Frases útiles para criticar en inglés

A veces, realmente tenemos que criticar algo que alguien ha dicho o hecho. Sin embargo, incluso si es una crítica, tenemos que ser discretos y ser educados. En esta lección, aprenderemos algunas frases útiles para criticar en inglés y  para hacer que las críticas sean más educadas y suaves.

Listado de frases útiles para criticar en inglés

ExpresionesSignificado / Cómo se usa
That wasn’t very clever of you.

What were you thinking of?

Estas frases podrían expresar una crítica amistosa o una dura reprimenda dependiendo del tono de voz.
I bet you wish you hadn’t done that.

Why on Earth did you go and do that?

Estas frases son amigables o en tono de broma cuando se usan con una fuerte entonación de subida y bajada al verbo “apuesta” y la palabra “Tierra”.
You made a right mess of that.Muy crítico cuando se usa con entonación plana. Usar esto incorrectamente puede herir.
I wouldn’t do that again (in a hurry)

Oops.

Son siempre amigables en tono.
What a total disaster.Cuando enfatizas “total” con un tono fuerte y plano, puede sonar grosero y duro. Un tono de subida y bajada podría hacer que parezca amigable.
You put your right foot in it (there)

That was a bit uncalled for.

Se utilizan para criticar algo que alguien dijo.
How do you think it could be improved?Cuando le preguntas a alguien la opinión sobre cómo se puede hacer algo mejor.
Just have a look at…Se usa para mostrarle a alguien el error que cometió, en lugar de las críticas directas.
Overall, it’s good. However, there are a few things that could be improved.Forma más cortés e indirecta de criticar a alguien.
I’ve done that myself…Se utiliza para demostrar que simpatizas con la persona que está siendo criticada.
Don’t get me wrong, but… 

Don’t get me wrong…

Se utiliza para preparar a la persona de las críticas que está a punto de recibir o escuchar y cuando deseas asegurarte de que alguien entienda tus comentarios correctamente.
Can I have a quick word with you?Se utiliza cuando quieres hablar en privado, especialmente sobre el error que ha cometido.
I have to say …

I’m bound to say…

Se utilizan cuando vas a decir algo que puede molestar a alguien.
With respect…

Will all due respect…

Suena más educado al no estar de acuerdo o criticar a alguien.
To say the least…

To put it mildly…

Se usan para sugerir que algo es peor o más extremo de lo que estás diciendo.

 

 Ejercicios

An expression which is used to show somebody the mistake he made, rather than outright criticism. (Just have a look at…)

  • Just have a look at…
  • Oops

What a total disaster.An expression used to show that you sympathize the person being criticized. (I’ve done that myself)

  • See, I told you so.
  • I’ve done that myself.
  • I wouldn’t do that if I were you.

An expression used to prepare the person of the criticism he is about to receive or hear. (Don’t get me wrong but…)

  • I’ve done that myself.
  • Don’t get me wrong, but…
  •  Oops.

An expression used when you are going to say something that may upset or annoy someone. (I have to say…)

  • I have to say…
  • As what I have said…
  • What I’m saying is…

An expression used when you want to make sure that someone understands your comments correctly. (Don’t get me wrong…)

  • Don’t get me wrong…
  • I have to say…
  • I told you…

An expression used to sound more polite in criticizing someone. (Will all due respect)

  • With all due respect…
  • Don’t get me wrong…
  • As I was saying…

An expression used when you want to talk someone in private. (Can I have a word with you?)

  • Can I have a word with you?
  • That was a bit uncalled for.
  • I wouldn’t do that if I were you.

An expression that expresses a friendly criticism or a harsh scolding depending on the tone of the voice. (What were you thinking of?)

  • What were you thinking of?
  • Didn’t I tell you so?
  • That was a bit uncalled for, you know!

 

Ejercicios de speaking  sobre frases útiles para criticar en inglés

    1. Why do we criticize others? How often do you give criticisms?
    2. Are you open to criticisms? Talk a specific example where one criticizes you and how you took it.
    3. How do you give most criticisms? What are the most common subjects of your criticisms?
    4. Have you ever wanted to be a critic (food, movie, etc.)?
    5. “If you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything.” Do you agree or not? Explain.
    6. Aristotle: “To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing and be nothing.”   Explain.
    7. Do you trust the idea of different critics?