Arriving late to class

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Student 1: Sorry. Sorry, excuse me. I'm just … just coming to sit over here. Phew. Hey. How's it going? So, what have I missed?

Student 2: Nothing. He just started around five minutes ago.

Student 1: Did he say anything about the mid-term?

Student 2: What?

Student 1: About the mid-term tests. Did he say anything about when he was going to hand them back?

Student 2: He's almost finished marking them, he said. We get them next Tuesday.

Student 1: I'm sorry, I didn't catch that. When do we get them?

Student 2: Tuesday. Next Tuesday.

Student 1: OK. Got it. Sorry. What page are we meant to be on?

Student 2: Page 34.

Student 1: Page … 34. Oh, wait. I don't have my textbook. Can I … share with you? Wow. This is hard stuff.

Student 2: Mmm.

Student 1: What does SEO mean?

Student 2: What?

Student 1: SEO. This is all about SEO but he hasn't said what it means.

Student 2: Search engine optimisation. How to appear on internet searches.

Student 1: Internet searches. Right. Right. OK.

Student 2: He said what it meant.

Student 1: What?

Student 2: He explained it before you got here.

Student 1: Oh. Right. OK.

Student 2: Can you be quiet? I'm trying to listen to the lecture.

Student 1: So am I. Sorry. Sorry, one more question. What does this have to do with the American Revolution?

Student 2: What?

Student 1: I don't get it. Why is he talking about search engines in a course on the American Revolution?

Student 2: What are you talking about? This is a class on software engineering.

Student 1: You mean, it's not Early American History?

Student 2: You're in the wrong class.

Student 1: Oh, wow. Now it all makes sense. I'm so sorry.

Student 2: It's fine. 

Student 1: Here, I'll just … excuse me. I'm in the wrong class. Excuse me. Thanks. Sorry.  

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Submitted by conejo on Tue, 10/03/2020 - 02:46

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If I dont understand something I try to Pay attention. But if ten minutes after I am still Lost, I ask a lot of questions.

Submitted by Sara mohammed on Sun, 23/02/2020 - 14:04

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In this case we have two options the first one is to raise your hands and ask your teacher. The second is to ask students sitting beside you. For me i prefer the first option to not make noise or interrupt my colleagues.

Submitted by shahhoseini on Sun, 23/02/2020 - 08:50

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It is better the students consider the following points for the deep understanding of a lesson: 1- They must come to class on time. 2- They must listen to the lecture carefully. 3- They must write some of their questions 4- After class, they must refer to the textbook to find answers to their questions as much as possible. 5- If they couldn't obtain their answers must take time from the teacher and ask him to explain them. Dear teacher, I think I have repeated some words like 'they' and 'must' too much. What is your opinion?

Hello shahhoseini

I don't find that you use 'they' or 'them' excessively here, but if you wanted to avoid them, you could use simple imperatives instead of 'They must ...'. For example: 'Come to class on time, Listen carefully,' etc. That would also reduce the user of 'must'; alternatively, you could use 'should' or 'have to' or both to vary things a bit.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by huyentran on Sat, 15/02/2020 - 10:34

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When I was in middle school, I was good at math. But when I went to high school, I became bad at math. I am very sad about myself because mathematics in my country is the main subject and if I want to be a good student, my math score must be high. In class, I often do not understand math lessons, in those times I would ask my friends about things I find difficult or complicated and sometimes I also ask teachers about my problems. Fortunately, my friends and teachers were very kind, always explaining me wholeheartedly. It made me feel very happy but some of my classmates were grumpy, they didn't want to take the time to explain it to me but I understood and sympathized with them.
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Submitted by mehrazin on Sun, 26/01/2020 - 17:27

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At the end of the teaching whenever the teacher asks us have nt u had any problems or was it clear ? i raise my hand and ask my question, if its useless again and i dont percept again i prefer to ask one of my classmate to explain me the tips have to do with the course.

Submitted by I P on Sat, 14/12/2019 - 18:53

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Sometimes, when I can t understand, or miss something during the class, I ask my friend ( who sits with me), - what is that about, or try to figure out by myslef, but I do never ask my teacher, because I m too shy

Submitted by OmarAdelSherif on Fri, 04/10/2019 - 19:01

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When I don’t understand something in class, either I ask my friends and try to understand what I haven’t got or I raise my hands to get what I haven’t understand from my teacher.

Submitted by Captainblack_009 on Sun, 29/09/2019 - 09:05

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What ı have missed? What have ı missed? This two quesition mean same or not? Because ı wrote what ı have missed? Answer is not correct.

Hello Captainblack_009

'What have I missed?' is the correct form and the other one is not correct. In most questions, the word order of the subject (in this case 'I') and the auxiliary verb ('have') is inverted, in other words, changed.

You can read more about this on our Question forms page.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Lydriannah on Mon, 23/09/2019 - 15:22

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I have completed the following lesson of Arriving late to class. The level that i choosed was intermediate B1 listening. When i don't understand something in class, i always ask my friend until i get what the lecturer say because im a slow pick up person and need to ask it again and again in order to understand it. Beside that, i plan to record their voice in case i wanna listen on what was our topic for the day so that i won't disturb my friend during classes and only ask if i really don't understand

Submitted by Lydriannah on Mon, 23/09/2019 - 15:15

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This is quite interesting. The guy is exacy like in class except i dont arrive late and went to the wrong class.

Submitted by nuryatie binti abdal on Thu, 19/09/2019 - 10:22

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i have completed the following lessons of A phone call from a customer, Arriving late to class, and Meeting an old friend.The level that i chose was intermediate B1 Listening.

Submitted by syahirah suhaimi on Thu, 19/09/2019 - 08:26

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I have completed the following lessons of A phone call from a customer, Arriving late to class, Meeting an old friend . The level that I chose is Intermediate B1 Listening.

Submitted by Muhamad Aqmal … on Thu, 19/09/2019 - 08:22

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I have completed the following lessons of Arriving Late to Class.The level that I chose was intermediate B1 listening

Submitted by marcalyn on Thu, 19/09/2019 - 07:52

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I have completed the following lessons of Arriving Late In Class. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening.

Submitted by Aiman Naim on Thu, 19/09/2019 - 07:48

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I have completed the following lessons of Arriving late to class. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening

Submitted by Ikmal Haaziq on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 13:47

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I have completed the following lessons of A student Discussion, A weather Forecast, and Making a Decision. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening.

Submitted by hazeeqishida on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 11:20

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I have completed the following lessons of A student Discussion, A weather Forecast, and Making a Decision. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening.

Submitted by Ikmal Haaziq on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 09:57

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I have completed the following lessons of A student Discussion, A weather Forecast, and Making a Decision. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening.

Submitted by muhammad zainu… on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 09:15

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I have completed the following lessons of A student Discussion, arriving late to class, and Making a Decision. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening."

Submitted by Aisyah Hassan on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 08:56

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I have completed the following lessons of a Arriving late to class. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening.

Submitted by fatin sahira on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 08:37

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I have completed the following lessons of Meeting an old friend, A phone call from a customer, and Arriving late to class. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening.

Submitted by Siti Aida on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 08:33

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I have completed the following lessons of A phone call from a customer, Arriving late to class, Meeting an old friend. The level that I choose was Intermediate B1 Listening.

Submitted by Izzah Insyirah on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 08:31

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I have completed the following lesson of A arriving late to the class. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening.

Submitted by hafizatul on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 08:27

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I have completed the following lessons of A student Discussion ,A Weather Forecast,and Making a Decision.The level that I chose was intermediate B1 Listening.

Submitted by Zun Addwa bint… on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 08:25

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I have completed the following lessons of A student Discussion, A weather Forecast, and Making a Decision. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening.

Submitted by fatin afiqah on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 08:17

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I have completed the following lessons of Arriving Late to Class, Chatting About a Series and Meeting an Old Friend. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening.

Submitted by popo1011 on Sun, 08/09/2019 - 05:56

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I try to repeat lesson myself, If I did not understand, I ask teacher.
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Submitted by Magedelabd on Sun, 01/09/2019 - 18:05

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I follow the excited rolls if I do not understand something in the classroom. If it is ok to raise my hand and ask , so it is ok , I will do it . If I have to write down a note till the end of the class , so it is fine.
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Submitted by mehrazin on Sat, 31/08/2019 - 20:17

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When i dont comprehend lesson in class, id like to raise my hand in order to ask my question but i prefer to wait and listen carefully to the ideas and extra explanations about the lesson topic which are offered during the question and answer process of learning then at the end, if the confuson is still going on .. i will ask my teacher to clear and explain me the point and might repeat the tips.
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Submitted by Steve Zarv on Wed, 14/08/2019 - 16:50

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What I do when I don't understand what's the teacher talking about is,firstly I try to figure it out accord to my notes. Usually our teacher give us the class agenda at the beginning of the term time so that we can review some topics to get ready to learn it in the class, if i don't get it just ask one of my classmates.

Submitted by starfish2019 on Sat, 10/08/2019 - 21:22

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When you don't understand something in class, what do you do? First I tried to read my textbook again to understand, or if not then I asked my classmates. Even that didn't comprehend me, then I raised my hand to ask the questions to my teachers until I get something.

Submitted by JForoogh on Wed, 07/08/2019 - 14:50

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I look for in text book.

Submitted by Haya1_ on Sun, 04/08/2019 - 20:53

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Actually when I missed something I ask my teacher about at the end of the class, sometimes there are things that I missed them but I can got then and understand during the class It was very nice audio

Submitted by naser.z on Tue, 23/07/2019 - 06:28

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I avoid listening to rest of the class.

Submitted by For dais on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:16

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Hi ,firstly thank u British council.I want to speak English fluently like native Britishers . I love this language. I hope it will be comes true my dream.

Submitted by mohshu on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:12

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Hello, Where is the PDF file for this lesson? Regards
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Submitted by Kirk on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:15

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Hello mohshu

I'm afraid we haven't finished creating it yet, but it is on our to-do list. I'm sorry for the inconvenience!

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Kinza123 on Tue, 25/06/2019 - 16:37

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It feels really good when your teacher explains terms in detail about which you don't have any or few information before asking the question yourself. But obviously most of the time we have to search it by ourselves after we study the topic again

Submitted by maria.khazaee on Sun, 02/06/2019 - 14:13

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when I am confused about my understanding on every classes,i prefer not to ask any question,instead i search it by myself after class and if i do't realize it even after my attempts,I will ask it on the next class!
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Submitted by AL-Mustafa on Sat, 25/05/2019 - 12:18

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Actually it very funny , i liked it .

Submitted by Nishu Verma on Mon, 20/05/2019 - 03:53

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I wait for my teacher to finish and then raise my hand to ask questions.

Submitted by liaben on Thu, 16/05/2019 - 12:18

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In my case, I ask to the professor as soon as he/she let us to make questions.

Submitted by Demi on Thu, 25/04/2019 - 09:29

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I ask to teachers or friends but I never ask while the teacher is explaining something.
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Submitted by Siberian on Wed, 24/04/2019 - 14:49

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I am trying to catch the main sense of issue and sit quet :)

Submitted by gallo on Tue, 23/04/2019 - 16:43

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I ask the correct answer as soon as I can. It´s very important for learning anything in class.
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Submitted by Vijay Singh on Tue, 23/04/2019 - 01:25

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I think it is normal with a new topic. Sometimes, I was ask the teacher to clear the confusions and most of the time I thoroughly study the topic and clear my confusions.