5-4 “Discussing Different Points of View”

Module 5, Unit 4

“Discussing Different Points of View”

Base Sentences – (646-660)

646 You have your point of view, and I have mine.

646 У вас есть ваша точка зрения, а у меня свой.

647 You approach it in a different way than I do.

647 Вы приближаетесь к нему по-другому, чем я.

648 I won’t argue with you, but I think you’re being unfair.

648 Я не буду спорить с вами, но я думаю, что вы несправедливы.

649 That’s a liberal point of view.

649 Это либеральная точка зрения.

650 He seems to have a lot of strange ideas.

650 Он, кажется, есть много странных идей.

651 I don’t see any point in discussing the question any further.

651 Я не вижу никакого смысла обсуждать вопрос дальше.

652 What alternatives do I have?

652 Какие альтернативы есть у меня?

653 Everyone is entitled to his own opinion.

653 Каждый человек имеет право на собственное мнение.

654 There are always two sides to everything.

654 Есть всегда две стороны все.

655 We have opposite views on this.

655 У нас есть противоположные точки зрения по этому вопросу.

656 Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start an argument.

656 Пожалуйста, простите меня. Я не хотела, чтобы начать аргумент.

657 I must know your opinion. Do you agree with me?

657 Я должен знать ваше мнение. Согласны ли вы со мной?

658 What point are you trying to make?

658 Какой смысл вы пытаетесь сделать?

659 Our views are not so far apart, after all.

659 Наши взгляды не так уж далеки друг от друга, в конце концов.

660 We should be able to resolve our differences.

660 Мы должны быть в состоянии разрешить наши разногласия.

Verb Study

1. approach =

(A) You approach it in a different way than I do. (B) She approaches everything in a peculiar way. (C) When you approached the house, did you notice anything different? (D) We’re approaching the river now. (A) вы приближаетесь к нему по-другому, чем я. (B) Она ко всему подходит своеобразно. (C) Когда вы подошли к дому, вы заметили что-то другое? (D) Мы приближаемся к реке сейчас.

2. argue, discuss =

(A) I won’t argue with you, but I think you’re being unfair. (B) She always argues about everything. (C) Why are you arguing with me now? (D) He argued with me for two hours last night. (E) I don’t see any point in discussing the question any further. (F) He discusses most of his problems with me. (G) Have you ever discussed this with anybody else? (A) Я не буду спорить с вами, но я думаю, что вы несправедливы. (B) Она всегда утверждает, обо всем. (C) Почему вы спорите со мной? (D) Он спорил со мной в течение двух часов вчера вечером. (E) Я не вижу никакого смысла обсуждать вопрос дальше. (F) Он обсуждает большинство его проблемы со мной. (G) Вы когда-нибудь обсуждали это с кем-либо еще?

3. be entitled (to) =

(A) Everyone is entitled to his own opinion. (B) She’s entitled to have her own opinion, isn’t she? (C) They were entitled to have their own opinion. (А) каждый человек имеет право на свое собственное мнение. (B) Она вправе иметь собственное мнение, не так ли? (C) они имеют право иметь собственное мнение.

4. forgive =

(A) Please forgive me. (B) I’ve already forgiven you. (C) I hope he forgives me. I didn’t mean to start an argument. (A) Пожалуйста, простите меня. (B) я уже простил вас. (C) Я надеюсь, что он прощает меня. Я не хотела, чтобы начать аргумент.

5. mean to =

(A) I didn’t mean to start, an argument. (B) I haven’t meant to bother you. (C) So you think she means to start an argument? (D) I’ve been meaning to call you, but I’ve been busy. (А) Я не хотела, чтобы начать, аргумент. (B) Я не означало, что беспокою вас. (C) Таким образом, вы думаете, что она означает, начать ссору? (D) я как раз хотела позвонить, но я был занят.

6. agree =

(A) I must know your opinion. Do you agree with me? (B) She agrees with me most of the time. (C) He agreed with me at first; then he changed his mind. (D) I’m agreeing with you now, but I may change my mind later. (A) я должен знать Ваше мнение. Согласны ли вы со мной? (B) Она согласен со мной большую часть времени. (C) Он согласился со мной в первый, а потом передумал. (D) Я согласен с вами, но я могу изменить свое решение позже.

7. resolve =

(A) We should be able to resolve our differences. (B) They resolved their differences and became good friends again. (C) How did he resolve his problem? (A) Мы должны быть в состоянии разрешить наши разногласия. (Б) они разрешили свои разногласия и стали хорошими друзьями. (C) Как он решить свои проблемы?

Word/Phrase Sentence Substitution Drills

1a You have your point of view, and I have mine.

1b You have your viewpoint, and I have mine.

1c You have your belief, and I have mine.

1d You have your opinion, and I have mine.

1e You have your ideas, and I have mine.

2a You approach it in a different way than I do.

2b You view it in a different way than I do.

2c You look at it in a different way than I do.

2d You conceive of it in a different way than I do.

2e You visualize it in a different way than I do.

3a Are you being fair? Have you listened to both sides of the question?

3b Are you being fair? Have you considered both sides of the question?

3c Are you being fair? Have you thought over both sides of the question?

4a I won’t argue with you, but I think you’re being unfair.

4b I won’t argue with you, but I think you’re being stubborn.

4c I won’t argue with you, but I think you’re being narrow-minded.

4d I won’t argue with you, but I think you’re being impractical.

4e I won’t argue with you, but I think you’re being childish.

5a That’s a liberal point of view.

5b That’s a conservative point of view.

5c That’s a radical point of view.

5d That’s a selfish point of view.

5e That’s a narrow point of view.

6a He seems to have a lot of strange ideas.

6b He seems to have a lot of funny ideas.

6c He seems to have a lot of peculiar ideas.

6d He seems to have a lot of bright ideas.

6e He seems to have a lot of clever ideas.

6f He seems to have a lot of practical ideas.

7a I don’t see any point in discussing the question any further.

7b I don’t see any point in considering the question any further.

7c I don’t see any point in arguing the question any further.

7d I don’t see any point in debating the question any further.

8a What alternatives do I have?

8b What choice do I have?

8c What other choice do I have?

9a Everyone is entitled to his own opinion.

9b Everyone has a right to his own opinion.

9c Everyone deserves the right to his own opinion.

10a There are always two sides to everything.

10b There are always two sides to every argument.

10c There are always several different points of view.

10d There are always differences in people’s viewpoints.

11a We have opposite views on this.

11b We have conflicting views on this.

11c We have widely different views on this.

11d We have opposing views on this.

12a Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start an argument.

12b Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a long discussion.

12c Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a debate.

12d Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a quarrel.

12e Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a conflict.

12f Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a fight.

12g Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a riot.

12h Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a revolution.

13a I must know your opinion. Do you agree with me?

13b I must know your opinion. Are you on my side?

13c I must know your opinion. Do you disagree with me?

13d I must know your opinion. Are you against me?

13e I must know your opinion. Are you for or against me?

13f I must know your opinion. Are you in agreement with me?

13g I must know your opinion. Do you more or less agree with me?

14a What point are you trying to make?

14b What point are you trying to prove?

14c What point are you trying to get across?

14d What point are you trying to put across?

15a Our views are not so far apart, after all.

15b Our views are not so close together, after all.

15c Our views are not so much alike, after all.

15d Our views are not so widely different, after all.

16a We should be able to resolve our differences.

16b We should be able to settle our differences.

16c We should be able to reconcile our differences.

16d We should be able to discuss our differences.

16e We should be able to talk about our differences.

17a The debate was fair. Each opponent had a chance to speak.

17b The debate was fair. Each opponent had a chance to present his argument.

17c The debate was fair. Each opponent had a chance to answer all questions.

17d The debate was fair. Each opponent had a chance to present his point of view.

Reading Practice

Some people are always starting an argument. They often have very little information on the subject, but this doesn’t matter. They have strong beliefs, anyway. There’s no point in debating with people like this because you can never resolve anything. Некоторые люди всегда вступая в пререкания. Они часто имеют очень мало информации по этому вопросу, но это не имеет значения. Они имеют сильные убеждения, во всяком случае. Там нет смысла в обсуждении с людьми, как это, потому что вы никогда не можете ничего решить.

But with other people a difference of opinion can start an extremely interesting discussion. Each person tries to explain his point of view, but he listens to other arguments, too. Но с другими людьми разногласие может начаться очень интересная дискуссия. Каждый человек пытается объяснить свою точку зрения, но он прислушивается к другим аргументам, тоже.

This type of conflict becomes an exchange of ideas instead of a quarrel. Whether or not their differences are reconciled, each person learns something from the experience. Этот тип конфликта становится обмен идеями, а не ссориться. Ли их примирить различия, каждый человек узнает что-то из этого опыта.

In New England and in some other parts of the United States, citizens of the town meet and talk over all local problems. The people sometimes disagree with each other, and there may be some arguments. В Новой Англии и в некоторых других частях Соединенных Штатов, жители города встретиться и поговорить по всем местных проблем.Люди иногда не соглашаться друг с другом, и могут быть некоторые аргументы.

Each side will try to persuade others that its point of view is the best. But frequently the two sides are not really far apart in their views, and this kind of public discussion helps to settle their differences. This is a healthy situation. Каждая сторона будет пытаться убедить других, что его точка зрения является лучшим. Но зачастую обе стороны не очень далеко друг от друга в своих взглядах, и этот вид общественного обсуждения помогает урегулировать свои разногласия. Это здоровый ситуации.

Questions

1. Why shouldn’t you argue with people who have little information on a subject?

2. What is a quarrel? What is a discussion? How are they different?

3. When does a conflict become an exchange of ideas instead of a quarrel?

4. What do the citizens do in New England?

5. Do you think public discussion of local problems is a good idea? Why?

6. Do you know of other places where citizens meet for public discussion of local problems?

Conversation

Fred: Do you mean to tell me you don’t care for modern art? Not any of it?

Joan: That’s right. I don’t understand it and I don’t like it.

Fred: That’s a very narrow-minded viewpoint. If you don’t understand it, how can you say that you don’t like it?

Joan: Perhaps I am a little conservative. I just can’t imagine that the modern artist is really serious.

Fred: I won’t argue with you, but I think you’re being unfair. The modern artist has a different approach to his work than the more traditional artist. .

Joan: Are you trying to tell me that these peculiar paintings mean anything? A child could paint better than that.

Fred: I guess there’s no point in discussing the matter any further. You have your opinion and I have mine. .

Joan: I agree there are two sides to everything, but this time I see only one of them.

Fred: Well, I’m attempting to explain that the modern artist is trying to get across his personal feelings about the world around him.

Joan: Then he should keep his feelings to himself.

Word List

alike

alternatives

apart

argument

belief

bright

childish

clever

close

conflict

Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a conflict. (SS-12)

conflicting

We have conflicting views on this. (SS-11)

conservative

That’s a conservative point of view. (SS-5)

debate

discussion การอภิปราย

everything

fair ยุ

fight

for

further

impractical

liberal

narrow-minded

opponent

opposing

opposite

point (GSL-150)

646 You have your point of view, and I have mine.

649 That’s a liberal point of view.

651 I don’t see any point in discussing the question any further.

658 What point are you trying to make?

quarrel

Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a quarrel. (SS-12)

radical

That’s a radical point of view. (SS-5)

revolution

Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a revolution. (SS-12)

right

riot

selfish

stubborn

unfair

viewpoint

widely

VERB FORMS

approach

conceive (of)

debate

deserve

disagree (with)

discuss

forgive, forgave (p.), forgiven (p. part.)

get across

What point are you trying to get across? (SS-14)

Well, I’m attempting to explain that the modern artist is trying to

get across his personal feelings about the world around him. (Conv)

mean to

656 Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start an argument.

Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to start a debate (SS-12)

present

prove, proved (p. and p. part.)

put across

reconcile

We should be able to reconcile our differences. (SS-16)

resolve

(660) We should be able to resolve our differences.

settle (GSL-689)

view

visualize

EXPRESSIONS

after all

be entitled to

in agreement

more or less

point of view

see a point in

SUPPLEMENTARY WORD LIST

(Conversation and Reading Practice)

artist

citizen

painting

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