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* 6 Positive Attitude in a Conversation (p.1 of 2)

 

6.1�� When you demonstrate that you understand a speaker�s point

 

I understand what you�re saying.�� Listen�� <�In our situation every penny counts.� � �I understand what you�re saying. Let�s be frugal.�>

Understood.�� Listen�� <�You are not supposed to do that under any circumstances.� � �Understood.�>

I know.�� Listen�� <�My sister is a librarian. She works long hours, but her pay is hardly adequate.� � �I know. I had a job like that.�>

I know what you�re talking about.�� Listen�� A �I understand what you are talking about.��� <�Alaskan climate is no fun.�� �I know what you�re talking about. I don�t like cold, long winters either.�>

I know what you mean.�� Listen�� A �I know what you are talking about.��� <�The transatlantic flight was so long! And a baby was screaming all the time.� � �I know what you mean. Long flights are boring and tiresome.�>

I see what you mean.�� Listen�� <�If housing prices go down again, we are in trouble.� � �I see what you mean.�>

I see what you�re saying.�� Listen�� <�Everything has a beginning and an end. Our ordeal began a while ago. I�m expecting to see its end soon.� � �I see what you�re saying.�>

I can see what you�re saying.�� Listen�� <�Education doesn't guarantee that you'll get a good job, but it increases your chances.� � �I can see what you�re saying.�>

I can see that.�� Listen�� <�A marriage requires at least mutual respect to be a happy one.� � �I can see that.�>

I see where you�re coming from.�� Listen�� <�If unemployment is high, there may be no economic recovery. How can jobless people push the economy forward?� � �I see where you�re coming from. There�s logic in what you�re saying.�>

I got you.�� Listen�� <�Don�t forget to buy some milk at the grocery store.� � �I got you.�>

Gotcha.�� Listen�� A �Got you. I got what you said.��� <�We mustn�t allow it to happen.� � �Gotcha. It won�t happen, I promise.�>

I got it!�� Listen�� A �I understand it.��� <�You have to listen to the boss, young man.� � �I got it!�>

I follow you.�� Listen�� <�When you study hard, you get encouraging results. And when you are happy with your achievements, your life gets better. Do you follow me?� � �I follow you.�>

I�m there with you.�� Listen�� <�The government implemented drastic measures in the hope that the economic situation would improve. I would like to see some tangible results, though.� � �I�m there with you. The taxpayers should eventually get a return on their money, shouldn�t they?�>

I hear you.�� Listen�� A �I completely understand your point.��� <�Johnson, I need your report tomorrow.� � �I hear you, boss.�>

I hear what you�re saying�� Listen�� <�This hotel is pretty expensive. And there are vacancies in other hotels nearby.� � �I hear what you are saying. Let�s look around.�>

Point well-taken.�� Listen�� A �I have understood your point well.��� <�A gentleman should open a door for a lady and let her in first.� � �Point well-taken.�>

Roger.�� Listen�� A �Received. Right. I hear you.��� <�We have to go now.� � �Roger.�>

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6.2�� When you express agreement with a speaker

 

Yes.�� Listen�� <�Would you like a piece of pie?� � �Yes, please.�>

OK or Okay.�� Listen�� Amisspelled All correct, I agree.��� <�Would you like a cup of tea?� � �OK, thank you.�>

Sure.�� Listen�� A �No doubt. I agree.��� <�Would you like a beer?� � �Sure, thanks.�>

For sure.�� Listen�� A �For certain, with certainty, unquestionably.��� <�I think, we are the best basketball team in town.� � �Yes, we are for sure.�>

Sure thing.�� Listen�� A �This event is certain.��� <�Are you going to support my proposal at the meeting?� � �Sure thing.�>

Of course.�� Listen�� A �In a proper way, naturally, without deviation.��� <�Do you think I should call a doctor?� � �Of course you should. You don�t look well at all.�>

Certainly�� Listen�� A �It is unquestionably so. I strongly agree.��� <�Can you please bring the suitcases to my room?� � �Certainly, ma�am.�>

Definitely.�� Listen�� A �It is definitely so. I strongly agree.��� <�Will you attend my sister�s wedding?� � �Definitely. I�m eager to see her happy.�>

Absolutely.�� Listen�� A �It is unconditionally so. I strongly agree.��� <�Did you like your trip to Mexico?� � �Absolutely! I�m planning on going there again.�>

You got it.�� Listen�� A �Consider it in your possession. You got the right answer. You are right.��� <�I made some changes in our travel arrangements. I hope you will approve them.� � �You got it. I like them.�>

You bet.�� Listen�� A �You can make a bet on that. This is certain.��� <�Can you give me a lift downtown?� � �You bet. Get in the car.�>

No problem.�� Listen�� A �This is causing no problem.��� <�Can you help me in the garden?� � �No problem. What do you want me to do?�>

By all means.�� Listen�� A �In every manner, in every way, absolutely.��� <�Will you come to dinner tomorrow?� � �Yes, by all means.�>

Super.�� Listen�� <�Would you like to see a new movie?� � �Super. Which one?�>

Great.�� Listen�� <�How about going to the beach this week-end?� � �Great, I�d love to.�>

Sounds good.�� Listen�� A �It sounds good to me. I agree.��� <�Would you like to go for a walk?� � �Okay, sounds good.�>

All right.�� Listen�� A �Everything is right. I agree.��� <�How about some more cake?� � �All right, mother.�>

Right.�� Listen�� A �Correct. You are right. I agree.��� <�I think, she is snobbish.� � �Right. And a bit arrogant, too.�>

You�re right.�� Listen�� <�I think the garden needs more water.� � �You�re right. I can help you with watering.�>

Right you are!�� Listen�� <�Some things are getting more expensive.� � �Right you are! Many things are not affordable anymore.�>

You�re right on the money.�� Listen�� A �You are absolutely right.��� <�I heard your speech on the current economic situation. You are right on the money.�>

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6.3�� When you express agreement with a speaker�s point

 

It�s to the point.�� Listen�� A �It expresses the main idea precisely.��� <�I like the conclusion of your speech. It�s to the point.�>

I agree.�� Listen�� <�Our investment in alternative sources of energy will be profitable.� � �I agree.�>

I agree with you one hundred per cent.�� Listen�� <�We have to keep looking for alternative sources of energy.� � �I agree with you one hundred percent.�>

That�s right.�� Listen�� A �What you said is right.��� <�Solar power is a promising alternative source of energy.� � �That�s right.�>

That�s for certain.�� Listen�� <�Deep-ocean oil drilling is an environmental threat.� � �That�s for certain.�>

That�s for sure.�� Listen�� <�We can�t burn oil eternally.� � �That�s for sure.�>

That�s true.�� Listen�� <�Oil and natural gas are in limited supply on the planet.� � �That�s true.�>

That goes without saying.�� Listen�� A �It is so true that we don�t need to discuss it. That is beyond question.� ��<�Success is usually the result of diligent work.� � �Oh, that goes without saying.�>

There�s no doubt about it.�� Listen�� A �It cannot be questioned. It�s certain.� ��<�Burning of fossil fuels results in global pollution.� � �There is no doubt about it.�>

Without a doubt.�� Listen�� <�Pollution should be stopped before we all get poisoned with industrial waste.� � �Without a doubt. The sooner, the better.�>

I accept that.�� Listen�� A �I agree with what you said.� ��<�Alternative sources of energy can only supplement fossil fuel, but not substitute it completely.� � �I accept that.�>

I have no problem with that.�� Listen�� A �I don�t disagree with that.� ��<�I will show you some calculations that demonstrate the effectiveness of solar panels.� � �Please do. I have no problem with that.�>

I can�t argue with that.�� Listen�� A �I can�t dispute what you said.� ��<�The more plastic bottles we recycle, the more trees we save.� � �I can�t argue with that.�>

That�s a good idea.�� Listen�� <�We�ve got to produce more solar power in the southern part of the U.S.� � �That�s a good idea.�>

Well said.�� Listen�� A �You said it well.� ��<�Our planet is not a trash can.� � �Well said!�>

You said it!�� Listen�� A �You said it well.� ��<�Our environmental movement has a terrific leader.� � �You said it!�>

I�ll drink to that!�� Listen�� A �I salute what you said.� ��<�One day, all the cars in the world will be environmentally friendly.� � �I�ll drink to that!�>

I wish I�d said that.�� Listen�� A �I wish this cleaver idea belonged to me.� ��<�A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.� � �I wish I�d said that.� � �I wish I had said it first.�>

You took the words right out of my mouth.�� Listen�� A �I just wanted to say that.� ��<�This new legislation is just a beginning.� � �You took the words right out of my mouth. We have to push the government in the right direction.�>

That�s what I say.�� Listen�� A �I agree with what has just been said and I am ready to say it myself.� ��<�Humanity is responsible for the environment.� � �That�s what I say. We all are responsible.�>

You can say that again.�� Listen�� A �You are so right that you can repeat your words.� ��<�Boy, this air is clean.� � �You can say that again. I like to walk by the sea.�>

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6.4�� When you express like-mindedness

 

So do I.�� Listen�� A �I do too.� ��<�I believe preservation of nature is important.� � �So do I. I believe it�s vital.�>

Me too.�� Listen�� A �I do too. I am too. I feel the same.� ��<�The State adopted a new water conservation program. I like it.� � �Me too. I am going to write them a letter.�>

That makes two of us.�� Listen�� A �You and I agree on that matter.� ��<�They issued a new report on National Parks. I find their conclusions incorrect.� � �That makes two of us. I want to verify their data.�>

I�m with you.�� Listen�� A �I am of your opinion on this matter.� ��<�The government should play a vital role in the protection of our environment.� � �I�m with you. Activities of private business should be regulated.�>

I�m like you.�� Listen�� A �You and I have something in common.� ��<�I like to walk by the sea.� � �I�m like you. I like fresh air.�>

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6.5�� When you express agreement because of your full awareness

 

Don�t I know it!�� Listen�� A �I know it myself.� ��<�The typical summer is hot and damp in New York City.� � �Don�t I know it! I was born in New York.�>

You�re telling me!�� Listen�� A �I know it well because I experienced it myself.� ��<�The greenhouse effect is killing African animals in summer.� � �You�re telling me! In summer, it�s killing people in New York City.�>

Tell me about it!�� Listen�� A �I sympathize with you because I have my own negative experience with it.� ��<�One of my girls is getting married. It�s a hectic time in our family.� � �Tell me about it! I remember my daughter�s wedding.�>

Don�t say it!�� Listen�� A �I know it pretty well, so you don�t need to say it.� ��<�Bob, your white shirt is very dirty.� � �Oh, don�t say it! Some guy poured his coffee on me in the cafeteria.�>

You don�t say.�� Listen ��<�Oh, my! Taxes are getting higher and higher.� � �You don�t say. At the same time, wages aren�t growing.�>

I�ve been there.�� Listen�� A �I know it pretty well because I went through it myself.� ��<�I hate Friday business meetings. They are so boring.� � �I know what you mean. I�ve been there.�>

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