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 MonicaJ on Sat, 16/10/2021 - 07:09


I loved doing the exercises, and the video was useful. These helped me also with the vocabulary, ask questions and reply to people in the quotidian life. Thanks.

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Wed, 13/10/2021 - 17:12


yes it is very useful and it is suitable to improve my english

Submitted by Trúc Linh on Sat, 02/10/2021 - 11:06


Yes, I find it very useful. Thanks very much!!

Submitted by avenesra on Thu, 12/08/2021 - 11:13

Of course, thanks a lot!

Submitted by Maitane on Mon, 02/08/2021 - 17:23

Yes, I found this video useful because it's necessary to know these sentences specially when it's difficult to you to follow the conversation, due to the lack of knowledge in a new language such as English.
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Submitted by YinLiXing on Fri, 30/07/2021 - 15:52

Good video lesson!I like this way to improve my speaking skill.

Submitted by Emily Mellor on Sat, 17/07/2021 - 11:18

It's very useful for speaking. Thanks a lot.