ESL and 1-2-3 Transition Words

Let’s Talk Privacy in English: Use “1-2-3” to Organize Thoughts

talk privacy in 3's in English

 

我们来用英文讨论网络隐私:用“1-2-3”转换词汇来整理辩论要点

 

Privacy is a thorny topic. We want privacy and yet we also want to make ourselves heard and get our opinions out there. We want privacy and yet we also want to make friends and connect with the fads and memes on the internet. So, do the two things have to be exclusive? Can we not be private and also keep using social media and apps to connect with strangers and stranger things happening around the world? What do you think?

隐私问题是个难题。我们又想要有隐私,但又希望能够展现我们个人魅力,传达我们的意见。难道这两件事情必须二选一吗?你是什么意见?

 

Example of an Answer

表述例子

 

Firstly, I think we can do both but we have to be more informed.

On that note, I think we should be selective of what social media and apps to use and the risks involved.

Finally, it is important to know how to manage your online data, when to delete it and how to delete it safely.

 

Make Your Argument in 3’s

给出三个论点为辩论基础

 

When I think of privacy issues, I think of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal and the Ashley Madison hack. They were both cases where user data ended up in the hands of the wrong people. We talked about quitting Facebook and that users of Ashley Madison deserved to have their identities exposed because they were cheating on their wives and husbands. But what if I want to make an argument and not just a passing comment? What is the best way to go about this in English?

当我想到网络隐私,我会马上想到最近发生的脸谱网络数据泄露丑闻以及Ashley Madison婚外情网站被黑事件。

 

The best approach is to organize your opinions and ideas into 3’s. And you can easily do this by beginning each main idea with a “1-2-3” transition word like “firstly”, “secondly” and “thirdly”. Three things are enough to make a good argument. We also tend to remember things easier in 3’s.

如果想用英文就这两大涉及网络隐私的大事件发表我们各自的看法,那么最有效的方法是先整理出来三个论点进行表述。三个论点我们可以分别用firstlysecondlythirdly等转换词汇来逐一进行说明。

 

“Firstly” Transition Words

– For starters

– To begin with

– First things first

 

“Secondly” Transition Words

– Next

– Then

– Going further

 

“Thirdly” Transition Words

– To wrap up

– A final point to note

– In conclusion

 

Conclusion

Protecting one’s privacy online is a tricky matter. We don’t want our data to fall into the hands of the wrong people. But we also love living out our lives on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. Must we have one or the other? Can’t we not have control over our data and also enjoy flaunting selfies and dining-out shots? To make an argument and explain our thoughts on this issue in English, it is good to organize main ideas into 3’s. To do so, count down your ideas with “firstly”, “secondly” and “thirdly” transition words.

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