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.


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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Submitted by Abd_Elhak on Tue, 09/04/2024 - 14:37


good useful lessen

Submitted by PauloHahn on Wed, 27/03/2024 - 10:16


Yes, I find the video useful because I could improve my speaking skill with helpful phrases.

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Submitted by Tar Tar on Wed, 27/03/2024 - 02:55


Yes, I did. I repeated after her. This practice is useful for me.

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Submitted by hussein12 on Fri, 15/03/2024 - 02:43


This video good very well

Submitted by cicerocoghi on Tue, 12/03/2024 - 12:15


Yes, the video is so nice and the speaking is so clear as well. Nice to practise and to improve my speaking....thanks very much.

Submitted by HernandMar on Mon, 11/03/2024 - 15:58


I deeply think that is great learning method to improve our listening skills, thanks a lot.

Submitted by nooraldeen mustafa on Sat, 24/02/2024 - 19:31


Yes, it's a good video that teaches people how to make to be more patient. 

Submitted by nooraldeen mustafa on Sat, 24/02/2024 - 19:28



hello , Can you repeat it again , I cant understand what's you say. please ? 

it good video . thank a lot 

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Submitted by H_M on Thu, 22/02/2024 - 05:34


it is really helpful, because it helped me how to ask people for help in the polite way.