Module 3, Unit 10

“Getting Other People’s Opinions and Ideas”

Base Sentences – (436-450)

436 What do you think? Is that right?

436 ¿Qué piensa usted? ¿Es eso cierto?

437 Certainly. You’re absolutely right about that.

437 Por supuesto. Tienes toda la razón.

438 I think you’re mistaken about that.

438 Creo que te equivocas en eso.

439 I like hot weather best.

439 Me gusta el calor mejor.

440 Personally, I prefer winter weather.

440 Personalmente, prefiero el invierno.

441 Do you think it’s going to rain tomorrow?

441 ¿Crees que va a llover mañana?

442 I don’t know whether it will rain or not.

442 No sé si va a llover o no.

443 In my opinion, that’s an excellent idea.

443 En mi opinión, esa es una excelente idea.

444 Why is Mr. Cooper so tired? Do you have any idea?

444 ¿Por qué el Sr. Cooper tan cansado? ¿Tienes alguna idea?

445 He’s tired because he worked hard all day.

445 Está cansado porque trabajó duro todo el día.

446 What do you think of my children?

446 ¿Qué piensas de mis hijos?

447 I think you have very attractive children.

447 Yo creo que hay niños muy atractivos.

448 Please give me your honest opinion.

448 Por favor, dame tu opinión sincera.

449 Do you really want to know what I think?

449 ¿De verdad quieres saber lo que pienso?

450 Of course I want to know what your opinion is!

450 Por supuesto que me gustaría saber cuál es su opinión?

Verb Study

1. think => [thought, thought], thinking, thinks

(A) What do you think? (B) He thinks you’re absolutely right about that. (C) He thought you were right about that. (D) We think you’re mistaken about that. (E) Do you really want to know what I think? (A) ¿Qué piensa usted? (B) Se cree que tiene toda la razón en eso. (C) Pensaba que estabas en lo cierto. (D) Creemos que se equivoca en eso. (E) ¿De verdad quieres saber lo que pienso?

2. think of => thought of, thinking of, thinks of

(A) What do you think of my children. (B) I think a lot of Mr. Cooper. (C) You thought a lot of Mr. Cooper, didn’t you? (D) What does she think of my French accent? (A) ¿Qué piensas de mis hijos. (B) Yo creo que mucha Sr. Cooper. (C) Usted pensó mucho al Sr. Cooper, ¿verdad? (D) ¿Qué piensa de mi acento francés?

3. prefer => preferred, prefers

(A) Personally, I prefer winter weather. (B) She prefers summer weather. (C) He likes winter weather best, but she prefers summer weather. (D) Which do you prefer? (E) Which does he prefer? (A) Personalmente, prefiero el invierno. (B) Se prefiere el clima de verano. (C) A él le gusta el invierno mejor, pero ella prefiere el clima de verano. (D) ¿Qué te gusta más? (E) ¿Qué qué prefiere?

4. work => worked, working, works

(A) He worked hard all day. (B) He always works hard every day. (C) I work hard, too. (D) My friends work eight hours every day. (E) I’ve worked in New York for ten years. (F) Yesterday she worked at home all day. (G) Last year he was working in California. (H) Has she always worked in New York? (A) Se trabajó duro todo el día. (B) Siempre trabaja duro todos los días. (C) Yo trabajo duro, también. (D) Mis amigos de trabajo de ocho horas todos los días. (E) He trabajado en Nueva York desde hace diez años. (F) Ayer trabajó en casa todo el día. (G) El año pasado trabajaba en California. (H) ha siempre trabajado en Nueva York?

5. be mistaken => is/are mistaken, was/were mistaken

(A) I think you’re mistaken about that. (B) We thought you were mistaken about that. (C) Isn’t he mistaken about that? (D) I’m mistaken about that. (A) Creo que te equivocas en eso. (B) Pensamos que estabas equivocado en eso. (C) ¿No está equivocado acerca de eso? (D) que me equivoque al respecto.

Word/Phrase Substitution Drills

1a What do you think? Is that right?

1b What do you think? Is that wrong ?

1c What do you think? Is that correct?

1d What do you think? Is that incorrect?

2a Certainly. You’re absolutely right about that.

2b Of course. You’re absolutely right about that.

2c Naturally. You’re absolutely right about that.

3a I think you’re mistaken about that.

3b She thinks you’re mistaken about that.

3c John thinks you’re mistaken about that.

4a You’re mistaken about that.

4b You’re not mistaken about that.

4c You aren’t mistaken about that.

4d He’s mistaken about that.

4e He’s not mistaken about that.

4f He isn’t mistaken about that.

5a Aren’t you mistaken about that?

5b Isn’t she mistaken about that?

5c Isn’t John mistaken about that?

6a I like hot weather best.

6b I like winter weather best.

6c I like summertime best.

6d I like sunshine best.

7a Personally, I prefer winter weather.

7b Personally, I love winter weather.

7c Personally, I like winter weather.

7d Personally, I enjoy winter weather.

8. Do you think it’s going to rain tomorrow?

8. Do you suppose it’s going to rain tomorrow?

8. Do you feel it’s going to rain tomorrow?

8. Do you believe it’s going to rain tomorrow?

9a I don’t know whether it will rain or not.

9b I don’t know whether John will leave today or not.

9c I don’t know whether I will see him or not.

9d I don’t know whether I’ll enjoy the movie or not.

10a In my opinion, that’s an excellent idea.

10b In my opinion, that’s a wonderful idea.

10c In my opinion, that’s a marvelous idea.

10d In my opinion, that’s a good idea.

11a Why is Mr. Cooper so tired? Do you have any idea?

11b Why is Mr. Cooper so happy? Do you have any idea?

11c Why is Mr. Cooper so sad? Do you have any idea?

11d Why is Mr. Cooper so excited? Do you have any idea?

11e Why is Mr. Cooper so angry? Do you have any idea?

11f Why is Mr. Cooper so healthy? Do you have any idea?

12a I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because he worked hard all day.

12b I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because he finished working early today.

12c I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because he finished working late today.

12d I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because he got a letter from his friend.

12e I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because he didn’t have lunch today.

12f I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because he always eats good food.

13a What do you think of my children?

13b What do you think of my pet dog?

13c What do you think of my garden?

13d What do you think of my story?

13e What do you think of my poem?

14a I think you have very attractive children.

14b Personally, I think you have very attractive children.

14c In my opinion you have very attractive children.

14d Personally, I’m of the opinion that you have very attractive children.

15a Please give me your honest opinion.

15b Please give me your frank, medical) opinion.

15c Please give me your medical opinion.

16a Do you really want to know what I think?

16b Do you really want to know what she thinks?

16c Do you really want to know what John thinks?

17a Of course I want to know what you opinion is.

17b Of course I want to know what you judgment is.

17c Of course I want to know what you conclusion is.

17d Of course I want to know what you recommendation is.

18a I like geography, but I prefer history.

18b I like geography, but I prefer art.

18c I like geography, but I prefer literature.

18d I like geography, but I prefer music.

18e I like geography, but I prefer medicine.

18f I like geography, but I prefer mathematics.

18g I like geography, but I prefer religion.

19a Mr. Cooper is happy because today is his birthday.

19b Mr. Cooper is happy because today is his wedding anniversary.

19c Mr. Cooper is happy because today is the first day of spring.

19d Mr. Cooper is happy because today is a holiday.

Reading Practice

Getting Other People’s Opinions and Ideas

When I was a child there were some people whose ideas I respected. My Uncle John, I thought, knew everything about the world; he had traveled and seen all there was to see. I believed anything he told me about places like Japan, Australia, and Brazil. Cuando yo era niño había algunas personas cuyas ideas me respetaba. Mi tío John, pensé, sabía todo sobre el mundo, que había viajado y visto todo lo que había que ver. Yo creía nada de lo que me habló de lugares como Japón, Australia y Brasil.

When I wanted to know anything about baseball I asked our neighbor, Mr. Fulton; there wasn’t anything he didn’t know about that subject. Cuando quise saber nada de béisbol pregunté a mi vecino, el señor Fulton, no había nada que él no sabía nada de ese tema.

My teacher, Miss Ellis, was an expert on nature and I always believed all the things she told our class about plants and animals. Mi maestra, la señorita Ellis, era un experto en la naturaleza y que siempre creyó todo lo que le dijo a la clase sobre las plantas y los animales.

When I was sixteen years old I got the idea that my parents, while they were very nice people and I loved them, really didn’t know very much. Cuando tenía dieciséis años tuve la idea de que mis padres, cuando eran muy buena gente y les encantó, realmente no sabía mucho.

I, of course, knew everything. Then, when I was eighteen, I realized my mother and father had learned a lot in just two years. Yo, por supuesto, lo sabía todo. Luego, cuando tenía dieciocho años, me di cuenta que mi madre y mi padre había aprendido mucho en tan sólo dos años.

I now respected their opinions on different subjects. It took two years of growing up for me to realize that they had these opinions and ideas all the time. Ich habe jetzt respektiert ihre Meinungen zu verschiedenen Themen. Es dauerte zwei Jahre des Aufwachsens für mich zu erkennen, dass sie diese Meinungen und Ideen hatte die ganze Zeit.

Some people have an opinion on every subject. Others have none. The best kind is the person who studies the subject before giving an answer to the question, “What do you think?” Ahora respetaba sus opiniones sobre diferentes temas. Se necesitaron dos años de crecimiento para darme cuenta de que tenían estas opiniones y las ideas todo el tiempo.

Questions:

1. What do you think of a person who has an opinion on every subject?

2. Do you think Uncle John knew everything about the world?

3. Do you suppose Miss Karen was really an expert on nature?

4. Why did the boy think his parents had learned a lot in two years?

5. Do you like to give your opinion on different subjects?

Conversation

INTERVIEWER: Mr. Smith, we are very happy to have you on our television program this evening. MR. SMITH: I am glad to be here.

INTERVIEWER: Miss Fisher and I both have questions for you. We’d like to know your opinion. Miss Fisher, do you want to ask the first question?

MISS FISHER: Thank you. Mr. Smith, what do you think of our morning newspaper? Would you say it gives us all the latest news?

MR. SMITH: Yes, I would say so. I think it is a very good newspaper. INTERVIEWER: What is your opinion of television? Do you think that all the programs are good? MR. SMITH: No, I don’t. Some of the programs are interesting, but others could be better.

MISS FISHER: Please give me your frank opinion about our schools, Mr. Smith. Do you believe our teachers are doing a good job?

MR. SMITH: Yes, I do. I believe our schools are excellent.

INTERVIEWER: What about music? What do you think of modern music?

MR. SMITH: I guess some of it is good. I don’t always understand it. Personally, I prefer the symphonies of Beethoven. INTERVIEWER: We’d like to talk more, Mr. Smith, but we have no time. Miss Fisher and I want to thank you for being with us on our program this evening. MISS FISHER: I am sure our television audience has enjoyed listening to your opinions. Thank you, and good night.

MR. SMITH: It was my pleasure.

Word List

angry enojado

art arte

attractive atractivo

certainly ciertamente

conclusion conclusión
excellent excelente

excited excitado

food comida

frank franco

garden jardín

good, better, best bueno,

holiday fiesta

honest honesto

idea idea

incorrect incorrecto

judgement juicio

literature literatura

marvelous

mathematics

medical

medicine

music

naturally

personally

pet

poem

recommendation

religion

so

story

summertime

sunshine

whether

why

wonderful

wrong

Verb Forms

enjoy, enjoyed, enjoyed

love, loved, loved

prefer, preferred, preferred

suppose, supposed, supposed

Expressions

be mistaken

get a letter

give an opinion

of course

Supplementary Word List

(Conversation and Reading Practice)

animals

baseball béisbol Is baseball popular in Mexico?

expert experto My brother is an expert in the field of radio electronics.

game  juego What game would you like to play?

interviewer entrevistador The interviewer said that he would review my resume.

job trabajo Did you get the job?

modern moderno The music of Igor Stravinsky is still considered to be modern.

nature naturaleza

plants plantas

realized realizado

respected respetado

symphonies sinfonías

traveled viajado