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Video: 5 Ways to Buy Time in Discussions

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Have some general phrases ready. 

Student 2: So, I agree with the author that we need to improve education on this topic. 

Student 1: I also have something to add on that. 

 

Use body language to jump in. 

Student 2: The government really needs to improve education on this topic. 

 

Use hesitation phrases to buy time. 

Student 1: What do you think we should do to improve the education of this topic? 

Student 3: I think that's a really good question. 

 

Ask clarifying questions.

Student 3: So, the government needs to find ways to educate people more about this topic. 

Student 1: I think I have some ideas, but could you explain what you mean by "educate?" Because, are you talking about classes or other kinds of training? 

 

Ask for time to write notes. 

Student 2: So, the government needs to provide educational websites and training programs and the resources for disadvantaged communities to learn more about this topic. 

Student 1: Yeah, those are great points. What do you think?

Student 3: Just a minute. I need to jot down some of the educational ideas that Ken just said.