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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This video is been very useful for me. Because I learnt new phrases also I practiced with it. Thanks a lot.

Hello Imran Hosen,

Is the video still not working for you? It's working for me, and I don't see any errors on the page. Usually this means that the browser or device you are using is not compatible with the video player. I'd suggest trying a different browser and/or device and seeing if it works there.

If not, please let us know what operating system, browser and browser version you're using and I'll see if I can figure out what's wrong.

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Kirk

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Hello Samer Isa,

I don't see any problems with the video. I'm afraid this means that the problem is probably with your device or browser. I'd suggest trying different ones to see if one works.

All the best,

Kirk

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Hi Ekaterine Bakhtadze,

Thanks for letting us know. I've just checked the video and it works OK for me at the moment. I wonder if it was a temporary problem.

Could you let us know if the video still doesn't play for you? If it doesn't work, do you find this problem with other video and audio on the site too, or only this one? Also, does the video work if you try using a different web browser program? Thanks.

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Jonathan

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Yes. This video is useful for me beacuse i learn new words like spanner, toolbox.
Yes, I do.The video is mery useful because sometimes is dificult to me understand some phrases and some sentences like "Can you repeat slowly" and others are useful.
Yes. This video was useful me because i learned new words like spanner , pass. Also improved my listening ability. Thanks for everything :)
I have been understood through watching video about basic phrase. How can I use these phrase over day ? 1)Is this it 2) that's right In all tenses along example!

Hello Karan Narang,

When Paul wants to check that he has the right tool in his hand, he says 'Is this it?' You could use this in a similar situation. It's also possible to change the tense, but it would be a little difficult since in that case it might not be as clear what you mean.

'That's right' is a very common way of saying that what someone has said is correct. Like before, it's most commonly used in the present.

Hope this helps you.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

This video is very useful for my listening and speaking skills. I think if I'll listen more videos like this, I'll improve and understand more difficult phrases. Thank!
Yeah,I liked it,this content is very useful for some situations,when you don't understand someone in english you have to know how you will ask the right phrases to communicate with other person.
i'm very happy learn about english speaking here, and this is very helpfull for me. Thank you
this kinds of videos are very helpful and can help us to unterstand more phrases. i have learnt more useful phrases now. and i can use them in our real life. I am sorry. I can not hear that. could you say that again please? could you repeat that more slowley please? Do you mean the hummer. is this it? that is right.

Hi Eltayeb,

Unfortunately, sharing personal contact details is not allowed in our House Rules. But you can practise conversation by writing comments and replies here on this site :)

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Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

I have found the video very useful. It is worth it and funny. Bod and Poul make a perfect facial expression. I love it.
Yeah this is video is really useful for me. I like watching video like this when I want to improve my English.
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