Check out today’s Teatime Titbit: Speak like a native. Disagreeing (strongly).
Disagreeing is always a sensitive (hier: Heikel) thing. If you know your opposite number, it’s that little easier.
If on the other hand, you don’t know him/her/them, I would suggest you soften the blow (den Schock ein wenig abmilden) by adding one of the following phrases beforehand:
I’m afraid (Leider) / I’m sorry / With (all) due respect (bei allem Respekt)
- Then deal the (final) blow (den Schlag versetzen)
- I totally/completely/wholly/fully disagree.
- I don’t agree at all.
- I disagree entirely.
- I can’t go along with you (on that)
- I beg to differ (Ich bin anderer Ansicht)
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