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 ikrama idrees on Wed, 13/12/2023 - 08:13


Hello Dear Learn English Support Team.
I've always recommended my learner to watch these videos at home but I've always had the same complaint about the quality of these videos that they won't play - a video will pause every few seconds. I would really appreciate if you could resolve this issue for us.

Hello ikrama idrees,

Thanks for your message. As far as I can tell, there is no problem with the video; it plays correctly for me.

If your students' internet connection has low bandwidth, this could result in the videos pausing every few seconds. Do they have the same problem when they play videos in YouTube or on other websites, for example? If so, it might be their connection.

Best wishes,
LearnEnglish team

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Submitted by MINA ADEL HANN… on Tue, 21/11/2023 - 09:31


Perfect video for beginners

Submitted by Banuk on Wed, 25/10/2023 - 09:03


I think this video basic but useful for like me beginner. Thanks