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.

Transcript

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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It is very helpful to learn, it helps me to explain to someone what I need. It helps me to how I do when I don't understand someone say.

Hello arora,

After doing the exercises, try listening with the transcript (listening and reading). Then try saying the text yourself, and finally try saying it with (and at the same speed as) the recording. This will help you to develop speed in your speech, which is a key component of fluency.  You'll also pick up a lot of language as chunks -- words which are often used together in set phrases -- which you can use to communicate with less hesitation. 

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Biraqi,

When I said 'try saying it with (and at the same speed as) the recording', I meant 'audio', or perhaps I should have said 'video' really. The idea was to practise repeating the sentences or phrases until you can say them quickly.

But your idea of using your mobile phone to record yourself is also a very good one! You can use it to practise and to compare your pronunciation to the video.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Why not? Words spoken are more audible and clear when watching video than reading transcript.
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It is really really useful segment for the beginner and for the advanced levels students as well. I am very much interested in the course.
Of course. It contains some useful phrases which can help me to explain to someone what I need or inform that I didn't clearly understand my dialog partner. They are very simple but still handy. When you learn a foreign language you should never neglect every single helpful phrase no matter how simple it looks.
Yes, I found this lesson very useful. As I practice English with natives, sometimes I don't know the word, so I ask them to repeat again.
i thought this lessons or some videos are very useful as I learnt some phrases and made me pratice how to make a good pronunciation
yes i find this great video.it is very useful for english learners like as me.thanks.i get the more phrases and i heard the right pronunciation.
Yes, I found it useful and learned new words and sentences, like hammer, scissors, pass the hammer to me, the hammer is in the toolbox on the left under scissors.
I have found this video very useful as i have learnt some useful phrases from this video as well as the correct pronunciation of them.