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  • Hello everyone. My name is Emma, and in today's lesson we are going to look at ways to give

    哈囉,大家好!我的名字是 Emma ,在今天的課程中,我們要談的是如何

  • your opinion. So this video is very useful for anyone who will be writing the IELTS exam,


  • the TOEFL exam, as well as anyone who wants to become a better speaker or a better writer.


  • Okay, so in this video we will first look at some common expressions we use to give


  • our opinion, and we will look at ways to strengthen these expressions to make them stronger and


  • to show that we feel very strongly or not so strong about something.


  • Okay, so let's begin. I have here the most common way to give your opinion: "I think..."


  • So why do I have an "x" here? Well the problem is students overuse "I think..." "I think

    為什麼我在這裡畫一個「x」呢?問題出在於,學生們太常使用"I think..."「我覺得這個,

  • this, I think that, I think this, I think that." It gets very boring. And so if you're


  • doing the TOEFL or the IELTS, the problem with using "I think..." is you're going to

    托福或是雅思,使用 "I think..." 的問題在於,你會得到較低的分數

  • get a lower mark because that's considered basic English usage. So in order to get a


  • higher mark or if you're just interested in becoming a better speaker or writer, I've


  • listed some expressions that will really help aid you in expressing your opinion. So let's


  • look at some other expressions you can use. And these all pretty much mean "I think..."


  • So the first expression: "As far as I'm concerned," okay? "As far as I'm concerned,...". Okay,

    第一是: "As far as I'm concerned," 可以嗎? "As far as I'm concerned,...",好的,

  • one question you often get on IELTS, on TOEFL is: "Should boys and girls go to the same


  • school or should they go to different schools?" What I could say or I could write: "As far


  • as I'm concerned, boys and girls should go to separate schools." Okay? One thing that's


  • important to note: there's a comma. "As far as I'm concerned," and then you write your

    這裡有個逗號,"As far as I'm concerned," 接著你接上你的

  • opinion. Okay? Our next expression: "In my opinion,..." This

    意見,好嗎?我們的下一個是:"In my opinion,..." 這比

  • is better than "I think" -- it's still a bit overused though. So I would recommend using

    "I think" 還要好一些...雖然這也有點太常被使用了。所以,我會比較

  • some of these other expressions. But "In my opinion,..." is still okay to use, just don't

    推薦用這些其他的句型。但是, "In my opinion,..." 還是可以拿來用,只是不要

  • use it too often. "In my opinion, in my opinion," -- I guess if we use the same example as before


  • --, "boys and girls should go to separate schools." Okay?


  • Our next expression, again, it means the same thing as "I think...", it's just a nicer way


  • to say it. I've given you two options. You can say: "It seems to me that..." or "It appears

    友善的說法,我給了你兩個選擇。你可以說: "It seems to me that..." 或 "It appears

  • to me that..." These are excellent to use in writing. So if you're doing the TOEFL essay

    to me that..." 這在寫作中非常的好用,所以,如果你在寫托福的短文

  • where you give your opinion on something, agree or disagree essay, or the IELTS essay


  • this is a good one to use. One question that's often asked in the TOEFL


  • and I think also the IELTS: "Do parents make the best teachers? Do you agree or disagree?"


  • So I could say: "It seems to me that parents do make the best teachers.", "It seems to


  • me that parents do not make the best teachers." Notice one other thing about this expression,


  • whereas we have a comma here and here, "It seems to me that..." there's no comma. Okay?

    儘管我們這裡和這裡都有一個逗號,"It seems to me that..." 這裡是沒有逗號的。可以嗎?

  • So any time we have "that", you don't have to worry about a comma.

    因此,只要我們有"that" ,你就不需要擔心是否要有逗號

  • Okay, our next expression: "I would argue that..." So again, we have "that", no comma.

    好的,我們的下一個是:"I would argue that..." 一樣的,我們有"that",所以不用逗號

  • "I would argue that the death penalty is not a good form of punishment." Often times, the


  • TOEFL may ask you if you agree or disagree with the death penalty. You could use: "I


  • would argue that the death penalty is the best way to deal with criminals." So it all


  • depends on your opinion, but you can either agree or disagree with this statement.


  • Another way to say "I think...": "From my point of view," or "From my perspective,"

    另一種說「我覺得...」的方式: "From my point of view," 或是 "From my perspective,"

  • Okay? Notice we have a comma for both of these. "From my point of view," okay, so now I'm


  • not going to use an IELTS or TOEFL example, I'm going to use a superhero example. "From


  • my point of view, Cyclops is a horrible superhero." So again, just for anyone who likes to argue,


  • this is a good one to use. The last one is a very high formal way of


  • saying your opinion. "I am inclined to believe that..." So you wouldn't use this with your

    來訴說你的意見。"I am inclined to believe that..." 你不會對你的朋友們

  • friends. If you have an argument with your friends, maybe you're talking about the best


  • place to live in the world or the best place to travel to, if you said: "I'm inclined to


  • believe that France is a great place to visit." Your friends would find your language too


  • formal. But you can use this in writing, in formal writing. If you're writing the TOEFL


  • or the IELTS, you can use this expression. And again, at the end we have "that", we don't

    或雅思的測驗,你就可以用這個,同樣的,在最後面有"that" 這個字,因此並不需要

  • have a comma. Okay? So be aware that if you use any of these expressions with "that",

    逗號,可以嗎?所以,要注意,如果你用的是有 "that" 這個字的句型

  • when you write them you do not need a comma whereas for the other ones that don't have

    當你在寫作時,你不需要加上逗號,反之,如果是其餘沒有 "that"的那些

  • "that", use a comma and then write if you agree, or disagree, or what you think.


  • Okay, so now we're going to look at some commonly spoken expressions. These were written expressions


  • -- or you can speak them --, now we're just going to look at some spoken expressions.


  • Okay, so in the IELTS there is a speaking section where you talk to an examiner and


  • what they're looking for is normal language use. So they want you to use everyday language,


  • everyday expressions when you speak and give your opinion. They don't really want you to


  • use very high academic, high level, pompous language; I don't know a better way to put


  • it. They don't want you to use complicated language. They want you to use everyday language


  • when you talk to the examiner. So I have here four expressions. So whether


  • you want to improve your speaking and become a better conversationalist with your friends


  • or do well on the IELTS speaking section, these four expressions are really good for


  • giving your opinion when you say it, not when you write it.


  • So the first one I have: "If you ask me, _______." "If you ask me,

    第一個是:"If you ask me, _______."「如果你問我,

  • Star Trek is better than Star Wars." Now of course that's not an academic example; they


  • would never ask anything like that on the IELTS. They'd probably ask you: "Do you think


  • books are better than movies?" Or "Do you think living in a city is better than living in a town?"


  • Another way to give your opinion: "To be honest, _______."

    另一種說明你的意見的方式是:"To be honest, _______."

  • -"To be honest, I think living in a city is better than living in a small town."


  • -"Personally speaking, I think city life has more to offer than country life."


  • -"From what I gather, people enjoy living in a city more than they enjoy living in the


  • country." Okay? So these are all just spoken ways to


  • give your opinion.


  • Okay, another way to score high on both the TOEFL and the IELTS, this has to do with both


  • the written section and the speaking section, is to show contrast with other people's opinions.


  • Okay? So instead of just saying: "I think that this is good because...", "I think that


  • is horrible because..." A better thing to do is contrast your opinion with other people's


  • opinions who you disagree with. So you may say something like: "Some people may disagree


  • with me, but as far as I'm concerned... As far as I'm concerned..." --what's a good example?


  • -- "Travelling by car is better than travelling by airplane." Okay?


  • And when you contrast, words that they'll be looking for that will help boost your mark:


  • "although", "even though". So these are contrast words that can really help you in writing.


  • So you could say: "Although some people may disagree with me," -- you get rid of the "but"


  • if you use one of these two words. -- "Although some people may disagree with me, as far as

    你要把 "but"(但是)去掉 –「雖然有些人可能不同意我的看法,就我而言

  • I'm concerned watching Lord of the Rings, all three episodes back-to-back is a bad idea.",


  • "Even though some people may think that making a lot of money is great, I think that there


  • are other important things to life."


  • So these are just various opinions. They ask you all sorts of different things on the IELTS


  • and the TOEFL. But if you can use "although", "even though"... and it's two parts. So the


  • first part is what other people think, comma if you're writing this, and then you have


  • an opinion expression: "as far as I'm concerned...", "in my opinion...", "I believe..." and then


  • you say what you think. So this will really help your IELTS or TOEFL mark.


  • So sometimes when you're asked your opinion, people want to know if you agree or disagree


  • with a statement, and they want to know: how much do you agree or disagree? So one question


  • you will often see on IELTS or TOEFL, they'll say a statement, so for example: "Do you think


  • people with more money are more successful in life?", "To what extent..." -- or sorry,


  • they'll say: "People in life with more money are more successful." So they'll say a statement,


  • and then they'll ask: "To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement?"


  • It's a very common essay question in both the TOEFL and IELTS.


  • So what we're going to look at now is: how can we add a degree to our answer for our


  • opinion? Okay? So where you see the blue: "somewhat", "partially", "I suppose I _______",

    來表達我們的意見呢?好的。在你看到標示藍色的地方:"somewhat"、 "partially"、 "I suppose I _______"

  • I'll go over those in a minute, but these are all ways to say: "Uh, I kind of agree."


  • So you're not strong in what you're saying; you're kind of on the fence. Whereas if you


  • see this red line: "I am confident that...", "absolutely", "totally", "strongly", "completely",

    看到紅線的地方: "I am confident that..."、 "absolutely"、 "totally"、 "strongly"、 "completely"

  • this section is when you're very sure of your opinion; you feel very strongly about something.


  • Okay? So let me give you some examples. So the example I just gave: "People with more


  • money are more successful. Do you agree or disagree, and to what extent do you agree


  • or disagree?" So what I could say is: "I somewhat agree." Meaning not 100%, but I agree a little

    程度。」我可以說:「我有點同意。」代表著,不是 100% ,但我有一點點同意;

  • bit; I somewhat agree. "I partially agree." Could also say: "I suppose I agree with that


  • statement." "I suppose I agree that people with more money are more successful." But


  • again, this shows you're not 100% sure.

    再重申一次,這代表你不是 100% 同意

  • Whereas if I say: "I am confident that people with more money are more successful." It means


  • you're sure. "I absolutely agree that people with more money are more successful." In this


  • case, with "absolutely", you probably wouldn't write this, but this is a good thing to say


  • to maybe an IELTS speaker. Same with "totally" -- it's not formal English, you wouldn't use

    雅思的測驗來說,是個很好的說話方式,和 "totally" 一樣,這不是正式英語,你不會將這個

  • this in an essay, but in speech you might say: "I totally agree with that statement."


  • "Strongly" can be used in an essay. "I strongly agree that teachers are very important to

    "Strongly" 這個字可以用在短文中,「我非常的同意:老師們對於

  • the education system." "Completely", again, like "totally" and "absolutely" is... you

    教育機制來說非常的重要,這個說法。」"Completely",一樣的,意近於 "totally" 和 "absolutely"是...

  • wouldn't use it in academic writing so much. You would use it in speech if in the IELTS


  • exam somebody asked you your opinion, you might use "completely", "totally", or "absolutely".

    有人想你詢問你的意見,你或許會用"completely" 、"totally"或 "absolutely"

  • So the reason I'm telling you that these are good... you can get higher marks on both the


  • TOEFL and the IELTS if you add a degree to your opinion. So instead of just saying: "I


  • think..." it's good to use one of the expressions I taught you. "As far as I'm concerned,",

    覺得...」可以用我教你的句型中的任一種的話,會更好, 「就我而言,」、

  • "If you ask me," these are all great expressions, as well as it's good to give a degree to the


  • expression. -"How much do you agree?" -"Strongly", "Somewhat", "Completely". Okay? So if you


  • ask me, anyone who uses these tips, they are going to improve their mark for the IELTS


  • and the TOEFL. I am confident of that.


  • If you want practice to make sure that you understand these expressions and can use them


  • correctly in a sentence, come visit our website at Okay? Until next time,

    將他們運用在句子當中,請來造訪我們的網站 ,好嗎?直到下次之前

  • good luck and take care.


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