People often ask me why I love languages so much. Well, I think the main reason is because I really like to travel and to discover new cultures and ways of thinking.
Learning and improving a new language is the key to better understanding other cultures. Speaking another language definitely expands your horizon and help you discover new ways to express yourself.
In this day and age, being monolingual will certainly limit your job opportunities, especially when working in Europe or Switzerland. Indeed, international companies prefer to hire bilingual or multilingual professionals as they better represent them internationally. In addition, many companies believe that employing bilinguals also helps in exploring new avenues with prospective clients from all around the world.
Qu’en pensez-vous? (What do you think about that?)
Do you feel comfortable conveying what you really have in mind when speaking French?
Here are 5 Great Tips to Express Your Opinion in French
1. Make Things Clear
When expressing your opinion on a specific subject, starting your sentences with the following expressions will help you sound more assertive, articulate and well-prepared.
- À mon avis, … (In my opinion)
- D’après moi, … (In my opinion)
- Selon moi, … (In my opinion)
- En ce qui me concerne, … (As far as I’m concerned…)
- Moi personnellement, … (Personally, …)
- Quant à moi, … (For my part, …)
- Si je ne me trompe pas, … (If I am not mistaken…)
- Il me semble que… (It seems to me that…)
- Je crois que… (I believe that…)
- Je pense que… (I think that…)
- Je trouve que… (I find that…)
2. Exprimez votre accord
Your colleague/partner asked your opinion about their idea/project, which you really concur with. Here are a few expressions to show your agreement:
- Absolument. (Absolutely)
- Exactement. (Exactly)
- Tout à fait. (Exactly)
- Parfaitement. (Perfectly.)
- Bien entendu. (Exactly)
- Bien sûr. (Of course, naturally.)
- Je suis (entièrement) d’accord. (I (entirely) agree with you.)
- Tu as (bien) raison. (You are (so) right.)
- Nous sommes du même avis. (We share the same opinion/agree.)
- Je pense comme toi. (I think like you.)
- Je suis de ton avis. (I share your opinion/agree.)
- Je suis d’accord avec toi. (I agree with you.)
3. Agree To Disagree
It is perfectly fine to disagree! Here are a few expressions to help you further express your opposition in a clear, respectful way:
- Je ne suis pas d’accord. (I disagree)
- Je crois que non. (I don’t think so.)
- Je ne pense pas. (I don’t think so.)
- J’ai changé d’avis et ma réponse est non. (I changed my mind and my answer is no.)
- Absolument pas. (Absolutely not. Strong)
- Bien sûr que non. (Of course not. Strong)
- Je ne partage pas ton avis. (I don’t share your opinion.)
- Je ne trouve pas. (I don’t find (that’s correct.))
- C’est inexact / faux. (That’s incorrect / wrong.)
- Vous avez tort. (You are wrong.)
- Vous vous trompez. (You are mistaken.)
4. I Have No Clue!
Sometimes, we just don’t know what to answer and need more time to think about something. It’s OK to admit it! Here is how:
- Je n’en ai aucune idée. (I have no idea.)
- Je n’en sais rien. (I have no clue.)
- Laissez-moi y penser. (Let me think about it.)
- Je vais y réfléchir à tête reposée et je vous en reparle demain. (I’ll think about it (calmly and take my time) and I’ll come back to you tomorrow.)
5. Ask For People’s Advice
My paternal grandfather, Lucien Nicolas, had a lot to do with my love of languages. He kept encouraging me to learn new languages, especially English, as he thought it is the best way to reach the highest spheres in life.
Lucien was from Bretagne, France. Of course, he could only speak French and, like many Bretons, he was une vraie tête de mule (stubborn as a mule!). After a few years living in Montreal and being very successful at his job as a machinist for a big aircraft company, his boss offered him the opportunity to become a contremaître (supervisor). That promotion however implied learning and speaking English. Unfortunately, he declined the offer, believing he could never learn a new language in his mid-forties. He told me that he always regretted his decision, which could have opened new doors for him and his family, had it been positive.
As far back as I can remember, Lucien always encouraged me to excel in English and other foreign languages. When I was less than 2 years old, he would take me out for a stroll in the streets of Ville d’Anjou, Montreal, and passers-by would be surprised by my eagerness to chat with them, using a language only toddlers could understand. When asked which language I was speaking, Lucien always answered: English, bien sûr!
Don’t be too hard on yourself when improving your French or English skills and, when in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask other bilinguals and native speakers for their advice.
- À ton avis, est-ce que c’est intéressant ? (Do you believe it is interesting?)
- Qu’est-ce que tu en penses ? (What do you think about it?)
- Je peux avoir ton avis sur… ? (Can you share your thoughts on… ?)
- Qu’est-ce que tu dis de ça ? (What do you say about that?)
- Tu crois que ça en vaut la peine ? (Do you believe it is worth it?)
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16 June 2017 / 11.15 AM – 1.45 PM / Hôtel Eastwest, Geneva
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