Checking understanding

In this video, Paul has problems understanding Bob. Listen to the language they use for checking understanding and practise saying the useful phrases.

Do the preparation exercise first. Then watch the video and do the exercises to check your understanding and practise the language.


Ana: Hi, I'm Ana. Welcome to What to Say!


Do you know what to say when you want to check your understanding? Listen out for useful language for checking your understanding. Then, we'll practise saying the new phrases – after this.


Bob: This isn't right. Hey! Excuse me, Paul, could you pass me the hammer?

Paul: Sorry, Bob, my ears are blocked. I can't hear you very well. Could you say that again, please?

Bob: The hammer. Please could you pass it to me?

Paul: The spanner?

Bob: No. The hammer! 

Paul: Sorry, Bob, I don't understand. This is the spanner! 

Bob: No, Paul, I need the hammer. It's in the toolbox, on the left, under the scissors.

Paul: Sorry, Bob. Could you repeat that more slowly, please? 

Bob: The hammer … in the toolbox … on the left … under the scissors.

Paul: On the left … under the scissors … Oh! Do you mean the hammer? Is this it?

Bob: Yes, that's right! 

Paul: Ah! Why didn't you say so?

Bob: I did! 


Ana: Hello again! Oh dear. I think Paul needs to go home and sleep. So, did you notice the useful phrases used for checking your understanding? Listen to me and then repeat.


I'm sorry?

I can't hear you very well.

Could you say that again, please?

I don't understand.

Can you repeat that more slowly, please?

Do you mean the hammer?

Is this it?

Yes, that's right! 


Ana: Try and use some of these phrases the next time you want to check your understanding in English. Bye for now! 


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Submitted by Saleemullah Khattak on Thu, 02/07/2020 - 07:13

It is really really useful segment for the beginner and for the advanced levels students as well. I am very much interested in the course.
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Submitted by Hennadii on Wed, 01/07/2020 - 15:42

Of course. It contains some useful phrases which can help me to explain to someone what I need or inform that I didn't clearly understand my dialog partner. They are very simple but still handy. When you learn a foreign language you should never neglect every single helpful phrase no matter how simple it looks.

Submitted by Santossr9 on Wed, 01/07/2020 - 14:51

Yes, I did. This videos are very good and I'm learning a lot of things with it.
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Submitted by mhmdimarah on Mon, 29/06/2020 - 21:05

Yes, I found this lesson very useful. As I practice English with natives, sometimes I don't know the word, so I ask them to repeat again.

Submitted by yusuf fanani on Sun, 28/06/2020 - 23:18

i thought this lessons or some videos are very useful as I learnt some phrases and made me pratice how to make a good pronunciation
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Submitted by A Yar Kyaw on Sun, 28/06/2020 - 16:26

yes i find this great is very useful for english learners like as me.thanks.i get the more phrases and i heard the right pronunciation.

Submitted by Mohamed Fawzy on Sat, 27/06/2020 - 12:33

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Submitted by abudo93 on Fri, 26/06/2020 - 19:31

Yes, I found it useful and learned new words and sentences, like hammer, scissors, pass the hammer to me, the hammer is in the toolbox on the left under scissors.

Submitted by eshan.saif on Fri, 26/06/2020 - 15:39

I have found this video very useful as i have learnt some useful phrases from this video as well as the correct pronunciation of them.