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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Beginner: A1
I'm taking all the language that I can, and these common phrases help me. I'm going to try to use it in a script or conversation but also it's important to me to make my own phrases using grammar.
The video is great! It looks simple but it helped me a lot though I knew all these phrases before.

Hello Violeta2020,

Are you still unable to see the video? It's working for me and I don't see any problems with it, so I suspect it may have been a temporary technical problem.

If you still can't see it, could you please try using a different browser or device to see if it works there?

If not, please let us what browser version you are using and I'll investigate further.

Thanks in advance and sorry for the inconvenience.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

The conversation is really awesome and I've learnt how to use them in a conversation though I knew them before. Thank you so much!
Very useful topics for beginner English learner just like me. I hope that I can learn English with britishcountcil at least.
Yes, it is. I think, this video helps me to improve my listening and speaking skills.
Of course, the video was very useful. I learned more English words and practiced about the phrases. Thank you for all that.
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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