Useful Phrases for Discussions & Comments [Einfach Erklärt]

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Formulierungen für eine Diskussion auf Englisch …Useful Phrases Discussions and comments… Nützliche Ausdrücke in Englisch … Nützliche Phrasen Diskussionen …. Diskussionen auf Englisch

Useful phrases  : Having a discussion                          

What do you think?

I agree.

I disagree.

I don’t think so.

I think so, too.

In my opinion …

I can see your point, but …

I think you are right / wrong.

That’s one way of looking at it.

I don’t follow you.

On the one hand …,

on the other hand …

I don’t think that’s relevant.

I’m not sure.

One problem is that …

We should …

Was meinst du?

Ich stimme zu. / Ich bin deiner Meinung.

Ich bin anderer Meinung.

Das finde ich nicht.

Das finde ich auch.

Meiner Meinung nach … / Meines Erachtens …

Ich verstehe dein Argument, aber …

Ich denke, du has Recht / Unrecht.

So kann man’s auch sehen.

Ich verstehe nicht, was du meinst.

Einerseits …,

     andererseits …

Das finde ich nicht wichtig.

Ich bin mir nicht sicher.

Ein Problem ist, dass …

Wir sollten …

Sir und Mam ? Wie kann man diese verwenden?

Now try to prepare a short discussion about one of the following topics. Use some of the above phrases.

  • There is too much football on TV
  • smoking is a human right[1]
  • the car is our best invention[2]
  • top models are paid too much money
  • hunting[3] is cruel[4] and uncivilised
  • with money, you have it all
  • prisons are too comfortable[5]
  • fat is beautiful and thin is unnatural

[1] human right = Menschenrecht; [2] invention = Erfindung; [3] hunting = jagen, die Jagd

[4] cruel = grausam; [5] comfortable = bequem

Useful Phrases Discussions : Writing an argument, some helpful expressions

  • One / Another advantage / disadvantage is that …
  • Additionally, / In addition, one might say that …
  • Furthermore, …
  • Another point (to consider) is (the fact) that …
  • I think most people would agree that …
  • Some might object to this idea, though, because
  • Starting a family in one’s early twenties is simply out of the question because …
  • On the one hand … on the other hand …

Independent of, from oder to? [Welche Präposition ?]

Discussing an issue: some helpful expressions

Useful Phrases Discussions
Useful Phrases Discussions

Ways of adding aspects:                          Insisting on a point one has made:

  • In addition, (I would say) …              I think you’ve misinterpreted what I said …
  • What is more, …                               What I wanted to say is …
  • Plus the fact that …                          Let me put it this way …
  • Besides, …                                        That’s not what I said …
  • Furthermore,
  • What about …? 

            Giving examples:                           Contradicting:  

  • Yes, but don’t forget …
  • For example, …                                That may be so, but …
  • For instance, …                                 Even so …
  • That’s a good idea, but …
  • Take, for instance, …                         I don’t agree with you in this because …

Sagt man In oder at the beginning ?

Structuring a presentation


stating the subject, giving the reference where the text is to be found, telling the audience in what way the case will be presented (e.g. arguments in favor of or against the man’s decision; the man’s story including the comments of other people; a role play)

Main part:                                  

presentation of the subject itself, concentration on the most important facts supported by quotations from the article, if necessary; clear positions in a role play

Closing statement:                     

brief summary or conclusion, invitation to fellow students to react spontaneously to what has been presented or to ask questions

Useful Phrases Discussions and Connectors Englisch / Deutsch

German English (Useful Phrases Discussions)
im Großen und Ganzen (2x) on the whole

by and large

meiner Meinung nach (2x) in my opinion

to my mind

im Gegensatz zu in contrast to
außerdem (4x) in addition, moreover, besides, furthermore
aber, jedoch (2x) but, however
da, weil (2x) as, since
dennoch nevertheless
ich denke, ich finde… I think
daher, somit (2x) thus, hence
ich bin überzeugt von

ich bin überzeugt, dass

I am convinced of

I am convinced that

schlussfolgernd möchte ich sagen in conclusion I would like to say
folglich consequently
aufgrund von due to / because of
ähnlich, ebenso similarly
Ich stimme nicht überein mit… I do not agree with
aus meiner Sicht from my point of view
als Ergebnis von… as a result of
im Vergleich mit in comparison with
einerseits…andererseits on the one hand…., on the other hand
Ich bin der Meinung, dass I am of the opinion that
erstens… zweitens… firstly, …., secondly,…
Ich bin zu dem Schluss / der Schlussfolgerung gelangt, dass I have come to the conclusion that
in diesem Zusammenhang in this context
vorausgesetzt, dass provided that
ich muss in Betracht ziehen, dass (2x) (must = has to) I must / have to take into account that

I must consider that

schließlich finally
Ich möchte noch ein anderes Argument nennen I would like / want to make another point

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