Style - discuss a topic

These are SPOKEN. See the "write a" section of the Style pages for language you can use in your essay (Most of those are too formal for a normal discussion. )

Giving your opinion

Personally, I think (that)

I (don't) think

In my opinion

My opinion is that

My view on this is that

I (don't) believe

Agreeing and disagreeing

Give your level of agreement say why and/or disagree
I agree that X , however
I agree up to a point , but
I agree with you/Miku , since
I mostly agree with you/Miku , because
I see your point , partly since
I'm not sure I agree , mainly as
, for two reasons. First
. One reason is that
. The main reason is

Signposting back to something said earlier

You don't always immediately disagree with what was said, so later you need to refer back.

To agree

Neutral or to disagree


Leader: Opening the floor

Any comments/suggestions/opinions (on that)?

Anyone have anything to add?

Anyone else?

Leader: Getting someone (quiet) to speak

What do you think, NAME?

What's your opinion, NAME?

How about you?

Would you/anyone like to add anything?

Does anyone have a question for NAME?

Leader: Getting feedback

Do you agree with (name)?

What do you think about NAME's idea?

Checking what someone said (reflecting)

CHecking others understand

Holding/Getting the floor

Don't forget normal conversation rules

If you're listening, use aizuchi

If you're speaking, use fillers

See make small talk


OK, so I think we're finished with this topic. Who's next?

Follow up: Challenge facts and get details

Specifically? Specifically,
How come? Because
Why? Mainly since
What makes you think that? I saw/heard/read
For example? For example,
For instance? For instance
Can you give an example? Well, one would be (that/when/where)

Giving details/reasons/examples