5. 3 SUGGESTING IDEAS AND SHOWING RESERVATIONS

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You are going to listen to a brainstorming on ways to encourage people to walk more.
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Why people don't walk as much nowadays and what can be done to encourage people to walk more.

Complete the phrases with two words.
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Then listen and check your ideas.

How (?) feel about this idea?
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How do you feel about this idea?

Would (?) the opposite idea of scaring people into it?
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Would you consider the opposite idea of scaring people into it?

How does the idea of closing public transport (?)?
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How does the idea of closing public transport strike you?

I think it (?) be great if we (?) get celebrities to promote walking generally.
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I think it would be great if we could get celebrities to promote walking generally.

I think we should (?) the feet idea.
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I think we should go with the feet idea.

With that in mind, (?) try combining the two ideas?
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With that in mind, suppose we try combining the two ideas?

Let's (?) that.
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Let's go with that.

Listen again and say the suggestions at the same time,
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copying the stress and intonation.

The phrase starts on a high pitch and gradually falls.
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using a higher pitch is important because it makes the speaker sound interested/polite whereas a low pitch can sound bored/rude.

complete the responses to the suggestions.
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Then check in audio script 5. 7 on page 169.

That could be a pr
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That could be a problem.

It wouldn't be my first ch
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It wouldn't be my first choice.

It wouldn't wo
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It wouldn't work.

I think we're on the wrong tr here.
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I think we're on the wrong track here.

That's not a bad i at all.
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That's not a bad idea at all.

I'm t between the video and the celebrity.
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I'm torn between the video and the celebrity.

SHOW RESERVATIONS
a reservation in this context is a feeling of doubt about an idea
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Cross the negative comments and tick the one that is neutral.

that could be a problem
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negative comment

it wouldn't be my first choice
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negative comment

I don't think that would be effective
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negative comment

it wouldn't work.
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negative comment

at the moment I'm torn between the video and the celebrity.
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neutral comment

Listen to the phrases
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and write the missing words/phrases in comments 1-5 above.

(?), that could be a problem
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Actually, that could be a problem.

(?), it wouldn't be my first choice
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To be honest, it wouldn't be my first choice.

(?), I don't think that would be effective
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Frankly, I don't think that would be effective.

(?), it wouldn't work.
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To put it bluntly, it wouldn't work.
used for telling someone that you are going to be honest even if this upsets them To put it bluntly, their demands are unreasonable.

(?), at the moment I'm torn between the video and the celebrity.
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I have to say, at the moment I'm torn between the video and the celebrity.

Which two phrases you wrote signal a very negative comment?
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Frankly, to put it bluntly
bluntly in an uncompromisingly forthright way. "a colleague bluntly told him that he had no business asking for the status report"

We often use short phrases to prepare someone for a negative comment.
to be honest, actually, I have to say
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Some phrases can also signal a positive or neutral comment, depending on the intonation and context.
to be honest, actually, I have to say

INTONATION: showing reservations
read out aloud the negative comments without the missing phrases. What effect they have?
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Does each one signal a positive or negative comment?
they sound very direct and could offend the person who made the suggestion


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