Describe a Disagreement You Had With Someone
You should say:
– Who you had the disagreement with
– What the disagreement was
– What happened
– And explain how you felt about it
Sample Answer 1
Well, usually I don’t like to have any argument with other people, but when it comes to this topic, the first that I experienced out of mind, it was something that happens when I was in university.
That was quite a long time ago, if I’m not mistaken, when I was a sophomore in the university at that time, the president of the Student Union and University wanted to make a new policy and he proposed that maybe our students should actually do some morning exercises, which is actually something extra.
Maybe they should go to the playgrounds. It’s about 7 a.m. and probably run for about 30 minutes. Immediately, I know his intention was actually quite good because he feel like the students nowadays we don’t have enough sufficient exercises. So health is the foundation of everything. So if you can do more exercises, it’s going to help us to be stronger and it can benefit us in the future.
However, at that time I cannot totally agree with him. So, in the meeting, I just also stated to my disagreement. We actually had a debate. My point is that it is not really that reasonable to do that.
First of all, the morning time is not the best time for people to do exercises, you know, if you are waking up at an early morning and did exercises, maybe when you go to classes you could be really sleepy and drowsy. Well, those of you in the class say what influence your study, you will feel extremely fatigued.
And another reason is that maybe the morning is not really healthy for us because sometimes we have smog issues. The air pollution was still quite serious, so it may lead to some health problems.
Last, but at least, I told him that I think our own freedom to do some extra, you know, exercises. Some people have to do this in the morning. Some people would like to do this in afternoon or evening. So I think they should not force us to do that at the same time.
So after some negotiation and the debate, finally he just decided to just dropped idea. So I feel like if you have some disagreement with someone is better for you to sit down and to have a peaceful conversation and talk. Maybe people will understand how you feel.
Sample Answer 2
I’d like to talk about a disagreement between me and my uncle Robert.
One day I was discussing with my dad about what to major in college, uncle Robert dropped by and heard what we’re talking about, and he suggested I should specialize in business or STEM majors like computer science, information technology and biotechnology rather than humanities and arts.
He argued that these disciplines offer better chance of employment after graduation compared with “useless” majors like literature and philosophy.
First of all, students of business majors learn practical skills that can be applied directly at workplace, such as marketing, accounting and business management. Besides, no matter what industry one is gonna work in, he or she will probably end up working for a company, so being equipped with business skills will surely give you an edge when applying for a job.
As for the advantages of specializing in STEM majors, STEM jobs are in high demand today as the society innovates and technology advances but suffer from a lack of qualified candidates, so the government has invested substantially in STEM education, which guarantees high quality of teaching at college, and promises high salaries after gradation.
I do admit that what uncle Robert said makes sense, but only to some extent. It’s no doubt that business majors and STEM graduates can find a job easily, but should we choose what to study at college merely based on employability? College is supposed to be a place where students are free to pursue whatever interest them, be it humanity or science.
Only when we’re passionate about what we lean can we realize our full potentials. How miserable would it be if we spend hours reading obscure articles that have nothing to do with what we like? In addition, I don’t think there’s any “useless” major at college.
Take literature as example, perusing classic plays, poetry and novels that have endured for centuries allow us to embrace noble ideas, aspirations, and creative thoughts that will benefit us for whole life. It also fosters our reading and writing skills, which are important for further study after leaving school as well as enhancing communication skills that are crucial at work.
Question 1: What disagreements do parents and children usually have?
– Well, I think parents and children can disagree on a range of things, concerning the food they should eat for health, the time they spend on watching TV or playing video games, the friends they make, you name it.
– Parents hope their kids eat more healthy food and less snacks for their benefit, whereas kids may think otherwise. Parents expect their kids to hang out with children who have a good sense of propriety, while their kids may argue that they prefer to be with someone they have a lot in common with.
Question 2: What can people do if they disagree with someone?
– If we disagree with somebody, what we can do is let the person talk and make his/her point, rather than interrupting his/her speech and giving our reasons hastily.
– Being a good listener, on the one hand, shows our respect for the speaker, who would do the same for us when it’s our turn to talk, on the other hand, allows us to concentrate on what they say. If we are still unconvinced, we can present our case and calmly explain to them why we disagree.
Question 3: How can we stop an argument from escalating into a fight?
– It’s important to keep in mind that it is the opinion or idea that you don’t identify with, not the person you are speaking to, so whenever we disagree with someone, we shouldn’t make it personal.
– Besides, as the great thinker Voltaire says: “I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it“; therefore, even if someone holds a view vastly different from ours, we must show our respect to them and try to explain the reasons for our position, instead of yelling, using sarcasm or making derogatory remarks.
Question 4: Who do you think should teach children to respect others, parents or their teacher?
– I think both parents and teachers should take on the responsibility to teach children to respect others.
– Parents are considered the best teachers of children; therefore, they must set a good example for their kids in daily life.
– On the flip side, teacher also has a tremendous influence on children’s values and morals, and they must set guidelines or be exemplars for moral or virtuous behaviors that students should emulate.
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