Conversation #4 – Expressing your opinion or point of view
The quality of your engagement in conversation shows how interested you really are. Many language learners seem “distant” to a native speaker in normal conversations, probably because the learner is working hard to process so many things at once. However the native speaker is very accustomed to quickly determining your interest and “comfort” of the topic and the people.
Therefore, giving your opinion about the subject at hand is very important. It also AUTOMATICALLY shows to others that your are willing and able to speak at length in English.
According to the graphic above there are VERY FREQUENT “openings” which can help you express CLARITY in a POSITIVE or a NEGATIVE way about a subject..
“What I mean (to say) is, [I don’t like it or I think it’s fantastic].”
This list of “openers” helps to introduce your opinion as a complete even a complex sentence with several Verb Phrases (Ex., “mean to say,” “is…”, “don’t + like”).
“I can do better than that.”
This is a statement of fact and could be considered ARROGANT.
“I believe [or “I think”I can do better than that.”
This is an opinion and as such has a softer impact in a conversation.