Dalam percakapan sehari-hari, seringkali kita harus mengungkapkan pendapat, menolak pendapat, atau meminta pendapat teman kita. Begitupula dalam budaya barat atau dalam Bahasa inggris, bagi mereka adalah penting untuk mengetahui pendapat orang lain karena mereka sangat menghargai demokrasi. Namun, tentunya dalam berpendapat ada yang bisa diterima oleh semua orang, ada yang tidak, yang terpenting adalah bagaimana kita bisa menghargai setiap perbedaan.

Situasi dalam sebuah rapat OSIS.

Aris: So, guys. What is your opinion about the plan of our headmaster concerning the increase of monthly education contribution?

Lia: In my opinion, we can’t let this happen. Don’t they know that means our parents must spend alot of money? This 20% increase is unbelieveable.

Dana: But, we must remember Lia. This is for our school development. The increase will be allocated for the computer laboratory and maintain of our classroom. If I may tell, the increase makes sense.

Aris: Let’s summarize. The increase shall be granted but not more than 10% only, we may also help to supervise its use in one year.

Lia: I am still thinking that the reason of the increase is not very necessary. We can use the development money from the new student every year.

Dana: I think Aris’s solution is the best. We can tell the headmaster that the increase should not more than 10% only and we will also control of its using.

Lia: Okay then.

Agar lebih mudah, Berikut beberapa referensi yang bisa kamu gunakan dalam Bahasa inggris saat meminta, memberi, dan menolak pendapat :

Meminta Pendapat :

What is your opinion?

What do you think of….?

What is your point of view?

Memberi Pendapat :

In my opinion…

I think…

I am still thinking that…

In my point of view…..

Menolak Pendapat :

I don’t think that way

I think you’re wrong

Sekarang praktikkan percakapan Bahasa inggris berikut dengan temanmu atau kamu sendiri bisa di depan cermin dan jangan lupa dengan ekspresi dan intonasi bicara agar percakapan yang kamu praktekkan lebih hidup suasananya.

1. Lana: I think the salary of our president shall increase. The duties are too much and tough.

Lira: I don’t think that way. The allowance of the president is more than enough. In addition, the citizens are still in the difficult situation. It’s not worth it.

Lana: Well, we have different opinions then. Overall, let’s hope a better future for our nation.

Lira: You’re right. Our opinions are not the same but our hope is the same. Better future for our nation.

2. Nancy: Every person should have freedom for their rights. What’s your point of view about this, Gadis?

Gadis: Yes, I have the same opinion with you, Nancy. Every person has the same right in every aspect of life, law, education, religion, and many more.

Nancy: That’s why I just can’t stop thinking that some people or organization couldn’t help to interfere with other people’s right.

Gadis: In my point of view, they just hate differences. They don’t like if somebody has different thoughts and vision.

Perbanyaklah berlatih percakapan agar kemampuan Bahasa inggris kamu semakin meningkat, kalaupun kamu tidak punya teman untuk berlatih, berlatihlah di depan cermin sendiri. Lakukan dengan perlahan dan konsisten. Selain itu, perbanyak mendengarkan percakapan Bahasa inggris, baik dari film, atau pun dari mana saja.