How to talk about an article in English

Monday, March 18, 2019

Talking about an article in English can be scary! That is why many people stay quiet, and do not share their opinions. However, talking about texts you have read in English doesn’t have to give you anxiety — in this video, you will learn key phrases and expressions you can use to talk about the texts you have read. These phrases are suitable for academic, business, and social contexts when discussing texts such as reports and academic papers. Take a quiz on what you’ve learned here:


Hello, everyone. I’m Jade. What we’re talking about today is phrases you can use when you need to talk about an article, a report, or maybe it could be a book or something like that in a university context, but maybe also as well in a meeting you might need to say something about some literature you were supposed to read before that meeting. So, by watching today’s lesson, I’ll give you some phrases that you can build up and make some sentences where you can sound very informed, and very opinionated, and say all the right things in a business or academic context.

So, let’s take a look at these different phrases and sentences we can use. You can make direct statements of opinion about the article or what you’ve read. And to do that, you can use “I”. So you can say: “I thought”. If we’re talking about an article, you can say: “I thought the article was thorough”. “Thorough” means that something takes a look at all the important things, all the necessary things that it should cover for that kind of topic. Nothing is left out if it’s thorough.

If we’re talking about the introduction, that means the beginning, the beginning part of the article, perhaps you’ve got something interesting to say about the beginning. “The introduction was insightful.” If it’s insightful, you learnt something. “Yes, it was insightful. It was… It was… You know, I approve of it. It was insightful.”

Perhaps the rest of the article isn’t very good, but you’ve got something good to say about the introduction. Another variation of: “I thought”, or: “I think”, you could use it present tense as well, is: “In my opinion”. “In my opinion, because I know about these things, the case studies were too short.” A case study is where you get an example. Or you could say it’s like a story of someone who’s been through a particular situation, and usually case studies are put together to show how a business or organization helps somebody or solves a problem. So, you’ll often encounter case studies in the world of work. They’re meant to be persuasive, and they’re meant to move you to action or make you want to do something, or prove to you how something works or how something doesn’t work.

So, you could say: “The case studies were too short.” We use “too” for a negative opinion. So this wasn’t good about the case studies. We could use any other adjective. We could say: “too long”. We can build the sentence like that.

Next, you could use the same building block there: “The case studies were fairly persuasive.” Here, we’re using adverb, and then adjective. “Fairly” means quite, but “fairly” is the more formal version. And it’s a word that feels more academic, and it feels more like you’re giving a serious opinion if you say “fairly”. “It was fairly persuasive.” So they were good, but you know, maybe they could have been better. Here, you’re softening your praise. If you’re saying: “The case studies were persuasive”, that’s stronger. That’s like you approve of them more. But if you put “fairly” there, little bit less than without “fairly.”

Again, we’re still talking about “in my opinion”. “In my opinion, the findings”. “Findings” is another word for “conclusion”. “The findings were inconclusive.” If something is inconclusive, you’re not quite sure if the thing has been proven. It’s undecided. We’re not quite sure of the result or the outcome. Maybe more research needs to be done. If it’s inconclusive, we need to wait and see.

Moving on now, this is another way to give your opinion. You can say: “As I see it”, you’re using yourself, and your knowledge, and your way of viewing the world. You can look at it like that to pass your opinions and your knowledge to others. “The recommendations are unworkable.” So, many reports will make recommendations. So, they’ll analyze a situation. At the end, they’ll say: “We think this needs to happen.” Those are the recommendations. The recommendations are made by experts, experts who researched and made a report. You, on the other hand, may think that their recommendations are unworkable; they simply won’t work. They’re not as good as my recommendations on my report. They’re unworkable. They would not work in real life.

And you could say, as well: “As I see it, the report is first-rate.” That’s quite a formal way of saying excellent. It can’t be better. It’s excellent research and very well done, it’s first-rate.


  1. JUANSE PILOTO 21 says:

    tonta haga esos videos mas cortos

  2. Hingo Luiz says:

    with this teacher i fall in love with english . Lovely

  3. 陳德治 says:

    Gorgeous teacher ever

  4. Yongchao Zhao says:

    love your video

  5. Bob Marley says:

    This is very complicated lesson. I wish you to make your lessons easier 🙂

  6. Navigator lp says:

    Very goood teacher

  7. Emilio Abad Chamba says:

    Hí , there. I like your english. I speak spanish and I need a person to interchange learning language. Who want to speak spanish?

  8. Ibrahim Zubair says:

    good to see your white board tbh i missed it

  9. Diana Meireles says:

    Hi Jade! in the last board the word "phrases" is missing an "r". I liked your lessons so far and found it very useful. thank you.

  10. Justin Lee says:

    Thank you jade,it helps me so much. (from China)

  11. Pleiadians Bear says:


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  12. winged hussar says:

    I  must come up with this.If you talk ,write about the events that happened in the past but they referred to future we use " would " as a past form of will.
    Example.."He told me he would do it".

    Let's say that he told me what he was going to do and eventually it's done by him – everything that he has said to be done by him is done up to this point.

    What If He told me that he was going to do something in the future but it hasn't been done by him yet…I am still waiting for it to happen.?

    The question is…
    How Can I describe all of this talking about the past and the events that have already been done or have been done yet up to this point in time using the correct grammar ?.

    Also , If I write about the past to state that someone said something about my current situation I have been since it was said by him. Which tense is correct?

    He said I didin't need this or He said I don't need this – the tricky point is that again

    First sentence can refer to the past and the past only. ( He said I didn't need this ,,,and later on it appeared that I actually didin't need this )

    Second sentence can refer to my current situation even it was said by him in the past ,because I have been still an opinion  ,that I need this since I told me I didin't need it.

    How Can I describe everything proplerly by using the correct grammar ?

    I would really appreciate If I could get the correct answer.


  13. Carly WTF says:

    You're cool! I didn't expect that you were that good at delivering your words 🙂 keep it up!!!

  14. Marie S. says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful lessons with the world! 🙂

  15. Savio Rodrigues says:

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  18. AsmatUllah Haidari says:

    You r the best. Love you. Wanna see more of your videos.


    Jade thanks for your lesson, you are so amazing

  20. Jeong-woo Ha says:

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