I don’t understand! – Part 3

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I don’t understand! – Part 3

How do you ask for help in English if you don’t understand or want someone to repeat something? What do you ask when there is something specific that you don’t understand?

I have various useful phrases that I can use when I speak French. They are a vital part of my French language and I use them all the time.

Here, in the 3rd part of ‘I DON’T UNDERSTAND’, I’m going to look at some questions we can use when we don’t understand a word or expression.

In the previous posts, ‘I DON’T UNDERSTAND! – Part 1’, I looked at some sentences for lower levels – (Level A1-A2) and in PART 2 expanded into more complex vocabulary and questions.

Here is PART 3 I’ll show you some sentences that you can use when you don’t understand a specific word or expression.

« The sentences are all standard phrases that anglophones use to verify a sentence or word. » 

Remember it’s important that you say these sentences with confidence and clarity….

The sentences I’ve written and recorded are all standard phrases that anglophones use to verify a sentence or word, so don’t be embarrassed to use them. 

When a Word or Expression is New

Try to follow my intonation (rise and fall) and accentuation (rhythm). Repeat the sentences several times. Can you hear the ‘music’ in my voice? Practise these sentences once a week, to ensure you’re ready for your next conversation in English. Which sentences will you try to use?

And, yes, we say ‘SORRY’ a lot in English. It’s part of the culture. We are not apologising; we are just being polite. « Sorry about that. » 🙂

Click on the buttons to listen and practice saying the sentences:

* I have used the expression ‘BACK ON TRACK’ in the examples to complete the questions.

Option 1
What does [insert word or expression] mean ?
Option 2
I’m sorry, I’m not sure I understand what you meant by [insert word or expression] ?
Option 3
Sorry, what do you mean by [insert word or expression] ?
Option 4
That’s a new word for me. Could you explain it ?
Option 5
That’s a new expression for me. Could you explain it ?
Option 6
Sorry, could you explain what you meant by [insert word or expression] ?

Do you have any other sentences you use? What would you say in French to ask the same questions?

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