La política: el arte del debate (B2)

donald_trump_august_19_2015_croppedMany things are at stake at this moment; not only in the USA but worldwide. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are living their last minutes as USA presidential candidates, and just one of them will live in the White House for the next four years.

However, they had to fight each other, felony accusations and their own fellow party members during the last months. These troubles unleashed fierce debates that will be down in history. Today, our www.spanishviaskype.com students will learn how to express opinions in Spanish in very different ways.

Debatir (to debate) can be considered an art. From the Classical Antiquity to our age, la retórica (rethoric) was able to change the future of a person, a city or the world. La política (politics) drinks directly from rethoric and a good performance in a debate in the electoral race can influence the polls definitely.

We have many patterns to express our opinions, but the double verbal mode (indicative vs subjunctive) makes it a little more interesting.

 

  • Expressions of opinions + indicative: para mí, a mi modo de ver, en mi opinión, desde mi punto de vista, por lo que veo… For example: Desde mi punto de vista, los políticos solo buscan su propio beneficio (from my point of view, politicians just look out for their own good).
  • Affirmative main verb + que + clause in indicative: creo que, pienso que, me parece que, opino que, considero que, no me cabe la menor duda de que, yo diría que…: For example: Creo que el bipartidismo está sufriendo un retroceso en España (I think two-party system is suffering a relapse in Spain).
  • Affirmative “ser” or “estar” verbs + adjective or noun of certainty + que + clause in indicative: Es cierto que, es verdad que, es seguro que, es evidente que, está claro que, está visto que… For example: Está claro que la sanidad pública española es deficitaria pero es evidente que es un pilar del estado del bienestar (it is clear that public health in Spain is loss-making but It’s evident that it is a foundation of welfare state).
  • Expressions of agreement + que + clause in indicative: estoy de acuerdo con/en que, ya lo creo que, tienes razón en que, estoy contigo en que, por supuesto que… For example: estoy de acuerdo en que los ciudadanos deben ejercer su derecho al voto (I agree that citizens must exercise their voting rights).
  • Negative main verb + que + clause in subjunctive: no creo que, no pienso que, no opino que… For example: no considero que la inmigración sea perjudicial económica o socialmente (I don’t consider that immigration harmful economically or socially).
  • Negative “ser” or “estar” verbs + adjective or nouns of certainty + que + clause in subjunctive: no es cierto que, no es verdad que, no está claro que, no está visto que… For example: No es verdad que todos los políticos sean corruptos (it’s not true that all politicians are corrupt).
  • Expressions of disagreement + que + clause in subjunctive: estoy de desacuerdo con que, estoy en contra de que, creo que te equivocas en que… and negative expressions of agreement + que + clause in subjunctive: no estoy de acuerdo con/en que, no tienes razón en que… For example: estoy en contra de que la justicia no sea igual para todos (I’m against justice is not equal to all).

With this article, we complete the basic expressions of opinions we learnt here. On www.spanishviaskype.com we love listening to our students opinions and we take them into account. Feel free to reserve a free trial lesson via Skype and learn Spanish with us.

 

Image (Donald Trump August 19): Michael Vadon for Wikipedia

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I was born in Badajoz (Extremadura) and I currently live in Bilbao (Basque Country). I studied a Bachelor degree in Spanish Language and Literature and an International House degree as a qualified teacher of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. I think languages are the key that opens the doors to new cultures and I love teaching mine.

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