After all, you know your French is pretty darn rockin’ when you can hold your own in a verbal sparring match.
Now I am not recommending that you pick a fight with the first person you meet in a bar while on vacation in Paris.
Also, if the situation is a bit…delicate (sometimes it’s not the best idea to tell your boss how you really feel), you may need to know how to avoid expressing an opinion altogether. In a moment, we’ll get to some phrases you can use to hold your own, but first, here are some resources that are great for learning to argue, French-style.
Listening to French radio shows in the form of podcasts is great for French learners of all stripes, but advanced learners especially will benefit from picking up phrases to punctuate their own debates and discussions.
Listening to political debates is especially good for this.
I recommend checking out In more formal contexts—such as discussing foreign policy with a superior at the office, debating the merits of academic freedom with a university professor or pondering the state of the environment with a colleague you don’t know so well—measured, polite and inoffensive language is required.
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bad…But nobody wants their French to sound choppy, right?