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Smalltalk auf Englisch - Höflich dafür oder dagegen sein

Schlagwörter: Smalltalk auf Englisch, Smalltalk Englisch, Kompliment Englisch, Kompliment auf Englisch, Englisch Kompliment, Höflich dafür oder dagegen sein, conversing,

When engaging in small talk or conversing with others in the office, one of the things that’s always difficult is knowing just how to express your opinion without making a bad impression or offending someone. As long as you’re in agreement, expressing your opinion seems easy. But when it comes to being uncertain or outright disagreeing, keeping things friendly requires the right words. The good news is that there are established phrases you can learn and use. Because native speakers know these phrases well, they signal friendly intent despite content that might otherwise create discontent.

Adding a neutral opinion

Adding your opinion to a conversation in a way that doesn’t really agree or disagree with anything being said is straightforward. The most frequently used phrase for doing this is:

I think …
Other useful phrases are:

In my view …
In my opinion …
I tend to think that …
I guess that …
I’d probably say that …
I feel that …
I presume that …
I gather that …
As I see it …
My impression is that …


All of the above can of course be declined using pronouns or names:
In his view …
Janice’s impression is that …



Adding a strong opinion
Sometimes you wish to add your opinion to the conversation in a way that underscores the depth of your belief or the adamance of your position. With these, there is still no feeling of agreement or disagreement:

I’m sure that …
I’m certain that …
I’m convinced that …
I have no doubt that …


You can additionally strengthen your conviction using the words completely, strongly and absolutely:

I’m absolutely sure that …
I’m strongly convinced that …


Clarifying
If you have just expressed a strong opinion that may spoil the mood, you can follow it immediately with a clarification that ensures your statement will not be misinterpreted:

By this I mean …
Here I’m referring to …
To be more precise, …


Expressing a critical opinion
Everything you say is your opinion unless you directly say it is someone else’s. If you wish to say something critical, it’s a good idea to preface it with one of these emotionally neutralising phrases:

If you ask me, …
To be honest (with you), …
As far as I’m concerned, …


Agreement
Agreeing with what is being said is the easiest way to move closer to others. You’re one of the club. Show your agreement with the following:

I agree with that.
I agree with this view.
You’re right.
Exactly.
I couldn’t agree more.


Once again, you can strengthen your agreement using the words completely, strongly and absolutely:

I completely agree with this view.
You’re absolutely right.


Partial agreement
Normally, if someone says something you don’t quite agree with, you can just let it ride. Sometimes, however, you might feel you have to raise an objection. This helps the other speaker know that a boundary has been reached. This usually results in a new conversational direction.

I agree with this point of view, but...
This idea is right, but...
I agree with you, but...
You are right up to the point where you say that …
You might be right about that, but …
I wouldn’t quite say that.
Do you really think so?


Disagreement
Typically you wouldn’t outright disagree with someone during small talk unless the conversation has developed into a friendly but philosophical debate. You would start using phrases of partial disagreement. If you’re speaking with someone who is completely clueless and continues crossing the lines you draw, feel free to disagree. Use these phrases to keep things friendly and professional:

I’ll have to disagree with you there.
I’m afraid I disagree with that.
I’m not sure I agree with you on that point.


If you feel it is time to completely put the brakes on the conversation, use one of these:

I’m afraid I just can’t see eye to eye with you on that.
I’m afraid we’ll just have to agree to disagree.


At this point, the best thing to do is abruptly change the topic. Allowing the topic to proceed usually destroys any relationship you have built.

Asking for an opinion

What do you think?
How do you see the situation?
What’s your view on the situation?
How do you respond to this line of thinking?
What are your thoughts?
Don’t you agree?
Do you agree?

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