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 Khairuddin Nazari on Wed, 12/04/2023 - 16:32


Thank you. The video was useful.

Submitted by victguevara on Wed, 12/04/2023 - 01:44


Sometimes, it is difficult to look for a way how to notice that we don't understand or do not hear something in particular, I think this will force us to use these phrases to request more help from people.

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Submitted by HamidGmi on Fri, 07/04/2023 - 17:02


Hello, this practice was very great to me, Thank you all.

Submitted by esteban_vera on Sat, 25/03/2023 - 22:22


yes, that video was wonderful, I understond

Submitted by theinmin on Sat, 25/03/2023 - 01:30


It is helpful for me because they say clearly

Submitted by Camtule on Thu, 23/03/2023 - 12:40


hi, i'm very glad about this video. It's so interesting. I studied some useful phases used for checking my understand. thank you so much!