Which aspects does the cartoonist want you to see most and what does he want to criticize?
Can you explain other aspects of the topic?
exercise:Here you can find a lot relevant cartoons. Chose one and analyze it (see the 4 steps above) using the words and phrases below.
the point of the cartoon…
This cartoon shows… It focuses on… It deals with… It points out… In my opinion the cartoon is supposed to … The cartoon implies that … At first glance one might think that … a slight / gross exaggeration a satirical description (of)
The cartoonist critizizes… He points out that… makes us understand that… The cartoonist may want to convey that … His message might be that … Perhaps his intention is to show that … Critizises the…
to refer to … / a reference to … This cartoon leads us to the general problem of… We can talk about … as well
Now, we are discussing about our environment, about pollution and about climate change. Let’s try to get some helpful vocabulary structured:
problems to be seen – destruction / change of Nature
melting of the polar ice:
weather conditions: – hot and dry summers – rising temparatures – bush fires – huge areas of destroyed forests – dead animals – loss of animal habitats – droughts will cause bad harvests – storms – very cold winters
pollution of air: – CO2-emissions – smog – air pollution – too much traffic
pollution of water:
deforestation of the rainforest: – fire clearance of the rainforest –
loss of animal habitats: – some animal species will get extinct
loss of quality of life: – spread of diseases
natural disasters: – sea level rises, floods
human influences: – use of traditional energy: nuclear, oil, gas, coal
alternatives – what can be done?
awareness: – education – campeigns
alternative behaviour: – use green / renewable energies: solar, water, wind – use less plastic – eat less meat and dairy products – save ressources – fly less – use bike or public transport instead of cars, trains, planes etc. – don’t use your car so often
exercise: Now comment on your cartoon. Use the 3 steps and the vocabulary aids below.
In ein Thema einführen
Now, we are talking about…/discussing…. It’s all about…. This leads us to the question: ….
die eigene Meinung
As far as I’m concerned… I think…/ I don’t think… In my opinion… As far as I know… My honest opinion is… I believe that…/ I don’t believe that I’ve never come across the idea that… I’m convinced that… The way I see it… It seems to me that…
I agree with… I totally/fully/partly agree with…. Exactly. That’s an important point
Protestieren, dagegen sein
I don’t agree with… I wouldn’t say that… I don’t think so…. That can’t be right… I Don’t agree at all… however… It’s hard to say… I’m sorry, but… Can/May I add something? Sorry to interrupt you, but…
Abwägen, sich auf Argumente beziehen
I must admit that…. You’re right up to a point… You could be right…. One the one hand it’s true that… but you shouldn’t forget that… I can understand that… but…. One the one hand… on the other hand…. That’s a matter of opinion.
Beweise finden / behaupten
As a matter of fact…. That’s why… Opinion among experts is that…. Everybody knows that…
What do you think? What’s your opinion about…? Would you like to say something? What do you mean? What are your ideas? What are you trying to say?