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Nesse episódio do podcast Inglês Online falamos sobre vocabulário relacionado a fazer críticas.
Hi, all. Today we have a new episode of the inglesonline podcast. To download or just listen to other episodes and download transcripts, go to inglesonline.com.br and click Podcast Inglesonline.
Today I’d like to talk about a business-related topic… criticism. First things first – listen to the word criticism again: CRITICISM. It’s as if you had an “a” between the S and the M: “criticisam”. OK, so for the second time I’m using a newsletter issued by technology company HP, or Hewlet Packard, as inspiration. This time what caught my eye was the vocabulary involved when you’re criticizing someone’s work. Or maybe I should say, when you’re constructively criticizing someone’s work. It is still very common for people to take criticism the wrong way, or to be offended, and… of course, the way you deliver your criticism makes all the difference.
However if you are planning to maintain some kind of professional interaction with American people you probably should get used to giving and receiving constructive criticism. People say ‘constructive feedback’ as well… same thing. In the time I studied and worked in the United States, no matter what kind of project I was involved in there always came a time when we had to meet with other people in order to get some feedback. Of course it can be nerve-wracking, but if you’re lucky enough to have a good boss and peers, you probably won’t be caught off guard by that kind of meeting.
So the HP newsletter I read is all about how to make criticism and the language you can use for that. I recommend reading the entire article since it’s gonna give you some insight into American culture, and also because I’m only going to touch on a few expressions from the article here, so, just click the link here on the podcast and read it to become familiar with a lot more vocabulary related to criticism.
The article splits the suggestions in three categories, and the first one is mild criticism. Mild means soft or weak, something that isn’t strong or extreme. Do you get the idea of mild criticism? Mild criticism comes across more like a suggestion but, don’t be fooled, if it’s your boss giving you the suggestion my guess would be… you’d better take it! Listen to some phrases from the article that can be used to give mild criticism:
Here’s a good one:
Let’s move on to a few examples of moderate criticism. This one is, of course, a bit stronger or more comprehensive than mild criticism.
Here’s one more:
And now let’s look at a couple of examples of what the article called heavy criticism.
And here’s one more:
So these were my chosen examples for this podcast. I disagree with how the author of the article classified the expressions: some of them don’t sound like heavy criticism to me, but I guess it really would depend on the content of the criticism. What you might notice when you read through the list is that people usually try not to sound aggressive when they’re giving someone feedback. Many people use mild words and expressions to deliver their criticism.
So tell us: have you received some criticism at work recently? How was it delivered? What do you think about the expressions mentioned in the article? Talk to you next time.
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Vocabulary concerning criticism.
constructive criticism = crítica construtiva
there always came a time when = sempre chegava uma hora em que
nerve-wracking = qualidade de algo que nos deixa muito nervosos
be caught off guard = ser pego desprevenido, ficar sem reação
if you’re lucky enough to = se você tiver a sorte de
I’m only going to touch on = eu só vou falar brevemente sobre
comprehensive = abrangente