英文會議讓很多人頭大,簡報能事先準備還不難,難的是臨場回應,特別是在英文母語人士面前想提不同意見,還在腦中整理英文,對方已經進入下一輪討論;或者想指出對方的問題,但不知道英文怎麼說有說服力、又不失和氣。

其實說話換個角度,反對就不難,來看以下三種方式:

一、You換成I

(太直接)Your strategy is wrong.(你的策略有誤。)

(禮貌)I suggest a different strategy from the one just proposed.(我會建議一個和剛剛不同的策略。)

(太直接)You don't believe in anything.(你並不相信任何事。)

(禮貌)Please let me outline what I believe.(請讓我陳述一下我所相信的事。)

(太直接)Your proposal to layoff employees now is ruthless.(你的員工資遣提案很無情。)

(禮貌)I can show that employee layoffs may not be necessary.(也許我們不需要資遣,我可以證明。)

二、How so?

不一定要直接表達反對,問問題也可以幫助對方釐清想法上的缺陷。

How does that follow from your previous statement?(從你前面的陳述,怎麼推論出來?)

簡單版的問法就是"How so?"帶有的意思是為什麼會是這樣?如何得到這個結論?

What holes would people find in your argument?(人家會從你的論點裡找到什麼漏洞?)

Did you weigh or consider other alternatives?(你有評估其他的選項嗎?)

三、禮貌地打斷

這樣打斷或回應不失禮,不過接著要說的話,要真的有觀點:

Excuse me!Please let me make a point.(不好意思!讓我表達一下意見)

Sorry to interrupt, but I respectfully disagree.(抱歉打岔,但我不太同意...)

I think that you have made a good point (good points) but I look at it this way.(我覺得很有道理,不過我是這麼看...)

I agree with much of what you have said, but I disagree on one important/key point.(你說的大部分我都同意,只有一個重要/關鍵部分我不同意。)

也可以說:

I concur with many points, but I have one major point of disagreement.

My opinion/view is a little different from your own.(我的意見/看法和你有些不同。)

I respectfully disagree for several reasons.(我不同意有幾個原因...)

三個月英文脫胎換骨的一對一:http://goo.gl/5eIOmf