Listen to these sentences at the Talking People Podcast: Useful Language. Communicative Strategies 1
Asking for Clarification & Getting More Info
|What do you mean?
What exactly do you mean?
What did you mean when you said…?
Would you mind explaining that? (I’m afraid I didn’t get it!) (I’m afraid I tuned out!)
I didn’t understand the part/idea about…
I didn’t understand what you meant when you said …
What sort of thing?
What kind of thing?
What does that involve?
Why do you say that?
Excuse me, I didn’t hear what you said.
Sorry, I missed the last bit
Sorry, I missed the last thing you said.
What did you say? I couldn’t hear.
Can you speak a bit louder, please?
Sorry, I tuned out a sec. What were you saying?
So what you are saying is…
(paraphrase, to check you got it!)
Do you know what I mean?
Do you see my point?
No, I don't mean that. I meant/was saying...
No, I didn't mean that. I was referring to ... /It's more like...
What I said/meant was…
Excuse me. I think you must have misunderstood my point. I meant…
How was (whatever)? (general question)