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5 Everyday Conversational Expressions Directing a Conversation p.3

 

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* 5 Directing a Conversation (p.3 of 8)

 

5.9 When you dont understand what a speaker has said

 

Sir? Listen A I didnt hear what you said, sir, so could you please repeat it. <Can you please help me with my luggage? Sir? I need you to help me with the luggage.>

Maam? Listen A I didnt hear what you said, maam, so could you please repeat it. <How can I get to Maple Street? Maam? Im looking for Maple Street. Do you know where it is?>

Pardon me? Listen A I didnt understand what you said, so could you please repeat it. <The man had a strong accent. Suzy did not understand his question and said, Pardon me?>

Excuse me? Listen <Which floor do you need? Excuse me? Where do you want me to stop the elevator?>

Im sorry? Listen <Would you like regular or decaf? Im sorry? We have coffee of regular strength and decaffeinated coffee. Which one do you prefer?>

Im sorry. I missed that. Listen <Breakfast is served at 8 a.m. Im sorry. I missed that. Breakfast will be ready tomorrow at eight oclock in the morning.>

Im sorry. What? Listen <Its so noisy here. I can hardly hear you. Im sorry. What? Lets get out of here.>

What did you say? Listen <Make a left turn at the next intersection. What did you say? Turn left!>

What was that? Listen <Is it safe here in Georgia? Yeah. You aint gonna worry about nothing. What was that? Im saying, you dont need to worry about anything.>

Could you please repeat yourself? Listen <Sometimes I dont understand you. Could you please repeat yourself?>

Could you please repeat that? Listen <I didnt get what you said. Could you please repeat that?>

Could you please say that again? Listen <You have an accent. Could you please say that again?>

Say that again. Listen <Say that again. And speak more clearly this time.>

I didnt quite get that. Listen A I didnt hear what you said, so could you please repeat it. <I didnt quite get that. What did you say?>

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5.10 When you dont understand what a speaker is saying

 

I dont understand you. Listen <The old man cupped his hand to his ear and said, I dont understand you. Speak louder.>

I cant understand you. Listen <She told me, Youve got an accent. I cant understand you.>

I cant hear you. Listen <The schoolboy said bashfully, Im sorry. I wont do that again. The teacher said angrily, I cant hear you. Repeat.>

Could you please speak slower? Listen <Could you please speak slower? I can hardly understand you.>

Please speak more slowly. Listen <I dont understand you. Please speak more slowly.>

Speak up. Listen A Speak louder. Turn your voice up. <I dont hear well. Please speak up.>

Could you please speak louder? Listen <The old man told me, Could you please speak louder? I can hardly hear you.>

Could you spell that? Listen <Im looking for OReillys. Its a bakery. Can you help me? Hmm Could you spell that?>

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5.11 When you dont follow the speakers train of thought

 

I dont follow. Listen <Your logic seems sketchy. I dont follow.>

I dont follow you. Listen <Can you say that in plain English? I dont follow you.>

I dont quite follow you. Listen <Could you explain that in more detail? I dont quite follow you.>

Im not following you. Listen <Could you elaborate on that? Im not following you.>

Im not sure I follow. Listen <Could you amplify your point? Im not sure I follow.>

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5.12 When you dont understand the speakers point

 

I dont understand your point. Listen <I dont understand your point. Could you provide some details?>

I dont get it. Listen <My sister loves her husband. At the same time, she keeps telling me how unhappy her marriage is. I dont get it. It appears like she cant make up her mind.>

I didn’t quite get that.   Listen   <“This economic theory teaches us that if the government increases taxes, it has more money to give to the people.” – “I didn’t quite get that. Why doesn’t the government leave money in the people’s pockets in the first place?”>

I dont see what youre getting at. Listen <I understand your premises and logic, but I dont see what youre getting at.>

Im not sure I get your point. Listen <Im not sure I get your point. What do you want to say?>

Im not sure I get what you mean. Listen < Let me explain my thought once again, and you please listen carefully this time.>

Im not sure I know what you mean. Listen <The recent test is showing that your glucose level is way too high. You might have diabetes. Im not sure I know what you mean. Its a chronic disease. You will be dieting for the rest of your life.>

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5.13 When you bring up a counter point

 

I hate to bring this up, but Listen <I hate to bring this up, but I see a major flaw in your theory.>

I dont mean to be negative, but Listen <I dont mean to be negative, but the basis of your theory is questionable.>

I dont mean to be rude, but Listen <I dont mean to be rude, but Professor Johnson comes to a different conclusion.>

I may be wrong, but Listen <I may be wrong, but my test results contradict your assumptions.>

Correct me if I am wrong, but Listen <Correct me if Im wrong, but some parts of your theory contradict each other.>

You might be right, but Listen <Mr. Einstein, you might be right, but your theoretical results are hardly verifiable experimentally.>

You may have a good point, but Listen <You may have a good point, but your proof is insufficient at best.>

That may be true, but Listen <That may be true, but you cant prove it.>

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