Expressing Your Opinion

Discussing topics that may have different points of view can be really difficult in your native language— and it’s much harder when trying to communicate in a second language. You probably know the feeling… You are in a meeting, and you have a GREAT idea or an opinion that you want to share, and you think. “I could explain this so well in Turkish, and I know HOW to “say” it in English, but I just don’t think I can say it well.”

And so you’re silent. And your colleagues miss out on the opportunity to hear your thoughts. At Fener, we like to say, “You have a voice, and we want to help you find it.” By this we mean that we believe you have important things to share, and we want to equip you to feel confident enough to say them!

Here are a few tips for making your point clear in English…


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Business Expressions

Idioms and figures of speech are a key part of every language.  We all know several in our native tongues, and we probably just know them instinctively.  It isn’t until you have to explain them to a non-native speaker, or until you learn a new language yourself, that you realize how many they are and how odd they can be.  

For example, one phrase that is used in English to communicate that an action you are doing won’t produce results for a long time, if ever, is “until the cows come home.”  


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Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! For Americans, Valentine’s Day is known as the “day of love” and is celebrated on the 14th of February every year. This day usually involves loved ones giving and receiving flowers, candy, cards and more! Although most of us don’t entirely know why we celebrate Valentine’s Day, we do know that it’s a day where we have even more reason to tell the people in our lives just how much they mean to us!

According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making it the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (That is A LOT of cards!) So in honor of this “day of love,” and the 1 billion cards sent out yearly, below are some ways you can write a little message of love to your valentine.


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See – Look – Watch… What’s the difference?

When talking about different ways to take in information and observe the world, we can’t escape some of the confusion that comes from verbs that are similar. For example, verbs that all have something to do with actions done with our eyes: ‘to see,’ ‘to look’ and ‘to watch.’

In this digital information age, we are flooded with new information to see, look at, or watch every minute of every day. Using these verbs correctly will set your English apart. Here’s how…


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5 Ways to Express an Opinion

We all have an opinion. Whether you’re deciding what to eat for dinner or who your best friend should marry (or not marry!), you have an opinion.

Ready to sound as confident as a native speaker expressing those opinions? Learn these common phrases that native English speakers use to share their opinions or beliefs.


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