Learning a new language can be tricky. But you want to get it right. Right?
If you are learning English, a lot of effort is put into picking up vocabulary, spelling, reading, writing and above all listening and understanding.
However, the area where your learning becomes most crucial is when it finally gets put into practice your English in real life, when you are talking to a native speaker and sometimes it’s hard to understand the main word or even the whole sentence.
Accents, speed, slang and idiomatic variances can mean we feel very lost – almost as if the other person isn’t speaking English at all.
Here are some useful phrases and words to use when you’re not quite sure what someone is telling you…
So, next time you are talking to someone and “you don’t understand”, you can use:
- It’s all greek to me.
- I don’t have a clue.
- It’s a mystery to me.
- I just don’t get it.
- I don’t follow you.
- As clear as mud.
- It makes no sense.
- It’s beyond me!
- I can’t get my head around it!
And if you want to use the cool ones, here are some examples:
- Come again?
- Say what?
- No freaking idea.
- Pass that by me again?
Do you know other ways to say “I don’t understand”?