About this lesson
In this lesson you will learn how to persuade someone in an argument. You will learn:
- How to state an opinion
- How to give reasons why you feel that way
- How to defend your opinion by forming counter-arguments
You will also learn some major facets of hip hop culture and some arguments in favor of and against its place in American society.
For the purposes of this lesson, phrases highlighted in blue are arguing tactics (phrases used to introduce and rebut arguments), green phrases are idioms, and red words are difficult vocabulary.
I don’t understand why
I don’t understand why anyone likes hip hop music.
How can you enjoy listening to such offensive music?
It’s violent, aggressive, and demeaning to women.
That’s not true
What makes you say it’s violent?
All they ever talk about is guns, drugs, and abusing women.
That’s not true!
There are some rappers that only talk about that.
But these days rappers mostly talk about money.
Alright, but apart from…
Alright, but apart from the subject matter…
There’s nothing interesting about the music itself.
All the songs sound the same.
If you’ve heard one, you’ve heard them all.
The expression above is more commonly used with the verb “see” – “If you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all.” It works fine with any verb though.
Keep in mind…
Well keep in mind though…
You have to listen for a while to appreciate it.
You have to train your ear to hear the different musical features.
Then you can figure out what you like and don’t like.
The problem is that..
The problem is that…
People who judge it only hear what’s on the radio, which is crap.
What’s mainstream kinda sucks.
You have to probe a little further to find the good stuff.
A whole culture
Besides, hip hop goes way beyond music; it’s a whole culture.
It appeals to youth worldwide, and that can’t be for nothing.
If it were just about guns and money…
…how could it mean so much to so many people?