How to ask someone to repeat something

Learn different ways you can ask someone to repeat what they have said.

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the task. You can read the transcript at any time.

Transcript

Man: (Have you seen a green pen anywhere?)

Woman: I'm sorry, I didn't quite catch that.

Man: (I said, 'Have you seen a green pen?')

Woman: Could you say that again?

Man: (Green pen, see it anywhere?)

Woman: I'm sorry ... I still didn't get that.

Man: (I said, 'Have you seen a green pen anywhere?')

Woman: Could you say that again?

Man: (Green pen, see it anywhere?)

Woman: One more time?

Man: (Have you seen a green pen anywhere?)

Woman: No, sorry. Nothing.

Man: (Have you seen a green pen anywhere?)

Woman: Look! I can't hear a word you're saying.

Man: I said, 'Have you seen a green pen?' Oh, there it is!

 

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Submitted by alberto bastos on Sun, 02/05/2021 - 21:03

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I can't hear well. The words in the videos are so fast. Do you explain what's matter? Sorry for my question.

Hi alberto bastos,

Yes, it is a bit fast, and what the man says is unclear (which is why the woman needs to ask him to repeat it).

Try using the transcript to see the full text. Also, pause after an unclear part, and go back and listen to that part again until you catch the words. I hope that helps :)

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello alberto,

The people in this video speak at a natural speed for native speakers. It's not unusual for students to find that difficult, which is why we include transcripts of what they say. I'd suggest you try reading the transcript as you listen.

I'd also suggest you try our Speaking and Listening skills sections, where you can find resources at the level that's best for you. I'd also suggest checking out Podcasts and Writing home.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by ewa hart on Tue, 04/08/2020 - 12:46

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I think the words of the videoes are fast. So, I can't hear it well. I think it will be good for learning English if they speak slowly. It will be easier to catch the words. Thanks for the helpful lesson!!!!!!!!!
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Submitted by ewa hart on Tue, 04/08/2020 - 12:33

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Sorry, could you repeat it, please? Am... actually I couldn't catch your words. This is another way. Is there any problem.

Submitted by Stela Stoycheva on Thu, 02/04/2020 - 15:29

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Maybe with non-verbal communication...

Submitted by theguest22 on Sun, 22/03/2020 - 05:17

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It's great ,because these sentences all use like this situation , when somebody say something for more than three time and you don't quite hear him . Please if I have any mistakes in my comment, correct it to me, don't be shy

Submitted by Aktham Youssef on Tue, 10/03/2020 - 10:44

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sorry ,but videos doesn't work well

Hello Aktham Youssef

I'm sorry that the video doesn't work well for you. Could you please tell us more about the problems you're having? Are you able to see other videos on our site, for example in the Video zone or Starting Out?

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Suo Kevin on Mon, 09/12/2019 - 15:42

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simple and useful

Submitted by bawk san aung on Fri, 23/08/2019 - 11:44

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Sorry! i can't hear well.

Submitted by parisaach on Sat, 17/08/2019 - 04:45

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The most usual way that I use to ask some one repeat a sentence is ' please repeat' or ' Sorry I can't understand you' or I say 'what?'

Submitted by tukytuk on Wed, 08/05/2019 - 16:13

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I had never heard the first one!

Submitted by Tirsit Mengesha on Wed, 01/05/2019 - 19:12

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It is great but i got a chance to attend the class here in Addis Ababa,Ethiopia. when i took listening assessment a bit different from this.
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Submitted by Educator Ashraful on Sun, 16/09/2018 - 14:27

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It's really so nice topic. Thanks so much!

Submitted by JunyanHu on Sat, 16/06/2018 - 12:07

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I am sorry to say that I cannot watch your video here since I am located in China. What a pity!
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Submitted by Shree99 on Fri, 18/05/2018 - 10:26

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Ican't understand what you are saying.. I can't hear your voice... , could you repeat that,please? These phrases are useful for asking someone to repeat something

Submitted by Muhammad Erad on Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:52

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Hello Sir, is it correct sentence: "I recite incantation in the morning".

Hello Muhammad Erad,

The word 'incantation' is used in certain contexts, but, for example, in the Abrahamic religions people don't recite incantations -- instead they 'pray' or 'recite prayers'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team