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 Rita25 on Tue, 06/12/2022 - 01:14


Absolutely helpful, I've completed all the task and got them all correct. I will certainly use some of these new phrases. They are common phrases that may help you sound more natural in English.

For that, I'd like to make my own dialogue example.

(School Setting)
Lisa: Hi Clara, What's up?
Clara: Same as always, swamped with homework.
Lisa: Ooh! Just hang in there! Anyway, Do you know where is the science lab ?
Clara: Sorry! Come again? I didn't quite catch it. Could you say that again?
Lisa: I said How do I get to the science lab?
Clara: Ahh! Do you mean the science lab?
It's on the 8th floor, walk down the hall and turn right at the corner. There you'll see room 213 science lab.
Lisa: Could you repeat that more slowly?
Clara: 8th floor...... walk down the hall turn right at the corner.....There you'll see room 213 science lab.
Lisa: Is that the largest room at the corner? Next to the bathroom?
Clara: Yeah that's right!

Submitted by FeliipeAndresA on Sun, 04/12/2022 - 00:16


Totally. Really helpful.

Submitted by b14 on Sat, 03/12/2022 - 01:01


It's very useful, thank you very much.

Submitted by Haje_tj on Tue, 15/11/2022 - 03:57


yes it's really helpful for me to speaking.

Submitted by MaiTrinh on Sat, 29/10/2022 - 10:03


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About the lesson content is very useful and helps me to absorb it very well.
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Good to lean primary English.

Submitted by Ririn Fatma Nanda on Tue, 25/10/2022 - 03:56


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Submitted by GhadeerKurdi_98 on Fri, 21/10/2022 - 09:23


Of course, it helped me reinforce my basics very well. Thank you.

Submitted by Irfan Ali Yousufi on Wed, 19/10/2022 - 10:17


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