How to express opposing ideas in English: despite, although, nevertheless, in spite of...

Want to know a simple trick that will help you sound more academic in your speaking? This tip can also help you begin writing the introduction to your TOEFL and IELTS essays. In this video, I will teach you the importance of showing the opposing viewpoint in writing and speech. You will learn how to use words like "although", "even though", "despite", "in spite of", and "nevertheless". These words help you effectively introduce opposing ideas or facts in speech and writing. Despite it sounding complicated and fancy, it is quite easy to learn! You can practice your new English skills by doing our quiz at the end of the lesson. TRANSCRIPT Hello. My name is Emma, and in today's video, I am going to teach you a very good and useful trick on how to write essays, how to sound better when you speak, how to do better in presentations. This tip is very useful if you are taking the TOEFL or the IELTS, or if you are studying in college, university, or high school. Okay? So it's a very, very useful trick. This trick is called... Well, I'm calling it: "How to Start Right". Okay? So I'm going to teach you a great way to start, either in your essays or in your speech. Oftentimes, if you're taking the TOEFL or the IELTS, you're going to be asked to give your opinion on something. Okay? In general life, you might have to give your opinion on something. Maybe somebody wants to know: what do you prefer? Do you prefer going to a restaurant, or do you prefer eating at home? What's better? Okay? When you give your opinion, it's a very good idea to start by saying what is good about the opposite opinion. Okay? So, example: if I love restaurants, I want to eat at a restaurant, instead of just saying: "I love restaurants." A better way to start this is by saying the opposite, the good part of the opposite. So, how can I do this? Well, I can say something like: "Although some people love eating at home, I prefer eating at a restaurant." Okay? Another example. Imagine somebody wants to know if I like cats better or dogs better. What is the better animal? Well, maybe if I like dogs better, I would say: "Although some people prefer cats, I prefer dogs.", "Although some people prefer to live in cold countries, I prefer warm countries." So, you can use this in essays, in speaking, in so many different ways. It's always a good idea to start with the opposite of what you believe, a good point of the opposite, and then to say your opinion. Okay? So, I want you to try this. Okay? I'm going to give you a question, and I want you to use this formula. What do you prefer, waking up early or waking up late? Okay? So: "Although some people prefer waking up..., I prefer waking up..." and here you would say either "early" or "late". Okay? So, I've used this word "although". "Although" is to show this contrast. Okay? It's a very, very great word, useful word when you're writing essays or speaking in a formal setting. Something that has the same meaning as "although" is "even though". Okay? So very similar. "Even though". And we can use the same formula. Okay? If I ask you: "Would you rather go to a beach or go skiing?" You can say: "Even though some people love going to beaches, I prefer skiing.", "Even though skiing is a lot of fun, I'd rather go to the beach." Okay? So, again, you're offering the opposite idea first, and then your idea. Great for TOEFL and IELTS speaking. Okay, so let's look at these sentence structures a little bit closer. So, I have here my words: "Although", "even though". What follows is a subject. A subject can be words like: "some people", can be "he", "she", "we", "the teacher". Okay? So, the subject is pretty much a noun. "Although Canada", okay? "Although Canada", "Even though Canada..." Now you need a verb. "Even though Canada", can use the verb "is". "Even though Canada is a good country", okay, if I was writing now, I would put a comma. "Even though Canada is a good country, Canada has problems." So what I'm trying to get at here is that if you use "although", you will have two parts of a sentence. You will have part one before the comma, which has a subject and a verb; and then you will have a second part, part two with a subject and a verb. Okay? So let me give you one more example. "Although learning English is fun, many students find it difficult." Okay? "Although some people like learning English, I prefer learning French." Okay? Just some examples of these types of ideas. So let's look at a couple more expressions to help you show the opposite view. Okay, so let's look at some more words that you can use to show the opposing side. Okay? We can use the word "despite". "Despite" is very similar to "although" and "even though".

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When do you use "in spite of"??? What is the difference between "depite" and "in spite of"? Anyone know???
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Some people are blessed to have Justin Trudeu as their Prime Minister of Canada; however we have to manage with Donald Duck Trump as the President of U.S.A.
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Although there is some progresses for learning English for me, i prefer to do more progress in my learning english
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Although some people think that learning English online isn't good, I like this way to learn because of many good teachers like you. Can you make my sentence the better expression? Thank you so much.
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Emma,i have been taking your Lessons regulary ,nevertheless i have left few shares;like... I feel like... i´m that kinda people who are not gratefull for real i´m that one.You are claim trillion of the thank & support only of me.But remmber this i´ll never forget your name & other teachers .I know i made it longer but it´s right. you´re an awesome teacher. I was big 0 in English."It always seems impossible untill it´s done." Said by Nelson Mandele. thanks for all.
Great video Emma you are doing an excellent job .Now iha lot of gap to improve in my english , though.
Even though english is very difficult to learn, i prefer learning it with emma's videos. am i right ?
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Hi Emma, may I use a concession as a hook in the intro of an essay ??
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Although there're many people like watching TV, I prefer to reading books Even though some bad practicing in our society , I find some they useful there're many problems in my country nevertheless our government are working so hard to solve it
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Thank you so much! Very useful!
Some people prefer working out, nevertheless I prefer playing video games. :)
Do I need to use" despite " all times ??
Some friend told me to learn Japanese, however i do prefer learning english
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Although some people watch other videos for their Toefl exam preparation , I prefer to watch emma's vidios
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Some people love watching movies on YouTube,nevertheless I prefer watching Emma...
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I love when she says "okay?"
You are a great
Despite many online resourses, I prefer this video.
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Despite the yummy taste of bbq, i prefer eating healthy.
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It is amazing
Although learning english is difficult ,l prefer to read english novels .😠.Am l correct ?
A lot of people in this world have been busy with work, but they prefer to use their own stuff. not to help others,
Despite some difficulties at listening I prefer hearing your voice...people seem like watching fun videos,nevertheless I love watching you...People get some confusions in videos however I always get myself being entertained..... love it....
This is the first time that i can understand the lesson from the first moment thanks a lot Emma :)
Thx.Emma. .this is very useful
Its really marvelous job done by MISS EMMA ,I found herinteresting to listen herits really natural , thanks
Even though it is a wonderful lesson, you forgot to talk about "in spite of".
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Thank you, this is more helpful.😍
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Although some Girl will love me I prefer to Love you
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Which of these words are more informal so that I can uses it in casual talks with friends to seem more natural.
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How about in spite of ?
Hello! Thank you so much about the examples nevertheless I would love to know if "Despite the advantage of living in a centre city, I would prefer living in a countryside, an Island." Is sentence correct?
Although here many lessons about it , I prefer ur lessons. They are more clear for me. Thx dear
Although most of my friends like going out on weekends, I'd rather stay home relaxing!
Is despite like "because of "?

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How to express opposing ideas in English: despite, although, nevertheless, in spite of...