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Has it happened to you while listening to a native English speaker and you as a non-native have not understood a thing of what he/she has said?

Have you ever felt like a deer in headlights when speaking English?

The expression “deer in headlights” means to feel fear like a deer when hunted.

Maybe you know the language pretty well but it’s the accent or the way speaker talks that make you not understand a thing. So, what should you do or in other words what are the expressions that you can use to help you with the matter? The following expressions are polite and you can almost always use them if you don’t understand someone or can’t hear them correctly.

I’m sorry, I didn’t catch what you said.

Could you repeat it (more slowly)?

I’m sorry, I didn’t understand that?

Would you mind repeating it?

I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you clearly. Could you say that again?

I’m sorry, what was that?

Could you say that again, please?

Could you repeat that, please?

I'm sorry?


What if you don’t understand a word and it is new to you?

It’s either formal or informal situation.

If you are talking with a formal person; a boss or someone like that it’s better to use the following questions?

I’m sorry, I’m not sure I understand what you meant by [insert word or expression]?

That’s a new word/expression for me. Could you explain it?

What does [insert word or expression] mean?

And if it's a family member or friend that is not very formal for you, use the following questions.

What did you say?

What was that?

Excuse me?




these were the helpful expressions when you don't understand someone. 


How to close a negotiation successfully?

Negotiation can happen at work or even on a family issue. Whatever or wherever it is some English expressions can be useful for you.

Closing the Deal:

To close the deal: This means that you are ready for the final stage of the negotiating process. It is time to: Summarize and agree on the final details Confirm or sign the agreement And then say “Woohoo!” for a successful negotiation.

Some expressions to Summarize Your Agreements:

So to summarize, we’ve agreed that …

Can we go over the agreement one more time to make sure we’re all on the same page?

Let’s review the key points.

So now, what’s the next step?


Some expressions used in closing the deal (the final agreement):

These expressions tell that you are ready to sign an agreement.


I think we both agree (or I think we all agree) to these terms.

We are satisfied (or we are content) with this decision.

We are willing to work with that.

Are you willing to work with that?

I think we’re ready to sign.

We should get this in writing.


And if you need more time to think about the subject over these are the expressions to Use:

Maybe the negotiation is going well but at the final stage, you still feel you (or your company) is not ready.

Let’s take some time to think and come back together as soon as we can.

Let’s sleep on it (very informal).

I’d like to take some time to think about this.

We have a lot to think about (or we have a lot to consider); we’d like a little more time to reflect.


Hope these expressions could be a great help for you



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