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 Aiden Areo on Sun, 16/07/2023 - 10:05

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Submitted by Eaindrae Yee Mon on Thu, 13/07/2023 - 16:16


Very useful video to me.

Submitted by trustina on Mon, 26/06/2023 - 18:21


This lesson was very useful, in every task, i learn new words and how to speak that words. Thanks for the video!

Submitted by TeacherDavid89 on Wed, 21/06/2023 - 08:35


Nice resource. Is there a game to revise this topic that you could suggest?

Hello TeacherDavid89,

One simple game could be for your students to write the script for a similar situation using some of the language from the video.

You might also be interested in TeachingEnglish, where you can find lots of ideas for different lessons in general.

All the best,
LearnEnglish team

Submitted by Safe_Mode on Mon, 12/06/2023 - 10:26


This video was very useful. At the start of your learning you need to check your understanding very often

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Submitted by ali.elhanifi on Sat, 27/05/2023 - 23:12


Yes, The video is very useful.