English Speaking Topic
Asking someone to explain
- How often you do not understand something in a conversation?
- How do you feel when that happen?
- What do you say or do when that happens.
Let’s learn some phrases to check for understanding and ask someone to explain something.
Learn more: Asking for Information
Asking someone to explain something
If you don’t understand what someone says, ask them to explain it.
If someone says something that upsets you, you can ask them to explain it using a more aggressive question.
If you want to check someone to understand youself, you can ask them this question
If you want to explain something again, you might use this phrase.
Learn more: Showing interest in a conversation
Useful tips – Rising intonation in questions
When checking for understanding, rising intonation is a common spoken feature in many English-speaking countries. Listen carefully to these speakers, note the rising intonation at the end of the sentence: