be/ is …

Introducing an Opposite Point

  • I take/see your point but …
  • Possible/True, Yes, but …
  • On the other hand …
  • Looking at it from another point of view …
  • Buying time: fillers
  • Well …
  • Um … / er …
  • Actually …
  • You know/ see …
  • I see.
  • I/ you mean …
  • As a matter of fact …
  • Let’s see (now).
  • Now let me think/see.
  • I’ll have to think about it.
  • Frankly, …
  • To be (quite) honest/frank, …
  • In fact, …
  • I wonder …
  • The thing is …
  • It’s like this, you see …
  • What I’m trying to say is …
  • What I would say is …
  • Let’s put it this way …
  • I’ll tell you what …

Saying Things in Other Words/ Defining

with People:

  • It’s a person who works in …
  • someone you can find in …
  • somebody who is known for …
  • who …

with Places:

  • It’s a place where …
  • Time
  • It’s the time when …

with Things:

  • It’s something similar to …
  • like …
  • made of …
  • It’s a kind/ type of …
  • It’s a thing that is used to …
  • an object for …
  • People use it to …
  • for

Giving Reasons

  • This is why we have decided . . .
  • The main reason is . . .
  • Another equally important reason …
  • Our decision is …
  • Therefore, we strongly believe …
  • Highlighting
  • In fact, …
  • As a matter of fact …
  • In particular / Particularly …
  • Pinpointing the reference (for Examiner 2)
  • You mentioned …
  • Could I go back to the point you made regarding…
  • About … ?
  • I was interested in your comments on…

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