I think that using positive language can be massively important in any language, but for some English learners it can be difficult to find the appropriate words and expressions in English.
In this video, I share my thoughts on why I think positive language is so important, and how to include positive language in your own conversations and writing in English.
What do you think? Do you use positive language in English?
All the best!
Here is the full transcript:
Hi. I’m Paul Urwin from businessenglishcommunity.com. Don’t forget to subscribe, and if you like this video please give me a thumbs up below.
In today’s video, I’m going to be talking about positive words and phrases. How to use them, why to use them, and going through a few examples coming right up.
Okay, well let’s get cracking with seven ways in which to use positive language. Number one is to agree with someone else. You might find yourself in many situations where you agree with someone or many situations where you don’t agree or where you disagree with someone else, but when you do agree, go ahead and tell that other person. It will get them on your side and it will make them feel positive about your interaction. Use language such asm you are absolutely right, you are absolutely right or I completely agree, I completely agree. So, if you agree with someone, go ahead and tell them. That’s number one, to agree.
Number two, ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. People actually like to help others, so don’t think that you’re going to embarrass yourself or cause a problem simply by asking for a little bit of help. Use a simple phrase such as, could you please help me with da, da, da. Could you please help me with da, da, da, and then whatever it is that you need help with. Could you please help me with. Could you please help me with this report. Could you please help me with this report. That’s number two, ask for help.
Number three, commit to taking action. If you intend to take action, if you want to take action, then go ahead and use that positive language and tell the other person that you are going to take action. Use phrases such as, I’ll get onto it right away. I’ll get onto it right away, or what about, I’ll find a solution. I’ll find a solution. I will find a solution. Also, use words that define a timeframe. Words such as, now, right away, immediately, and as soon as possible. That again, gives a positive vibe to what you are saying. So, I’ll get onto it right away. I’ll find a solution as soon as possible. That’s number three, commit to taking action.
Number four, say thank you, so simple those two words, and very easy to give someone thanks, but not enough people do it and you know what, people really appreciate it, so if you have been helped by someone else, go ahead and say thank you. That’s a really good use of positive language. Something like, thanks for helping me out with that project. Thanks for helping me out with that project, or even just something even simpler, thanks for asking. How are you today? I’m great, thanks for asking. Number four, go ahead and say thank you.
Number five, ask for an opinion. What happens when you ask for someone else’s opinion? When you’re really bringing them in to the conversation? You make them feel part of what’s going on. You make them feel involved and therefore, that’s a really positive thing to do, and therefore, it is a positive use of language. Let me give you a couple of examples. What’s your opinion on, for example, what’s your opinion on the merger? What’s your opinion on the merger, or what do you think about? What do you think about? What do you think about the new project? What do you think about the new project, so that’s number five, ask for an opinion.
Number six, use positive affirmations. If you agree with someone, go ahead and use these positive words, definitely, definitely, absolutely, absolutely I’ll be there, definitely I completely agree, or for sure, I think it’s a great idea. So, that’s number six, use positive affirmations.
And number seven, give praise. If you think someone has done an excellent or an outstanding job, go ahead and tell them. What a fantastic presentation. What a fantastic presentation. Excellent work, excellent work, or what about, you did a really good job. You did a really good job with the summary. You did a really good job with the summary. Combine it with something else, thank you very much. So, you did a really good job with the summary, thank you very much. So, that seven ways to use positive language to really help your English, to really help business and to help you get to the next level in whatever it is that you are trying to do.
Let me give you a quick recap. Number one, agree with others. Number two, ask for help. Number three, commit to taking action. Number four, say thank you. Number five, ask for an opinion. Number six, use positive affirmations, and number seven, give praise. Thank you very much for watching. I’m Paul Urwin from businessenglishcommunity.com. Don’t forget to subscribe. We got some fantastic videos on the way, and please give me a thumbs up. Thanks for watching.
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