How to Argue in English

How to Argue in English

Nobody (except for the average lawyer) likes to celebrate an argument, but being able to have a successful argument in your second language is quite the accomplishment! If you can remember how to communicate and listen well in English while emotions are running high, you’re definitely well on your way to fluency. So, next time you find yourself in a disagreement, use some of these phrases remember these phrases and expressions. Remembering them will not only improve your linguistic skills, but it’ll help all parties involved feel heard and respected – what more could you want from an argument?

  1. “I see your point about ______. However, here is what I think about _____.”  With these two simple sentences, you’re acknowledging the other party’s point while also making space for your own. In order to accurately acknowledge someone’s point, you have to first listen to and understand it, or in other words, practice your listening comprehension. Who knew getting into a disagreement could be a great way to improve your oral comprehension score?
  2.  “That makes sense.”  You might not agree with everything the other party is saying (you’re arguing, after all) but this sentence lets the other person know that you have heard and understood what they said.
  3.  “My question would be….” This is a polite way of asking for further clarification on the other person’s point and challenging their argument, while remaining respectful.
  4.  “Let’s find middle ground.” To “find middle ground” is to find a place (between both of your positions) where you can agree. For example, if you want to have supper at 7 p.m. but the other party wants to eat at 5 p.m., finding middle ground would be deciding to both be happy eating at 6.

Are you getting along with everybody but still want to practice using these phrases and expressions? Don’t pick a fight just to practice your verbal dueling skills. Instead, come to our coffee break conversation classes and make friends to role play different scenarios and practice with. Or, join one of our online programs and connect to a network of learners just like you! LRDG offers all its learners access to its communication network: Chit Chat. The Chit Chat network easily connects users who are learning the same language, are at the same linguistic level, and who share common interests and work experiences. Thanks to Chit Chat, users can easily connect via text, audio or video chat.