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 mohamed_samir77 on Tue, 26/04/2022 - 19:26


It was a useful lesson to learn , I think I'll remember it for along time

Submitted by SetarehS on Wed, 20/04/2022 - 16:34


Yes, it's great , I can understand it very well.

Submitted by aahmed on Mon, 18/04/2022 - 09:23


yes , it is very good

Submitted by loeychel on Tue, 05/04/2022 - 18:59


I can't find and play a video what's wrong with my phone

Hi loeychel,

Thanks for letting us know. I have just checked the video and it seems to be working OK for me. Do the other videos in the Speaking section work for you? One thing you can try is to use a different web browser. But if that doesn't work, it may be blocked in your local area for some reason.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Bouziene_Nacef on Tue, 05/04/2022 - 13:11


Thanks British Council !!!!!!!

Submitted by sinilidoch on Mon, 04/04/2022 - 08:21


yeah, this video is so usefull, thanks for course.