Student or Learner
Ai: So you cooked in the dark?
Naomi: I did. There was a power cut but I really wanted to cook. So I shouted to the air, ďBlackout! Eat your hat!Ē and cut vegetables and cooked in the dark.
Ai: If I may say so, thatís a scary image.
Naomi: It must be. My eyes finally got used to the dark, so the dish was very tasty.
Ai: It sounds like the power cut is helping you develop new skills.
Is "If I may say so ..." interchangeable with "In my view ..." or "In my opinion ..."?
With your permission to speak freely, I think that's . . .
If you will allow me to speak frankly, I find that . . .
If it's OK with you that I speak honestly, I think that's . . .
And moving towards the less polite end of the spectrum:
If we can talk man to man, I believe ....
If I can call a spade a spade, I think ...
If we can drop this politeness act, I reckon ... (Not recommended for beginners)
If we can cut the crap, you should ... (Not really recommended at all)