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In New Zealand, it is possible to disagree with a manager as long as this is done in a very indirect way. Some migrants struggle to express disagreement in a suitably polite way. Ben and Hans are discussing some differences regarding one of the teams working in the orchards. Hans is a new migrant.

How do you think Hans should have expressed his disagreement?


  • Hans should not have disagreed so directly. In fact, Hans should not have expressed his disagreement at all.

  • Hans disagrees with Ben so it is appropriate to just say so.

  • Hans disagrees with Ben but he should say this more politely and add the reasons why he disagrees in order to soften what he has said.


How do you think Hans should have expressed his disagreement?


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    It is okay to disagree. The force of a disagreement can be softened, however. Hans could have said "Actually, I don't think they are doing it right" in a less forceful tone.

    Yes, it is okay to disagree, but not in this way. It would be better if the force of the disagreement was softened. Hans could have said "Actually, I don't think they are doing it right" in a less forceful tone.

    Yes, it would be better to use a less forceful tone of voice and a phrase such as "Actually, I don't think they are doing it right" to soften what he said. He should also give his reasons for thinking this.


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